The new Polo, introduced day before yesterday, is one of the first cars getting launched in the fiercely competitive B-segment hatchbacks.

Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto and i20, all are coming in with newer facelifts and upgrades within this year. Thanks to the early bird advantage, the new Polo gets to attack the market first. One of the sturdiest cars in the market saw a shift to a more powerful diesel mill combined with a few cosmetic changes.

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Here is a quick comparison between the new Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20 and Fiat Punto.

Swift vs i20 vs Punto vs New Polo: Diesel

Specification Volkswagen Polo (D) Maruti Suzuki Swift (D) Hyundai i20 (D) Fiat Punto (D)
Engine 1.5L four cylinder, TDI 1.3L four cylinder, DDiS 1.4L U2 CRDi 1.3L Multijet
Max. Power 90PS 75PS 90PS 76PS/93PS
Peak Torque 230Nm 190Nm 219.7Nm 197Nm/209Nm
Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 6 speed manual 5 speed manual
Dimensions (in mm) 3971×1682×1469 3850×1695×1530 3995×1710×1505 3987×1687×1495
Wheelbase 2469mm 2430mm 2525mm 2510mm
Fuel Tank 45L 42L 45L 45L
Turning Radius 4.97m 4.8m 5.2m 5m
Boot space N/A N/A 295L 280L
Kerb Weight 1033kg, 1049kg, 1053kg 1050kg, 1060kg, 1080kg 1650kg 1130kg, 1144kg
Ground Clearance 165mm 170mm 165mm 185mm
Fuel Efficiency 20.14kmpl 22.9kmpl 21.9 kmpl 20.3kmpl/20.5kmpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 6.27 lakhs to 7.37 lakhs Rs 5.5 lakhs to Rs 6.7 lakhs Rs 5.95 to Rs 7.53 lakhs Rs 5.61lakhs to Rs 7.24 lakhs

With the new Polo, Volkswagen has announced a massive attack on the competition specially for the diesel version. On the specs front, new Polo has the biggest engine here with power output equaling Hyundai’s i20, slightly lesser than Punto 90hp. However, on the torque front, Polo is the champion with class leading figures. This should translate into real easy drives, we hope they are involving as well.

While the rest of the cars get 5-speed manual transmissions, i20, here comes mated with a 6-speed gearbox. i20 is also the largest car in this comparo leading in all the dimension figures, including wheelbase.

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New Polo’s ground clearance of 165mm is as good as the competition with Punto outdoing all others at 185mm. However, its on the fuel efficiency figures that the bigger engine takes a blow. Polo is the most fuel guzzling car in this comparo. Swift leads the pack with most impressive fuel efficiency figures but it also lowest on power.

New Polo diesel also has the highest entry price but then it comes with standard dual airbags upfront. On the top of the line variants, Hyundai is the costliest to own.

Polo vs Swift vs i20 vs Punto: Petrol Comparo

Specification Volkswagen Polo (P) Maruti Suzuki Swift (P) Hyundai i20 (P) Fiat Punto (P)
Engine 1.2L three cylinder, MPI 1.3L four cylinder, DDiS 1.2L 1.2L/1.4L
Max. Power 75PS 75PS 84PS 68PS/90PS
Peak Torque 110Nm 114Nm 114Nm 96Nm/115Nm
Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual
Dimensions (in mm) 3971×1682×1469 3850×1695×1530 3995×1710×1505 3987×1687×1495
Wheelbase 2469mm 2430mm 2525mm 2510mm
Fuel Tank 45L 42L 45L 45L
Turning Radius 4.97m 4.8m 5.2m 5m
Boot space N/A N/A 295L 280L
Kerb Weight 1126kg, 1142kg, 1158kg 1050kg, 1060kg, 1080kg 1515kg/1565kg 1130kg, 1144kg
Ground Clearance 165mm 170mm 165mm 185mm
Fuel Efficiency 16.47 kmpl 18.6 kmpl 18.5 kmpl 14.6kmpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 4.99 lakhs to Rs 6.07 lakhs Rs 4.42 lakhs to Rs 5.66 lakhs Rs 4.81 to Rs 6.74 lakhs Rs 4.92 lakhs to Rs 6.70 lakhs

When it comes to petrol versions of these cars, things just look very general! Polo’s 1.2L MPI engine, which has been carried over, is just about an average motor with a lot of noise. Punto, with the biggest 1.4L petrol engine is the most powerful car here producing 90PS of power. In terms of torque, all the cars are just about similar and all of them carry 5-speed manual gearboxes. i20 also comes with an optional automatic gearbox on the 1.4L petrol engine.

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New Polo vs Old: Click pic to know what has changed

Punto is the least fuel efficient car in this comparo, followed by the new Polo. Both i20 and Swift manage to return very respectable official ARAI fuel efficiency figures.

When it comes to price, top of the line Volkswagen Polo petrol is the most affordable, if we discount half a segment lower Swift.

So, which one for you…?

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