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Volkswagen Polo or Skoda Fabia? Check it out

Last updated on: May 18, 2010 09:01 IST

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The Volkswagen group has hit the jackpot in India with its recently launched premium hatchback Polo.

The company received an overwhelming response and is facing delivery backlogs.

Volkswagen group's sister company Skoda too has a premium hatchback, Fabia, in the Indian market.

But the Skoda Fabia did not manage to get the same response as the Volkswagen Polo. This leads to a comparison of the two cars to find out what are their strengths and weaknesses.

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Image: Volkswagen Polo.
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Engine capacity

Skoda Fabia comes in both diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol engine is a three-cylinder 1.2 HTP engine with a power output of 70bhp at 5400rpm and max torque of 108 Nm at 3000rpm.

The diesel engine has a three-cylinder 1.4 turbo diesel with power output of 51 kW with a max torque of 155Nm at 1600-2800rpm.

On the other hand, the Volkswagen Polo comes in both petrol and diesel options. The three-cylinder 1.2L, 1198cc, petrol engine offers 74 BHP at 5,400 rpm and 110Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm.

The 1.2L 3-cylinder diesel offers 74 BHP at 4,200 rpm and 180Nm of torque 2,000 rpm.

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Image: Skoda Fabia.
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Features

You have the option of buying the Volkswagen Polo in highline, comfortline and trendline trims.

The cars has some unique features that include storage compartment in front doors for 1.5 litre bottles, sunglass storage inside glove box, folding rear seat backrests and the two-tone dashboard.

Polo also offers remote keyless central locking that includes remote window up/down on the highline, which is unique in the segment.

Talking about the standard features - the tilt and telescopic steering, green-tinted heat-blocking glass, body coloured bumpers, halogen headlights and galvanised body with 6 years anti corrosion warranty.

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Image: Interior of Volkswagen Polo.
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Skoda Fabia has impressive dual tone design with multi-textured seat fabrics.

The instrument panel displays current time, outdoor temperature, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance travelled, time driven and average speed range.

Some other key features include a remote keyless entry for one-touch lock and unlock, electronically adjustable and heated outside rear view mirrors and front and rear power windows.

Skoda Fabia has a chassis that has a sophisticated front McPherson strut suspension along with a strong lower A-arm and non-independent rear suspension designed for Indian roads.

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Image: Interior of Skoda Fabia.
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Fuel efficiency

Skoda Fabia's petrol engine delivers approximately 14.7 km/litre on the highway and 11.6 kmpl in the city.

While the1.4 turbo diesel engine gives an amazing fuel efficiency of 14.1 km/litre in the city and 18.5 km/litre on the highway.

The Volkswagen Polo petrol offers a mileage of about 12 kmpl in the city and 16 kmpl on the highway while the diesel version offers about 13.5 kmpl in the city and 17.5 kmpl on the highway.

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Image: Rear view of Volkswagen Polo.
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Price factor

The Volkswagen Polo is available between Rs 434,000 and Rs 700,000, and Skoda Fabia comes for Rs 502,037 to Rs 784,202 (prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Having analysed both the cars one can conclude that both Polo and Fabia have some of the best features in the segment.

Same can be said about their performance and fuel efficiency. But the questions then arise that why Fabia lacks the popularity that Polo is getting.

The only factor that seems to be causing this is the price. The price-sensitive nature of Indian buyers votes in favour of Polo that costs a little less than Fabia.

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Image: The trunk of Skoda Fabia.
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