>>This red beauty has sure got the looks and is a head turner. But it’s no regular Volkswagen Polo — it is the Volkswagen Cross Polo, which costs about Rs. 65,000 more than the regular Polo Highline diesel. On the sides, the matt black cladding continues along the lower portion of the doors and you get a Cross Polo sticker. The rear-view mirrors are also painted in silver. At the rear, again the lower portion of the bumper has the matt-black cladding with some silver panelling on the lowermost portion. And then you get these neat roof rails that add that give it that outdoor appeal.One would think that a vehicle called a Cross Polo would have a little bit more ground clearance –right? But no, the ground clearance is identical to the regular Polos at 168 mm. So are these bits worth the extra cash? We think not. Why then would you want a Cross Polo. Let’s explore its other virtues. The interiors of the Cross Polo are done up in black, which of course look quite classy. The seat fabric also is special. But functionally, there’s nothing really different compared to the regular Polo Highline. You get a two-din integrated music system with Bluetooth audio and phone controls. You also get steering mounted audio controls. Automatic climate control and audio-only reverse parking sensors are standard. The display shows you average fuel economy, range, temperature, gear change indicator and odometer.It comes with powered mirrors and remote central locking. There’s a party trick or two as well, like these windows that roll down or roll up with the remote, and have an auto roll-down, roll-up and anti-pinch function. The engine is the same 1.2 litre three-cylinder diesel engine that powers the regular Polo, and puts out 74 bhp of power and 180 newton meters of torque. The five-speed manual transmission is a bit notchy. The car has a bit of turbo-lag and you find yourself downshifting once too often. But once you cross 1800 rpm, there’s a nice surge in power, with the engine eager to rev. It does sound a bit noisy though outside, while interior NVH levels are pretty good. Fuel economy overall was an acceptable 17.2 kilometers per litre, going beyond 20 on the highway. Space though, is not a strong point of the car.The boot can hold up to 280 litres of luggage, but the rear seat doesn’t fold fully flat. But then, this car is meant to be a driver’s car. The handling is precise and the suspension robust enough to
soak up bumps easily, while keeping you comfortable. The gearing is tall and the car can quite effortlessly hold three digit speeds on the expressway. The Volkswagen CrossPolo then, is a car that someone who wants to stand out in a crowd would pick — a car with muscular pretensions. A car for those who just want to be different. .