Volkswagen Polo gets ABS standard across all trims in India; making it one of the safest hatchbacks available to buy
The Indian arm of Volkswagen appears to have included another important feature as standard in the Polo premium hatchback. Just over three months ago, Ford announced dual airbags as standard fitment on the EcoSport SUV while most recently Polo’s rival Honda Jazz received such treatment with a price hike.
In a bid to reduce the ever increasing accident rates, Indian government proposed a draft that will see airbags being mandated alongside seat-belt reminder alarm system, speed warning technology and reverse gear sensors for child pedestrian safety as standard for passenger cars from October 2017.
Amidst the growing interest in improving road safety, Volkswagen has made ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard equipment across all variants of the Polo. This means, the Polo has got the ABS safety feature in the base Trendline grade alongside the Comfortline and Highline trims.
It is worth noting that the German automaker introduced dual airbags from entry-level variant right from 2014. The newly added ABS feature in Polo makes Volkswagen joining Toyota as the volume producers to provide ABS and airbags as standard throughout the product range.
By having dual airbags and ABS available across all trims, the Toyota Etios Liva and VW Polo are the only hatchbacks in the segment to boast four-star NCAP safety rating right now. The base Polo Trendline starts from Rs 5.45 lakh (Petrol) / Rs 6.89 lakh (Diesel), Rs 5.99 lakh (Petrol) / Rs 7.82 lakh (Diesel) for Comfortline and Rs 7.02 Lakh (Petrol) / Rs 8.5 Lakh (Diesel) for the Highline (all ex-showroom prices, New Delhi).
Volkswagen is reportedly planning a new generation for the Polo besides a Vento facelift. Both the models will be underpinned by the MQB A0 platform that will also spawn a compact SUV which is due for 2018. Earlier this month, VW launched the Allstar special edition of the Polo with cosmetic updates, improved interior visuals and added equipment.