Volkswagen India seems to be on a cost cutting spree. As per a latest report Team-BHP, the company has taken-off certain features from the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI hatchback. Known as the driver’s car, it no longer features leather wrapped handbrake lever and fabric on door pads. Apart from this, Polo GT TSI will sport cheaper MRF ZVTVs or JK tyres, instead of the premium Apollo tyres.
These cost cutting features on the Polo GT 1.2 TSI have not gone down well with buyers who view the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI hatchback in the premium category. Surprisingly, these features still appear in the brochure which proudly displays the leather wrapped hand brake among other features.
This is not the first time that Volkswagen has resorted to cost cutting factors. In 2011, the company made significant changes to the Jetta and Vento sedan. Features such as one touch up/down power windows and anti theft motion sensors along with leather wrapped steering wheel were removed from the Vento while the Jetta lost its cruise control feature that was offered on the Comfortline variant.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is currently priced starting from INR 8.48 lakhs onwards (ex-showroom). It is powered by a 1198cc petrol engine offering 103 bhp peak power at 5,000rpm and 175 Nm peak torque at 1,500 rpm offering mileage of 16.48 kmpl. The car is regaled for its outstanding performance, economy to drive and a technology trendsetter in its segment.