Whenever it comes to driving, especially city driving, every one of us tries to keep it as stress and hassle free as possible. This might be the reason why carmakers are now introducing new features in their products so as to target the urban pool of customers. Automatic cars are one such example that are being introduced and have turned out to be equally appealing amongst Indians.
Automatic transmission (AT) is a pretty common thing in C-segment sedans. Apart from manual transmission, most of the C-segment sedans are nowadays made available in automatic transmission variant as well, but we can hardly find hatchbacks with engines that are mated with automatic transmission gearboxes.
Whenever it comes to city driving, some default things flash in our mind, viz. speed breakers, traffic signals and many more. Automatic cars then make the driving comfortable as the transmission system deals with engine performance during such abrupt situations.Another factor that has worked in favor of automatic transmission in hatchbacks is that hatchbacks are better traffic negotiators than sedans or SUVs.
Volkswagen might have encountered the advantage of inclusion of automatic system in hatchbacks. The German carmaker seems to be targeting daily urban office goers by launching the new automatic avatar of the Polo. If inside scoops are to be believed, Volkswagen is currently carrying out tests of the automatic transmission system with the 1.6L highline petrol avatar of the Polo and may roll out the variant by the end of August this year. It seems that VW won’t be facing problems in introducing the automatic version with the aforesaid engine spec, as the same engine mated with AT system is featured in Vento and Skoda Rapid. This means that it won’t be a tough for the carmaker to introduce the same thing in Polo too.
It doesn’t seem that the inclusion of automatic transmission system would make any difference in torque, power or mileage delivery of the car. Speculations are there that the Polo engine will continue delivering peak power of 105bhp, maximum torque of 153Nm and a mileage of 10kmpl.
Indian market isn’t rich in premium hatchback modelsfeaturing automatic transmission system. As of now, it’s just the Hyundai i20 that costs around Rs.7.8 lakh has an AT system. As far as approximation of price tag for the VW Polo AT is concerned, we must keep it in mind that it’s just Rs.1 lakh that differentiates the price tag of VW Vento Highline petrol and the VW Vento AT. This means that we can expect the Polo AT’s price tag to roam somewhere around Rs.7.5 lakh along with some additional features.