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[YesAuto Model PK] The 2013 Carnival was officially launched in China in March this year. The mid-term facelift is not just a small modification to the exterior and interior. It has improved powertrain and configuration to varying degrees. , And the price is basically the same as that of the old model, aiming to improve the cost performance in the form of “incremental” without price increase. In fact, Changan Ford did this, and its purpose is obvious. Looking back at the performance of Carnival in China in 2012, the sales volume of about 52,000 units is very reluctant, which is far from its performance in foreign markets. In order to further increase sales, improving cost performance may be the most direct and feasible way.

On the other hand, Shanghai Volkswagen POLO, one of its direct competitors, sold more than 150,000 vehicles in 2012, a remarkable result. As a joint venture small car that has been sold in China for 10 years, although there has been a reduction in equipment before, consumers still love it, and it cannot be separated from the brand’s popularity and its early years. The accumulated good user reputation is the two main factors. In the current market conditions, who has a mid-term facelifted model with “sincerity” and a model with a good reputation among users, who has a competitive advantage? I believe this is an issue that everyone is concerned about. In fact, during the writing, I read the Carnival Forum and comparative statistics, and found that most consumers who are preparing to buy the Carnival still struggle between it and POLO. That being the case, I hope this comparative article can give this part of consumers a more accurate judgment.

Introduction to the appearance and interior of the two cars:

There are indeed many changes in the exterior design of the 2013 Carnival. At least from the front, it is difficult to associate it with the old models. As one of the key improvements of the mid-term facelift, its front grille adopts a large mouth design similar to that of the new Mondeo, and its shape is similar to that of Aston Martin's family design. As for the rear and side of the car, perhaps the designer’s inspiration has been used almost, or the designer believes that the previous design has been very successful, so these two places continue the design of the old model, only for some details Made changes.

The shape design of POLO can see many of Volkswagen's family design elements, such as the headlights with sharply-shaped headlights, which have been blackened to highlight their sporty style. Black decorations are used around the fog lights, while the chrome-plated decorative lines increase the sense of hierarchy. The edges are prominent forward, just like the air kits of many modified cars, the overall shape is sharper and more dynamic than the previous generation. In contrast, the tail design does not blindly pursue the unity of the family design, but retains some of its own traditions. The most obvious place is that the shape of the taillight group is exactly the same as the third-generation POLO. Of course, such as the L-shaped design on the taillights and the operation of lifting the car logo to open the trunk, it is still very similar to the older brother Golf 6.

In my opinion, the carnival's exterior design is indeed not as dynamic and beautiful as the old models, but it is more individualized, especially the “Aston Martin” front face will definitely make it a return rate on the street; POLO The exterior design is young, stylish and dynamic, and it looks small and exquisite. However, the new cars developed by Volkswagen in recent years are too similar. I believe that for most consumers, there is no new feeling at all.

In the interior design, the 2013 Carnival continued the design of the old model, with dynamic and avant-garde as the main tone. Although this is a design a few years ago, even today it does not feel outdated at all, and it still has a good temptation for young people. In fact, the carnival's interior design has also been affirmed by Ford itself. The interior designs of the Escape, Focus, and Yibo models currently on the market are all based on the carnival's. The interior design of POLO is as popular as ever, and the interior of the car exudes a strong German industrial atmosphere, which is obviously a bit conservative compared to the exterior design. In fact, we are quite familiar with such a design. The design of the Golf 6 is indeed lacking in novelty, but it is better to look at.

In terms of car interior workmanship, they all maintain the level expected of a small joint venture car at this price. Each component in the car has a good texture, and the seams between these components are even and fine. In addition, the buttons on their multimedia systems and air-conditioning systems also have quite good performance, with clear damping and delicate touch. If you want to choose a better performance between the two, I would choose POLO, which has better interior refinement.

Body size comparison:

Body size comparison
Model Carnival Hatchback POLO
Length (mm) 3970 (Strong dynamic type: 3980) 3970
Width (mm) 1722 1682
Height (mm) 1470 1462
Wheelbase (mm) 2495 2470

The body size of the two cars are relatively close, and the carnival has a slight advantage in length, width, height and wheelbase. However, according to the current situation, such body size data can only be regarded as a qualified level in this level. Compared with the Korean competitors, they have been separated a certain distance, especially in terms of wheelbase data.

Comparison of engine, gearbox, suspension, etc.:

The 2013 Carnival is currently only equipped with a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine, while the old 1.3L naturally aspirated engine has been abandoned. This 1.5L engine has joined the intake and exhaust variable valve technology (Ti-VCT), which is a certain improvement compared to the 1.5L engine of the old model that only uses the VIS variable intake manifold technology. Reflecting on the book parameters, its maximum output power is 110 horsepower (81kW)/6045rpm, and the maximum torque is 140N·m/4500rpm, which is an increase of 7 horsepower and 2N·m respectively compared with the old 1.5L engine.

The two naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engines from the Volkswagen EA111 series on POLO are already familiar to people. Among them, the 1.6L engine is currently used in Golf 6, Sagitar and other models. On the book data, the maximum power of the 1.4L engine is 86 horsepower (63kW) and the maximum torque is 132N·m; the maximum power of the 1.6L engine is 105 horsepower (77kW) and the maximum torque is 155N·m.

As can be seen from the above table, the maximum power value of Carnival's 1.5L engine is 5 horsepower more than POLO's 1.6L engine, but the maximum torque is relatively less than 15N·m. In fact, the book data of the two engines is only the normal level of the same displacement, nothing special.

One of the major improvements of the 2013 Carnival is the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which naturally became the only model in this class equipped with a dual-clutch gearbox. Of course, POLO is not to be outdone. Its automatic models are equipped with the already mature 6-speed Tiptronic gearbox. In addition, they all have 5-speed manual transmissions for consumers to choose from. However, from the perspective of the product layout, their manual transmission models are more to lower the price threshold of the product, not the main sales model.

Comparison of space in the car:

Although they are only small cars, for domestic consumers, the space in the car is still one of the leading factors in car purchase, so the comparison of their space in the car is a crucial link. I need to remind everyone that the following riding space experience is completed by me, who is 1.79 meters tall, and the driver seats of the two cars are adjusted to the lowest position before the experience.

From the above data and actual experience, it can be seen that the carnival's space in the car has an advantage over the POLO. It has a finger space on the head of the rear row and three finger space on the legs. In contrast, POLO’s rear space is a bit more stubborn, and friends who are close to my height or taller than me will feel depressed sitting in the back of it.

As for the center position of the rear row of the two cars, I suggest that you still don't force too much. Although the experience is only ten minutes or so, I can't stand it anymore. The chair back is too vertical, the raised floor is high, and the headrest is not supported. I can only “bow” when sitting in this position. I believe that short-distance rides for adults are also uncomfortable. .

Comparison of storage space:

Since it is a family car, the storage space in the car is also a crucial place. In this comparison link, I use the number of storage compartments and humanity of the two vehicles as the measurement standard, and the equipment for comparison is 510ml of mineral water, large wallets, mobile phones and other items.

In terms of the performance of the storage compartment in the car, I think the performance of the two cars is not the same, each has its own good and bad. For example, the front door storage compartment of the Carnival has enough space and good practicability. However, there is no storage compartment on the rear door, and there is only one cup holder for the entire rear row; the POLO glove box is wide and there are hidden storage compartments inside, which is very user-friendly. However, the number of storage compartments in the car is not enough for the carnival.

Under normal conditions, the carnival’s trunk volume is 270L, which is larger than POLO (250L). With the rear seats down, their trunk volume has increased a lot. Judging from the above data, the Carnival’s trunk volume still has certain advantages, and its maximum depth is 180mm longer than POLO.

Skylight comparison:

In the skylight area, the carnival is larger than the POLO, but the openable area of the POLO is much larger than the carnival. The reason is that the carnival’s sunroof adopts a flip-out design. This kind of sunroof structure cannot be fully opened, and it will also be raised to a certain angle. The fixation of the sunroof will inevitably make people worry about when driving at high speed.

Configuration comparison:

In view of the different numbers of their models, the Carnival hatchback has only 6 models, while POLO has 7 models (excluding CROSS POLO and POLO GTI), which is a little bit different in number. For the sake of fairness, in the configuration comparison link, I will use the Carnival Huawei basis, and then look for the model with the closest manufacturer's guide price in the POLO car series for comparison.

Carnival Hatchback 1.5L manual style or POLO 1.4L manual style version?

Configuration comparison specification table (1)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Manual Style POLO 1.4L manual fashion version
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 7.99 8.59
Difference (ten thousand yuan) +0.60
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.4L 86 horsepower L4
Front/rear tire specifications 185/55 R15 185/65 R14
Spare tire specifications 175/65 R14 185/65 R14
Child seat interface ISOFIX
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Seat height adjustment
Rear seat reclining method Proportion down Overall down
CD supports MP3/WMA
Multimedia system Single CD
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration

These two models are the lowest version of their respective car series, and it can only be said that the configuration can basically meet the needs of daily use. It is not difficult to see from the above table that the two cars have the same configuration, and the biggest difference comes from the engine. The carnival hatchback 1.5L manual style version is not only cheaper by 6000 yuan, but also the power parameters are significantly better than the POLO 1.4L manual style version. If you are struggling between the lowest models of these two cars, then the Fiesta Hatchback 1.5L manual style version is obviously more worth buying.

Carnival Hatchback 1.5L manual fashion type or POLO 1.4L manual comfort version?

Configuration comparison specification table (2)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Manual Fashion Type POLO 1.4L Manual Comfort Edition
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 8.99 9.49
Difference (ten thousand yuan) +0.50
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.4L 86 horsepower L4
Front/rear tire specifications 185/55 R15 185/60 R15
Child seat interface ISOFIX
Electric sunroof
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Rear parking radar
Front center armrest
Bluetooth/car phone
Rearview mirror heating
Air conditioning control method Manual Manual (automatic can be installed)
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration


The configuration of the POLO 1.4L manual comfort version is richer than the carnival hatchback 1.5L manual fashion type, but from the above table, it is not difficult to see that these relatively more configurations are not worthwhile except for the rear parking radar. high. Considering that the Carnival Hatchback 1.5L manual fashion model has obvious advantages in terms of power, and it is relatively cheap by 5,000 yuan, I think the Carnival Hatchback 1.5L manual fashion model has more purchase value in the two models.

Carnival hatchback 1.5L automatic fashion type or POLO 1.6L manual comfort version?

Configuration comparison specification table (3)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Automatic Fashion Type POLO 1.6L Manual Comfort Edition
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 9.89 9.99
Difference (ten thousand yuan) +0.10
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.6L 105 horsepower L4
Gearbox 6-speed dual clutch 5-speed manual
Front/rear tire specifications 185/55 R15 185/60 R15
Child seat interface ISOFIX
Electric sunroof
Brake assist
Traction control
Body stability control
Automatic parking
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Rear parking radar
Front center armrest
Bluetooth/car phone
Rearview mirror heating
Air conditioning control method Manual Manual (automatic can be installed)
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration


In the price range of close to 100,000 yuan, POLO’s engine displacement has risen to 1.6L, which is basically the same as the Carnival in terms of power parameters, but this price can still only be purchased with manual gearbox models. If you choose the carnival hatchback 1.5L automatic fashion model at this price, you will not only spend 1,000 yuan less, but you can also have a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox and active safety configurations such as body stability control, brake assist, traction control, and automatic parking. In these configurations, in addition to the dual-clutch gearbox, the body stability control is also a highlight. You must know that this configuration is unique in this level.

Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Automatic Style or POLO 1.4L Automatic Comfort Edition?

Configuration comparison specification table (4)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Automatic Style POLO 1.4L Automatic Comfort Edition
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 10.39 10.69
Difference (ten thousand yuan) +0.30
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.4L 86 horsepower L4
Gearbox 6-speed dual clutch 6-speed hand-in-one
Front/rear tire specifications 185/55 R15 185/60 R15
Child seat interface ISOFIX
Electric sunroof
Brake assist
Traction control
Body stability control
Automatic parking
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Rear parking radar
Front center armrest
Bluetooth/car phone
Rearview mirror heating
Air conditioning control method Manual Manual (automatic can be installed)
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration

The comparison result of these two models is obvious, because whether it is the power parameters or the interior configuration, the advantages of the Carnival Hatchback 1.5L automatic model are very obvious. In fact, this model is nothing more than the addition of a sunroof to the carnival hatchback 1.5L automatic fashion model. Although the advantages of comparing the carnival this time are obvious, what makes me puzzled is that the carnival at this price is still not equipped with the practical configuration of rear parking radar.

Carnival hatchback 1.5L automatic sports type or POLO 1.6L automatic comfort version?

Configuration comparison specification table (5)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L automatic sports type POLO 1.6L Automatic Comfort Edition
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 11.19 11.19
Difference (ten thousand yuan)
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.6L 105 horsepower L4
Gearbox 6-speed dual clutch 6-speed hand-in-one
Front/rear tire specifications 195/50 R16 185/60 R15
Front/rear head airbag
Child seat interface LATCH (ISOFIX) ISOFIX
Electric sunroof
Brake assist
Traction control
Body stability control
Automatic parking
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Multifunction steering wheel
Sport style seats
Front center armrest
Bluetooth/car phone
Number of speakers 6 4
Rearview mirror heating
Air conditioning control method automatic Manual (automatic can be installed)
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration


The carnival hatchback 1.5L automatic sports model is the second top model of the car series, 6 airbags, 16-inch wheels, multi-function steering wheel, sports seats, 6 speakers, etc. are its relative improvements. From the above table, it is not difficult to see that in terms of configuration, the Carnival Hatchback 1.5L automatic sports type has the advantage, the active and passive safety configuration is complete, and the comfort configuration is not bad. In terms of cost performance, it is much higher than the POLO 1.6L automatic comfort version.

Carnival Hatchback 1.5L automatic power type or POLO 1.4L automatic luxury version/1.6L automatic luxury version?

Configuration comparison specification table (6)
Model Carnival Hatchback 1.5L Auto Power Type POLO 1.4L Automatic Deluxe Edition POLO 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition
Manufacturer's guide price (ten thousand yuan) 11.69 11.89 12.39
Difference (ten thousand yuan) +0.20 +0.70
engine 1.5L 110 horsepower L4 1.4L 86 horsepower L4 1.6L 105 horsepower L4
Gearbox 6-speed dual clutch 6-speed hand-in-one 6-speed hand-in-one
Front/rear tire specifications 195/50 R16 185/60 R15 185/60 R15
Child seat interface LATCH (ISOFIX) ISOFIX ISOFIX
Keyless start system
Keyless entry system
Brake assist
Traction control
Body stability control
Automatic parking
Sport appearance kit
Steering wheel adjustment Adjust up and down Up and down + forward and backward adjustment Up and down + forward and backward adjustment
Multifunction steering wheel
Sport style seats
Heated front seats
Front center armrest
Bluetooth/car phone
Number of speakers 6 4 4
Rearview mirror heating
UV protection/insulation glass
In-car air conditioning/pollen filtration


Both POLO 1.4L Automatic Deluxe Edition and 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition are the top models with their respective displacements, and their configuration is naturally improved compared to other models. However, the auto-powered version of Carnival’s top-mounted model seems to be more outstanding, especially in terms of safety configuration, such as brake assist, traction control and body stability control, even the top-mounted POLO is not equipped, and the Fiesta’s automatic power-driven type It comes with convenient configurations such as one-button start, automatic parking, and multi-function steering wheel. In contrast, the POLO 1.4L automatic luxury version and 1.6L automatic luxury version only have more comfort-oriented front center armrests, rear-view mirror heating, anti-ultraviolet/heat insulation glass, interior air conditioning/pollen filtering, etc. Configuration.

◆ Full text summary:

The appearance and interior design styles of the two models are different, and the carnival is avant-garde and full of dynamic atmosphere. In contrast, POLO seems to be conservative and moderate, but it is better to watch. In terms of power, the Carnival has only one displacement model of 1.5L for everyone to choose from, while POLO has two types of 1.4L and 1.6L. From the book data, their performance is at a normal level, and the maximum power and maximum torque are mutually beneficial. . In addition, from our experience, the Carnival is more dominant in the volume of the trunk, but the gap in riding space is not large.

For them, the main difference lies in the configuration. The carnival's low- and medium-range models have obvious advantages and greater purchase value. In terms of high-end models, the POLO still has no improvement, and the active and passive safety configuration and comfort configuration are slightly inferior to the Carnival. On the whole, the arrival of the facelifted Carnival can be described as fully prepared. With the price basically unchanged, the overall improvement of the exterior, interior and power makes it extremely competitive. As a favorite among consumers in small cars, POLO has to play with the spirit, because apart from the reputation accumulated over the years, it has nothing special about it.