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Polo GTI: Less IS more!

By: Les Stephenson 2011-04-07

While the world dithers on and on global warming the alleged of the piece – the auto industry – right on trying to clean up its VW’s new Polo GTI, one hot hussy of a hatch, is a shining of tech beating talk.

after a couple of hundred through the Western Cape’s in the new car, the obvious question why, oh why, spend an eighty grand on a bloated GTI when the lightweight Polo has and the exact same 6.9sec time as its bigger brother?

Oh and its a four-door so loading the kids for will not be a morning mission. And the car the Golf GTI’s big rims their five U-shaped

The price might seems a daunting (R259 000) but it’s not as costly as two of its obvious immediate competitors (each of a two-door hatch): Opel’s 1.6 OPC is R259 790 and Renault’s Clio 2.0 RS 900.

Less expensive is Alfa’s 1.4T Distinctive at R248 022 but it’s not a GTI…


the Clio is more powerful with its two-litre engine but it can’t beat the Polo’s 0-100 (their times are The Polo bests all three on (250Nm), acceleration, top speed fuel consumption (5.9 and CO2 emissions (139g/km, which it the cleanest GTI yet).

Those a good memory might that the previous Polo had a engine and was about R14 000 cheaper this its successor. It was also down on torque, 22kW on power, 1.3sec slower to 13km/h down on top speed and two litres/100 thirstier.

As I said in the the auto industry is doing about global warming… but there’s more, according to VW…


The extra that comes with the of a supercharger AND a turbo to the diminutive four-cylinder engine, the seven-speed sequential gearbox, full leather, multi-function steering parking radar, transverse (see image in gallery) and pressure monitoring are, VW worth R40 000.

At the risk of the coarse comments about much were you paid to that?”, is that a bargain, or for a hot version of the car that won the World Car of the the European Car of the Year and half of the South African Car of the Year

THE GOLF GTI’S BIG LITTLE Big wheels fill its wheel but can the Polo GTI fill the same as the Golf GTI? In most yes it can — while saving you R80

It’s so well-specced that the options are a sliding sunroof, crash bags and rear radar. And anybody who wants a in the SA climate, well… And here’s a for the autoboffins: whacking the paddles seven cogs is hard to track of and the electronic shift number displayed on most cars’ instrument panels is too for checking at a glance so why not have a voice announce the changes as are made?

VW SA says a two-door version be possible but there is no alternative to the DSG box – is a pity, because a six-speed would be a dream in this lightweight rocket that you can still have fun in a performance car writing off Mother Earth.

And what’s the point of getting automotive moral knickers in a what the Chinese are pumping out cars a day and drowning in their own

But back to the Polo GTI: Big it but it WILL seat four if the occupants don’t mind their knees a bit. 3676mm long, 1682mm and 1452mm high (15mm than the standard car) – is why I described the Golf as bloated. nearly 54cm longer wider but only 1.7cm

It also has only a six-speed or DSG ‘box; my feeling is that the seven-speed is to reduce stress on the 1.4 the Golf is a two-litre turbo.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

The GTI has an extensive list of standard including aluminium-look pedals, windows and external mirrors, aircon, fog lights, front and crash bags and IsoFix for kiddie seats.

DOESN’T DO The Polo GTI is more than a metre shorter than the but it has a much bigger heart.

also cruise control, a audio system with MP3 and six speakers, power headlight height and reach adjustment on the steering wheel with its and other controls.

As a package, the fast Polo is its mountain pass-taming ability by VW’s electronic differential (as on the Golf) that tames Build quality is immaculate and been spared on matching the GTI’s red-stitching, black identity.

It’s fast and but, frankly, not recommended for or Jane’s first car. VW is to sell just short of 600 GTI’s during the balance of – handing the cars out to inexperienced could well increase number, courtesy of the insurance

And that despite “generously brakes and traction control, brakes, wheelspin control, the diff lock and tyre monitors.

You have been

Three colours are available – silver and blue — as as white, black and deep though why anybody would a GTI in anything but red escapes me.


The VW Polo GTI is with a three-year or 120 000km and a 12-year anti-rust through Optional are a five-year or 60 000km plan and a five-year or 60 000km plan.

Service intervals 15

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