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Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Collingrove, Australia

What we liked

for your buck

Quick seven-speed DSG

0-100 times dearer Golf GTI

Not so much

No transmission

Suspension compliance town

Space saver wheel

Overall rating:

Price, Value, Practicality:

Safety: 3.5/5.0

Behind the 3.5/5.0

X-factor: 3.0/5.0

Golf bang, Polo

Volkswagen’s fifth-generation Polo, and its GTI iteration, has already proven a hit Launched in Europe this the littlest GTI drew strong for its provocative performance, slick DSG and resolute roadholding.

The Gen 4 Polo GTI 1600 cumulative units Under since going on in 2006. Built in Spain, the new GTI is expected to build on these The fact the new car is bigger — and — won’t do it any harm in sales chase.

The new GTI will be from December 1, with a DSG the only transmission option a potent 1.4-litre twin-charged petrol engine. Performance is with 0-100km/h times those found in Volkswagen’s (and dearer) cult Golf GTI.


For the coin, GTI is unmatched

When you consider the of performance on offer in the new Polo the $27,790 entry price is a sweet deal. That price gets you three and Volkswagen’s lauded seven-speed DSG transmission, which is now standard (no gearbox available). If the practicality of doors is more your go, add an $2200.

The top-shelf Polo a generous level of standard into its diminutive package. GTI-spec features including Denver alloy wheels, grille with red horizontal front fog lamps, daytime lamps, red brake callipers, chrome exhaust tip and rear make Polo GTI pop stylistically.

traditional GTI ‘Jacky’ tartan is found under a black lining while matte trim highlights, leather flat bottom steering and gear knob add to the quality of the classy compact cabin. display, cruise control, air sports seats, tyre monitor, centre armrest and the powered options are all standard. comes by way of Volkswagen’s RCD310 tuner with auxiliary and steering wheel-mounted remote

Should you wish to jazz up a little, and Volkswagen says buyers do, the Polo GTI is available a panoramic sunroof ($1700), headlamps ($1600) RCD510 premium audio package heated leather seats and a Comfort Package ($500) adds auto headlamps, wipers and single-zone climate to the deal.


Twincharged seven-speed smooth

Extracting from less has been the mindset for some time Turbo and supercharged, the 1.4-litre engine under the Polo bonnet is a version of the same petrol mill first beneath the bonnet of the Mark 5 GT.

This engine replaces the turbo four found in the generation Polo GTI and delivers a 22kW more power and of additional torque. Zero-100km/h have improved (from 8.2 now matching those found in the $40,000 Golf GTI at 6.9 seconds.

a total of 132kW/250Nm, the Polo powerplant is mated exclusively to a new dry seven-speed DSG (automatic) transmission for performance and impressive fuel The ADR combined average seeing 6.1L/100km consumed while 142g/km of CO2 (down 1.9L and 48g the outgoing model respectively).

For added sportiness, the transmission can be manually via steering wheel-mounted

Life’s pretty straight twisties, so Volkswagen has lowered suspension by 15mm for even cornering competence. Front grip is aided further by an controlled XDL (Extended Electronic differential, essentially the same found in Golf GTI. the neutral (inside) wheel in the clever system not only more drive through the but also helps control steer.

And speaking of brakes, GTI boasts some pretty stopping power with four-wheel discs grabbed by red single-piston callipers. Up front measure 288x25mm and 232x9mm at the

Space to spare and a space spare

From a practicality Polo GTI is essentially equal to its and five-door Polo siblings in the range. As such, its dimensions and capacity are identical.

What is a bit of a letdown is the space saver which may hinder duties for travelling longer distances on a basis.

No chinks in the armour

Again, its derivative models, Polo GTI is with a full complement of equipment including six airbags, control, traction control and brakes with emergency assist and electronic brake-force Assisting the fast paced driver in getting all that to the ground is Volkswagen’s XDL front (as mentioned in MECHANICAL) to eliminate and improve steering response.

the new Volkswagen Polo scores a possible five-star ANCAP rating.

Close knit

With the Ford Fiesta XR4 and 207 GTi no longer available, the Polo only real competition from French manufacturers and Renault.

Citroen’s new MINI S-powered DS3 Hatch. though larger, is a credible combatant to the GTI equipment levels are concerned, but the practicality of a five-door option and is prohibitively by comparison. The Citroen DS3 is priced from $35,990.

Renault’s scintillating Clio While arguably more at ten-tenths, Clio lacks low down turbo pull. also priced at a premium. Clio RS200 starts at


Hip pocket rocket

New GTI feels considerably more than its predecessor, but is almost too sprung for day-to-day duty. on 17-inch alloys, and featuring suspension, the Polo GTI is firm to say the

The upshot, however, is a bigger car at speed and plenty of bite in the A well sculpted steering adds to the enjoyment factor even if the steering feel as natural as it once was.

Polo is a cinch, the four-wheel strong and pedal feel Through twisty sections of the Hills (Corkscrew Road the GTI’s fattened stance and brakes allowed late-braking a trait seconded later in the day at the Hillclimb track.

Supercharging linear pull from revs right the way through to where the turbocharger is in full The transition between the pair is The twincharged mill sings bassy purpose under to heavy acceleration loads, to hot hatch loving ears.

seven speeds available, the DSG provides snappy gear and, on the whole, a smooth That said, it can still be napping when rolling on at low speed (think roundabouts) or reapplying the throttle after a stop.

For its downsides the Polo GTI has a lot to like, not of all price. Considering the quality potent performance and undeniable this is one pocket rocket to please both sides of the divide. And the bank balance as

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