This year is a good year for those looking to upgrade to the new Polo
GTI. The German brand's engineers have been hard at work tweaking the
model for added power and an even more thrilling driving dynamic, and
you can test-drive one today.
The manufacturer’s expert engineers have fine-tuned the GTI’s 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol unit for optimum output. Developments include direct and indirect fuel injection to boost efficiency, plus variable valve timing and an electric actuator which help minimise turbo lag for enhanced driveability.An ample 190bhp is produced, and in a change for the model there’s now the option of a seven-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox or a six-speed manual. The performance figures are the same for both – 0-60mph is completed in around 6.7 seconds of pure excitement. Yet for added satisfaction the Polo GTI is also impressively economical, returning up to 50.4mpg and emitting 129g/km of CO2 in automatic guise.
Controlling the hatchback’s power are a number of clever technological systems that can be adjusted to suit your driving style or the demands of each journey. Volkswagen’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is named ESC Sport here, as it allows you to switch off Traction Control completely to avoid understeer.
The stability control’s intervention can also be toned down for those who want to get the Polo sideways on the track before the car snaps back in line. During everyday drives, an XDS+ torque vectoring system borrowed from the Golf keeps the ride stable without you really noticing.
Rounding off the appeal of the new Polo GTI is a familiar look dressed with motorsport-inspired details. Bespoke bumpers at the front and rear are joined by a red radiator grille inlays, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights. Painted callipers, twin exhausts and subtle GTI branding leave admirers in no doubt as to the vehicle’s place in the range.