The very latest Volkswagen Polo GTI made its debut at the Paris Motor Show back in October this year, and and is due here in the UK in March 2015 in both three and five door versions.
The new Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8-litre (1,798 cc) turbocharged petrol engine that can deliver 192 PS between 4,200 and 6,200 rpm (a 12% increase over its previous incarnation), and is available for the first time in both six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes. Manually, the gearbox drives the Polo to a maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lbs ft) available between 1,450 and 4,200 rpm, and automatically to 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) between 1,250 and 5,300 rpm.
Performance of the car is, as you would expect not only with a Volkswagen but with a GTI, impressive, reaching 62 mph from standstill in 6.7 seconds up to a top speed of 146 mph. But you can rest assured that performance does not come at the expense of efficiency, as the new Polo GTI has a combined fuel consumption figure of 50.4 mpg for the DSG (47.1mpg for the manual) and CO2 emissions with DSG of just 129 g/km (and 139 g/km for the manual).
Enough figures now; what does it look like?
If you have to describe it to someone, then just say that it is a Golf GTI going to a fancy dress party as a Polo, because the Polo GTI follows the design cues of its ‘big brother’.
Starting with the standard Polo, Volkswagen have added in (or updated) new bumpers, GTI insignia, distinctive 17” ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels, red radiator grille strips and a honeycomb grille to help distinguish the new motor from the rest of the range, and then slipped in some sports suspension (lowered by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm at the back) as standard just to be nice!
At the front you can see that there are LED lights (as standard for the first time ever) whilst the rear shows off its GTI roof spoiler, taillight clusters in Dark Red, a black grained diffuser and chrome dual exhaust pipes – just in case you were any doubt of the car’s sporty credentials.
The sports theme continues in the interior with a leather sports steering wheel with logo and red stitching, gear and handbrake levers and floor mats with red beading taking the driver back to the heady days of the original Golf GTI in 1976 when the check design ‘Clark’ cloth seats with black bolsters first became a GTI emblem.
And just to make sure that we use the word ‘sport’ enough in this blog about the Polo GTI, the car has ESC Sport (electronic stability control) – just like the Golf GTI – which allows the ESC to be adapted for use on a track. This works in two stages with the traction control being switched off first, and then ESC Sport being activated which raises the ESC threshold and delays intervention (without ESC being completely deactivated). The Polo GTI also copies the XDS+ from the Golf GTI which compensates for the understeer which you find in front-wheel drive cars, allowing a more precise and neutral drive.
(There is also an option available on the new Polo GTI called the Sport Performance Pack with Dynamic Chassis Control which offers sportier steering, accelerator response and engine noise inside the car.)
The new Polo GTI is available to order now. Contact us at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts for more details.