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VW’s lit­tle hot­tie is back.

With new, more ag­gres­sive styling, an ar­mada of as­sis­tance and con­ve­nience sys­tems and a new per­for­mance-tuned 141kW 1.8litre TSI en­gine, the Polo GTI makes a wel­come re­turn to the fold.

Also, for the first time buy­ers can opt for ei­ther a 6-speed man­ual or 7speed DSG trans­mis­sion.

In ei­ther form, the tur­bocharged Polo GTI can zip to 100km/h in just 6.7 sec­onds. But there’s a dif­fer­ence in torque. Be­cause of tun­ing pa­ram­e­ters, the en­gine matched to a six-speed man­ual of­fers 320Nm, while the auto gets 250Nm.

VW says that de­spite the dif­fer­ence both have the same over­all per­for­mance, with the DSG of­fer­ing greater fuel ef­fi­ciency.

Other bits of in­ter­est in­clude fog­lights with static cor­ner­ing func­tion, 17-inch al­loy wheels with red brake calipers, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion touch­screen au­dio sys­tem with 6.5-inch colour dis­play and a vast safety pack­age.

The man­ual is from $27,490 and the DSG from $29,990.

Mazda will have the op­tion of a sedan for its 2 model.

The just-re­leased GTI adds spice to the Polo range.

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