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Shock, horror! All-new Polo GTI is more of a mini-Golf than ever
All the tech and toys inside the German sports car.
This is the brand-new, MkVI VW Polo, but we’ll skip to the three letters that will pique your interest— GTI. It’s the range-topper (unless VW is planning an R), and gets a slightly bigger engine than its predecessor. And more power.
So there’s now a 2.0-liter turbo with 192hp (compared to the outgoing GTI’s 1.8-liter unit and 187hp), matched to your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG driving the front wheels. There’s a standard “sport” chassis, and an optional “sport select” chassis (adaptive dampers), along with a specially designed front bumper, badges, optional LEDs, sill
extensions and the classic GTI interior. You know, tartan seats, sport steering wheel and red stitching.
It’s built on VW’s MQB A0 platform, which—if you don’t spend your evenings reciting VW Group chassis nomenclature—is the company’s base for compact cars. We’re told it allows for increased wheelbase, length and width, but similar height, so the new Polo is a much bigger car. “The Polo is no longer just the small sibling of the Golf when it comes to its interior,” VW explains. “It is no longer the car that people only buy when they cannot afford the Golf.” Hmm. If you don’t fancy a GTI, there are other engines like a 1.0-liter petrol and a 1.6-liter diesel with up to 94hp, and inside there’s a newgeneration dash with center screens ranging from 6.5in to 8in, better, clearer graphics and background lighting. Much like the Golf.
Tartan, red stitching and feeling you should’ve saved up more, all standard