VW POLO GTI
I’m not exaggerating. We’ve known the Polo GTI for a while now and driven it a fair bit over hill climbs and race tracks. Never did we push it to its limits as much as we did on this glorious day. 189 horses felt like a playful 60 and the E-Diff had its job cut out to stay in the game when a Porsche’s all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering were holding a grappler’s grip on the tarmac. That E-Diff works really well to get more traction while powering out of corners and cutting understeer. It corrupts you of your knowledge of FWDs, of not going in too hot into a corner and not stepping on the gas too early. Even with the tyres at the edge of grip, a GTI feels in control. Overwhelmed a bit for sure keeping up with three times as many horses in a supercar, but it never feels like you’ve fed a fish to the sharks. The GTI punching above its weight like powdertaps on your face is a petrolhead’s initiation to the world of fast cars. The world here of the upcoming fast fives you’d want to progress to in the future.