14 December 2017
Feature

Volkswagen has been making 'GTI'-badged hot hatchbacks for more than four decades, and yet has often struggled when diversifying its sub-brand beyond the Golf range.

The new Polo GTI might be the car to change that. Powered by a detuned Golf GTI engine producing 197bhp and providing sub-7.0sec 0-62mph acceleration, the new hot Polo is all set to bring a classy and usable, yet newly serious performance option into the market dominated by the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST and Mini Cooper S.

Unlike previous Polo GTIs, this one has been planned from the earliest stages of the creation of VW's latest supermini platform and engineered without compromise. It'll be available with a choice of DSG paddleshift automatic and manual gearboxes and with VW's latest digital instruments and infotainment technology too. Matt Saunders found out if it's finally a junior GTI worthy of the badge.

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14 December 2017

Promising this new Polo.

 

jer

14 December 2017

90% of a Golf for 70% price?

14 December 2017

Note the 970kg. weight of the Suzki Sport. Sure not quite comparable performance. But my guess is higher output engine would be quite possible - even with strengthened components Suzuki ought to stay within 1.100kg. If Ford can make 140bhp version of it's triple Suzuki ought to be capable of squeesing enough power from it's 1.4l turbo - only question about choice.

15 December 2017

which is why I bought a Polo GTI. The new Polo GTI is 5 door only so it's an Abarth 124 for me, next.

15 December 2017

What about a Ibiza Cupra then?, same Car just cheaper!

Peter Cavellini.

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