If you’re in the marketplace for a new hot hatch, the most recent VW Polo GTI is another qualified alternative to place on your shortlist. Released at the same time with the brand-new Polo, it’ll be VW’s high-performance rival to the Ford Fiesta ST, Mini Cooper S and Renaultsport Clio.
The latest GTI does not stray too far from the conventional Polo’s design– the very same strong headlights sit either side of a Tiguan-inspired front grille. That stated the lower front bumper housing the foglights is improved and lower on the GTI reflecting its sportier billing. The side features the very same handsome creases as the normal Polo however has a lower side skirt and a little GTI badge on the wing.
At the back, a small spoiler sits above the back window while a grey plastic diffuser echoes the style of the larger Golf GTI. A saucy twin-exhaust tip pokes out from the bumper while 17-inch alloy wheels finish the stylish touches, with 18-inch versions optional.
The cabin is primarily the same from the routine Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the same abundant area for four travelers or five at a push, while the 351-litre boot has actually grown from the modest 280 litres used by its predecessor. You can also get VW’s Active Info Display for the very first time– a digital display in place of the conventional dials.
Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to find the seats are cut in the exact same tartan fabric that’s become a trademark for the company’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather steering wheel, ambient lighting as basic and a GTI-specific handbook equipment knob.
Under the bonnet is the very same 2.0-litre turbo gas engine used on lots of cars throughout the VW Group range. Here it makes 200hp, which should be enough to protect a 0-62mph time in between 6 and seven seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as basic with a seven-speed automated available as an option. VW assures the car readies around corners, too. It comes with exactly what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to mean reduced suspension and bigger brakes than the regular Polo. The firm will likewise offer a ‘Sport Select’ chassis option that must include even more aggressive suspension settings and possibly an even lower trip height.
VW hasn’t stated how much the brand-new Polo GTI will cost so we’re expecting it to be priced likewise to the outgoing model– approximately ₤ 19,500. It should go on sale prior to completion of 2017 with most deliveries most likely to arrive in 2018.