Volkswagen Polo | Auto Express

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Extra power and tweaks make the feisty GTI a truly fast hot hatch. it lacks the finesse of its big brother with compromised ride and but it will still put a smile on face. Compared to competitively rivals such as Renault’s 197, it’s also on punch and agility.

If it comes it could prove too costly to on fresher opponents.

Family can be healthy, but it also highlights – which is exactly happened when we tried the Polo GTI last year 911). The excellent Golf hot is a tough act to follow for any car, but we help feeling disappointed by the go-faster supermini.

The hot Polo isn’t bad – it lacks its bigger brother’s As a result, the German firm has up with the Cup Edition. It’s on the cars from Europe’s Cup one-make race series but does it give the little VW the it needs to really shine?

It certainly starts promisingly with the familiar 1.8-litre engine under the bonnet to produce 177bhp. That’s more than both the GTI and the circuit racers that the newcomer, and ensures the Cup is the most production Polo of all-time.

clues to the car’s extra include a brash roof 17-inch alloys and unique Purposeful new front and rear also feature, and combine deep side sills to the range-topping Polo with a more aggressive look.

Climb aboard, though, and the aren’t quite so obvious. The seats, leather-rimmed steering and upmarket instruments found in the Polo GTI have all been over; there’s nothing to set the powerful variant apart.

the key and you will quickly spot the The standard model completes the sprint from 0-62mph in 8.2 but in the Cup Edition, that figure to a far sportier 7.5 seconds. Uprated – complete with red calipers – help to the Polo to a halt more too.

Predictably, the new machine pulls from any legal speed, but the for this comes on the motorway, engine noise is noticeable. And not the only fly in the ointment; while the five-speed gearbox from the Polo GTI is retained, so is its suspension

The GTI’s ride is already enough, but it’s made by the Cup’s bigger wheels, so the still lacks the comfort and of the Golf. The suspen­sion crashes uneven surfaces, and also to cope with the engine’s of torque when it arrives a rush at only 2,000rpm. more, it’s easy to a chirp of wheelspin when tight bends, even electronic stability control is as standard.

Carry too much speed a corner, and the unruly Cup will push out wide too easily, but it provides all the driver entertainment expect from a junior hot What prevents this seeing off the competition is a shortage of polish.

Unsure exactly how the would fit into the line-up in country, bosses at Volkswagen UK have no plans to bring it to dealers here. But if enough buyers lobby their showrooms, don’t be surprised to see it an appearance.

However, cost could be the Cup’s undoing. The standard GTI weighs in at £14,995 in three-door and buyers could expect to pay a of about £1,200 for the more variant. Next to Renaultsport’s Clio 197 and Vauxhall’s £15,595 VXR, that could it out of the race.

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