Volkswagen Polo GTI full review | TopCar

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Volkswagen Polo

GTI full

July 25, 2011

THE FIRST GTI was a disappointment. It wasn’t great to at, and even worse to drive. The was lifeless, the manual transmission coarse and the old 1.8-litre turbo the Golf 4 GTI had only 110kW and of torque to play with. It was thumped in a Topcar hot hatch in 2007, coming last in a that included the Mini S, Renault Clio RS, Peugeot 207 GTI and the Fiesta ST.

Fast forward years and there’s a new Polo GTI in the parking lot. Has Volkswagen to get it right, and more importantly do to the illustrious GTI badge second around?

The new Polo is a conservative aimed at the minds of the +30’s the corporate ladder. Turning flat sides and geometric into a sporty package needs to stir the soul as was always going to be a challenge.

All the GTI design differentiators are employed, the ‘love them or hate 17-inch Denver alloys the red brake callipers to the honeycomb air in the front apron, two red trim on the radiator grille and the rear in body colour. The two chrome and the GTI badge at the back reinforce the that this is the hot Polo.

the front the Polo could be mistaken for its bigger Golf GTI but the excitement wanes as one moves to the boxier rear. Competitors the Renault Clio RS, Mini S, Alfa Mito and especially the DS3 are visually more appealing.

The Polo launches a massive fight as soon as you open the and get in. Few other small cars can its interior quality. The standard seats are a good blend of and leather trim that hug in a pleasantly reassuring way. The plastics and soft-touch surfaces are dark with brushed surrounding the air vents and chrome on the control knobs.

A flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel the package. It all feels very in here. The list of kit included as after you’ve handed R259000 to Volkswagen is appropriately and includes things like pedals, electric windows all electrically adjusted and heated mirrors and ‘Climatic’ aircon.

have to pay more if you want a sunroof, rear park control or curtain airbags – the options available for the Polo There is an Aux-in port to your MP3 devices, but unfortunately no USB Irritating.

The previous Polo GTI was a bit of a slug. one isn’t. It’s quick, as quick in fact as the larger and powerful Golf GTI. that magic power-to-weight which does the trick

The Polo hits the scale at Combine that with a 1.4-litre TSI engine and a lightning DSG (dual clutch) transmission and you a mini hot hatch that leave drivers of far larger and expensive sports cars their heads in embarrassment. No, it an error; there really is a 1.4-litre engine under the of the Polo.

It’s the clever combination of petrol injection, a supercharger boosts the engine until at which point a turbocharger over that all turns tiny engine into a to be reckoned with. Power is up to and torque increases to a sizeable available from 2000rpm all the way up to It offers big car performance, with the of small car fuel consumption. claims 5.9 litres per 100km on the cycle.

Our test route a respectable fuel consumption of 7.3 litres per 100km.

Our testing all had similar comments in this ranging from solid and to surprisingly fun. The steering is aided by an electronic transverse lock to maintain traction the corners. It’s the same found on the Golf GTI, prevents slip of the unloaded at the inside of a corner by using intervention. This GTI sits lower than the normal

Add 17-inch tyres, stiffer and a tweaked suspension, and you would the Polo GTI to rattle your the same way a Mini Cooper S or a Clio RS would. It doesn’t which could be a good or a bad depending on which side of the hot fence you sit. It’s not as or as communicative as the two competitors mentioned but the ride is more refined and

The fact that the Polo GTI is available with the DSG transmission, and not the involving manual shifter, to the more grown-up feel of the VW. I would opt for the brilliant DSG box every day

The new Polo GTI is a vast improvement on its better in almost every The testing team all had fun driving it, is one of the most important boxes a hot hatch needs to tick. It similar performance to bigger costing R100000 more, interior quality to match. may fault its rather conservative others might like the it delivers. The same applies to the uninvolving but very refined

The Polo GTI has grown up, the same way we its owners have. It’s a hot for guys and girls that sown their wild and are now looking for a car that delivers the of both worlds.

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