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Volkswagen Polo GTi Motoring Review

The new Polo GTI is powered by a 132kW/250Nm 1.4-litre TSI with petrol direct injection plus turbo and supercharging. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG transmission. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces understeer and improves handling in fast driving through curves.

The Polo GTI is extremely agile, weighing in at 1 269 kg. It accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. At the same time, it is the most fuel efficient and lowest emitting GTI of all time. Combined fuel consumption is just 5.9-litres/100km. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km.

There are two red trim strips on its radiator grille while the honeycomb structure of the air inlets inserts is a signature touch.  Other exterior details of the Polo GTI include the 17-inch alloy wheels in “Denver” styling that along with red painted brake callipers, as well as a customised rear apron with a diffuser look in its lower section.

Inside there are standard sport seats in Alcantara/Vienna leather trim combination. The roof liner, roof pillar trim, grab handles and sun visors are all styled in  black; a glossy black surface treatment also decorates the panels of the centre console. They are coordinated with intentionally contrasting colour and material accents such as brushed chrome for the air vent surrounds and chrome accents for the round control knobs.

Standard features include aluminium look pedals, all round electric windows, electric adjusting and heated side mirrors, ‘Climatic’ air conditioning and front fog lights. Then there is of course a passive safety package with driver and front passenger airbags, head-thorax side airbags and belt tensioners in front, as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat for suitably fitted child seats. 

Written by Sean Nurse



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