Refreshed VW Polo GTI Driven

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We a short while ago put in some time with the recently refreshed VW Polo GTI and share our feelings in this report.

VW’s Polo is a perennial top seller in the nearby market. It is not complicated to see why. The small hatch is classy, very well designed (ideal here in SA we might increase) and feels like it presents a much better knowledge than a lot of of its rivals. There are also a few diverse variants on sale with an selection to match most prospective buyers. 

At the major of the tree is the VW Polo GTI, which is the automobile we just lately drove, and for the very first time at any time. The selection-topping edition bears those 3 letters made famed by VW with its Golfing. The Polo GTI stepped in to fill the job when occupied by Golfing as the larger sibling matured.

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New exterior appearance

All Polo types just lately underwent the knife for a a little bit revised appear. This bundled the apex version. From the exterior the up to date Polo vary functions new bumpers entrance and back. A new tailgate capabilities elongated tail lights. Talking of which, the head and taillights are LED merchandise with a light-weight strip alongside the radiator grille. The latter provides the car a room-agey appearance at night. The GTI rewards from LED matrix headlights and a crimson strip on the radiator grille along with a honeycomb grille, hexagonal foglamps and crimson brake calipers.

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New tech

Volkswagen has also taken the possibility to install a new seem HVAC control device and steering wheel. In the Polo GTI controls are managed by a touch panel with capacitive sliders replacing the physical switches and dials. We have to say that we like the more mature process, or just actual physical buttons as they are simple to change without having wanting and really don’t demand a deft contact to operate.

The new touchscreen interface is easy to use and brief to react. There is also a completely electronic instrument cluster. Equally of these, alongside with the leather upholstery give the cabin a high quality feel, extra so than some of the Polo’s competitiveness in this section, or even from a section higher than.

Contact points for the driver involve a new sports steering wheel with ‘GTI’ badge, as perfectly as a chunky equipment selector that lights up at night time. The two of these have purple accents. In point, that exact same hue is applied all over the cabin, like the stitching and dashboard inserts of our take a look at device. There are also a pair of aluminium pedals to enable you know this is the sportiest Polo of the household.

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Unchanged powertrain

When the newest VW Polo GTI has a variety of updates, none has been carried out underneath the pores and skin. Under the bonnet is the exact 2,-litre motor as before. This turbocharged inline-4 even now develops 147 kW of ability and a healthier 320 N.m of torque in a plateau from 1 500 – 4 350 r/min. VW does not offer you its compact warm hatch with a few pedals. Travel is, as is now tradition, despatched to the front axle through an automatic dual-clutch transmission, or DSG in VW speak.

Excellent foundation

This is, oddly, the initial time we have experienced the opportunity to push a VW Polo GTI in its existing condition. We by some means did not get the probability with the pre-facelift edition either. The VW Polo has a very good platform in typical. The experience high-quality and general sense of solidity permeates the GTI version.

In this guise the Polo rides on huge alloys with extremely-minimal profile rubber and is 15 mm reduce to the ground than its siblings. But none of that appears to hinder the good quality of the normal experience. We did obtain some of that a lot more scarred tar can be felt in the cabin, but that was usually at speed. That extensive footwear does manage a good deal of grip nevertheless the steering is largely lifeless.

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Missing sparkle

The computerized transmission in the VW Polo GTI robs the driver the ability to effectively engage with the driving encounter. There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel rim but they are plasticky and detached from any mechanical link. Also, the engine’s peak torque arrives so early on that a single truly doesn’t need to have to be accurate with acquiring a equipment-change point. Revving it more durable is not much more pleasurable.

When exceptionally quick, the Polo GTI isn’t a playful, chuckable motor vehicle that goads you into the driving encounter in the similar way that a earlier-gen Ford Fiesta ST does. For some unknown purpose Ford SA does not present the newest edition listed here so we cannot comment on that. Sure, it will in all probability wander away from most of its opposition, but it doesn’t engage and delight in the way a superior small warm hatch should, which is a shame. We glance forward to driving the future Hyundai i20N for a return to the modest car magic.


The VW Polo GTI is observed as an attainable ‘performance’ car for numerous in SA. It has plenty of power and torque, seems to be the aspect and handles fairly perfectly. VW has prolonged been credited with generating the sizzling hatch genre with the Mk1 Golfing GTI. Because the Golf has developed into a more experienced prospect the doorway was open up for VW to imbue the Polo with some stage of mischievousness, but it hasn’t.

We simply cannot enable but believe that even just the addition of a handbook transmission would incorporate a stage of pleasurable issue that the Polo GTI lacks. Having mentioned that, VW sells Polos by the truck load, so they will have to know a point or two about what people today actually want…

Product: VW Polo GTI 

Rate: R494 600

Engine: 2,-litre inline four, turbocharged petrol

Transmission: six-velocity automated, FWD

Max ability: 147 kW

Max torque: 320 N.m

-100 km/h: 6,7 sec

Leading pace: 238 km/h

Gasoline usage: L/100 km

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