The brand new-gen Volkswagen Polo was unveiled final 12 months, and it’s topped by the GTI, which nonetheless challenges the likes of the Renault Clio RS and Ford Fiesta ST.
Slotting within the model’s lineup between the Up! GTI and Golf GTI, the brand new Polo GTI makes use of its larger sibling’s engine, albeit with much less energy.
The two.0-liter turbo-four produces 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, bucking the downsizing development. Naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 6.7 seconds and prime velocity is 236 km/h (147 mph).
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Apart from being quick, the brand new Polo GTI doesn’t reduce on the practicality of the common fashions. Thus, boot house is 351 liters (12.four cu-ft) with the rear seats in place and over 1,100 liters (38.eight cu-ft) with the rear seats folded down, and rear headroom and legroom may be very first rate for a supermini.
The inside feels solidly put collectively and the standard of most plastics is excellent. The same old GTI tartan upholstery is there, and so are coloured panels that give it a extra vibrant really feel in comparison with the lesser Polos.
Nonetheless, regardless of trying superb on paper, the brand new Polo GTI does have some flaws. As CarBuyer famous of their check drive, it’s not as enjoyable to drive as a Ford Fiesta ST. Additionally, the engine doesn’t really feel that punchy, and that may have one thing to do with the larger Golf GTI, as Volkswagen in all probability didn’t need the Polo GTI stepping on its bigger sibling’s toes.
The trip is kind of bumpy, too, and that will be okay if it was extra participating to drive. Sadly, it isn’t, so if smiling whereas behind the wheel is vital when selecting a supermini scorching hatch, then you definately’re higher off with the Ford Fiesta ST or Mini Cooper S.