If you’re in the marketplace for a brand-new hot hatch, the current VW Polo GTI is another qualified option to put on your shortlist. Launched concurrently with the brand-new Polo, it’ll be VW’s high-performance rival to the Ford Carnival ST, Mini Cooper S and Renaultsport Clio.
The latest GTI does not wander off too far from the traditional Polo’s design– the same strong headlights sit either side of a Tiguan-inspired front grille. That stated the lower front bumper real estate the foglights is improved and lower on the GTI reflecting its sportier billing. The side features the very same handsome creases as the typical Polo however has a lower side skirt and a little GTI badge on the wing. At the back, a little spoiler sits above the back window while a grey plastic diffuser echoes the design of the bigger Golf GTI. A cheeky twin-exhaust tip pokes out from the bumper while 17-inch alloy wheels finish the sporty touches, with 18-inch versions optional.
The cabin is mostly the same from the regular Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the very same abundant area for four guests or five at a push, while the 351-litre boot has grown from the modest 280 litres offered by its predecessor. You can likewise get VW’s Active Info Display for the first time– a digital display screen in place of the conventional dials. Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to find the seats are cut in the same tartan fabric that’s become a hallmark for the firm’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather steering wheel, ambient lighting as basic and a GTI-specific manual equipment knob.
Under the bonnet is the very same 2.0-litre turbo fuel engine utilized on many cars throughout the VW Group variety. Here it makes 200hp, which ought to be enough to secure a 0-62mph time between six and seven seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed handbook gearbox as standard with a seven-speed automatic readily available as an option. VW guarantees the car is good around corners, too. It comes with what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to imply reduced suspension and bigger brakes than the routine Polo. The company will also provide a ‘Sport Select’ chassis choice that should include much more aggressive suspension settings and possibly an even lower ride height.
VW hasn’t stated how much the new Polo GTI will cost so we’re anticipating it to be priced similarly to the outbound model– approximately ₤ 19,500. It must go on sale before the end of 2017 with most deliveries most likely to arrive in 2018.