Body style: Hatchback
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2021, 2022, 2023
In 1975, Volkswagen introduced the inaugural Polo model, followed by the Scirocco GTI in the subsequent year. Despite the long-standing presence of these two names for nearly fifty years, it wasn't until 1998 that the GTI version made its way to the third generation of Polo. Since then, this vehicle has gained recognition in the compact category for its practicality, efficiency, and racing aspirations altogether.
Leveraging the reliability of the base model and incorporating speed-focused characteristics, the new Polo GTI stands out as an enjoyable and affordable option for daily driving. With its upgraded technology, drivers can enjoy a comprehensive driving experience that combines classic manual control with a semi-automated mode.
The IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist system enables the car to take control of steering, braking, and acceleration between 0 and 130 mph. It cleverly integrates two simpler systems, adaptive cruise control and lane assist. However, it is essential to note that the driver must always keep their hands on the steering wheel all the time, hence the semi-automated nature.
Staying true to the Polo's tradition, the engine delivers efficiency with moderate fuel consumption, complemented by a DSG transmission. A sport chassis, lowered by two-thirds of an inch, contributes to the car's dynamic stance. The lightweight construction enhances the great alignment of its components and makes the driver who sits behind the sport leather wheel feel like the car can conquer any racetrack.
While the compact body of the car affects its luggage capacity, providing a relatively modest 351 liters of capacity, there are some other advantages. For instance, the reduced dimensions make the optional 18-inch alloy wheels appear larger and more stylish, lending the Polo a sportier appearance that may offer a morale and performance boost.
The car's rear also has implemented new LED lights featuring animated brake lights and integrated dynamic indicators that make the Polo stand out more even when casually strolling through the city. The chrome exhaust pipe not only transfers the roar of the engine in a very mannered way but also makes a good contrast with the GTI marking from the back of the car.
Efficiency is the keyword when talking about the German heritage of the car, as the instruments and infotainment system are strategically positioned within the driver's field of vision for easy readability and usability in all kinds of situations.
Despite keeping up with advanced technology, such as including a six-speaker Beats sound system to complement the 10.25 inches display, the main attraction of the interior remains the distinctive GTI touch.
The trademark red contrast stitching, Titanium Black trim color for the roof pillars, and roof liner accentuate this compact Volkswagen's performance-oriented character. Combining red, black, and chrome design elements enhances the interior's very sleek appearance.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.0L TSI 7AT FWD (207 HP)
|Power:||152.2 KW @ - RPM|
207 HP @ - RPM
204 BHP @ - RPM
|Torque:||236 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM|
320 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||10.6 gallons (40.1 L)|
|Top Speed:||149 mph (240 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||6.5 s|
|Drive Type:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||7-speed automatic DSG|
|Tire Size:||215/45 R17|
|Length:||160.4 in (4074 mm)|
|Width:||68.9 in (1750 mm)|
|Height:||56.3 in (1430 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||59.1/58.4 in (1,501/1,483 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||100.4 in (2550 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||12.4 cuFT (351 L)|
|Turning circle:||34.8 ft (10.6 m)|
|Unladen Weight:||2835 lbs (1286 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||3968 lbs (1800 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||51.1 mpg US (4.6 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||128 g/km|
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
|Low:||25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)|
|Medium:||34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)|
|High:||39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)|
|Extra high:||35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions (Combined):||155 g/km|