Even more so, the company hasn’t mentioned anything about powertrain updates for the Polo GTI, so we can easily imagine the refreshed design isn’t coming with any bump in power for the 2.0-liter TSI four-pot. As such, it should continue to provide the same 200 PS (197 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) that’s supposed to help it hit 100 kph (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds and then up to 237 kph (147 mph).
Unlike the 2022 VW Golf R, which is reportedly underrated in terms of raw power, this Autobahn top speed trial performed by the AutoTopNL YouTube channel goes a long way to prove the subcompact probably doesn’t hide additional ponies under its smaller hood.
Given that it’s the sensible urban-dweller GTI of the performance family, we’re not disappointed by this detail. Instead, we have a different niggle, which may or may not be caused by the Polo GTI's suspension setup (it could also be the fault of that particular stretch of highway). As always, the folks over at the Dutch YT channel provide us with the cool POV perspective, and we’re quite surprised—not by the speedy passage of trucks and other cars but the vehicle’s rather bumpy ride.
All in all, even though after 200 kph (124 mph), it takes like forever to hit the 240 kph (149 mph) threshold seen in the footage embedded below, it’s not a shabby performance from the little hot hatch. Besides, this particular ride also comes with a set of badass (most likely aftermarket, probably fake) paddle shifters.