Volkswagen Polo GTI (2010–2018)
Polo GTI unveiled
1.4-litre chain cam TSI engine that uses a supercharger from idle through to 3,000rpm at which point the turbocharger cuts in to provide boost. The result is an output of 180bhp at 6200 rpm and 184 lbs ft of torque from 2000 rpm which, when aligned with a 1184 kg kerbweight, allows the Polo GTI to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 142 mph.
Standard Polo dimensions: 3,983mm long x 1,901mm wide (inc mirrors) x 1,443mm high.
Despite a focus on performance, the new Polo GTI is capable of delivering 47mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 139g/km of CO2. The TSI engine is linked to a compact seven-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox that channels drive through the front axle. In addition, the Polo GTI is fitted with the XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling. The XDS system is a functional extension of the electronic limited slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESP system.
In order to sharpen responses, the Polo GTI is fitted with new springs and dampers which results in a 15 mm lower ride height than the conventional Polo. Like the Golf GTI, the Polo GTI features significant visual changes. A new front bumper featuring a deep airdam is joined by a honeycombe grille element with horizontal red strips and a simple GTI badge. New headlight units complete with the option of LED running lights lend the Polo GTI an imposing new look. Further back, a subtle sill extension wraps around the lower edge of the body while at the back a new rear bumper features a small diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts. The Polo badge is replaced by a simple ‘GTI’ version.
Finally, a set of 17-inch wheels identical to those fitted to the Golf GTI are fitted along with a set of red brake callipers. The changes continue inside the Polo GTI with revised dials, a new, flat-bottomed GTI steering wheel complete with small gearshift paddles and contrasting red stitching, aluminium pedals and new, heavily bolstered front sports seats finished in tartan trim. Subtle gloss black trim covers the centre console while the headlining is now finished in black. New Polo GTI in the UK from summer 2010.
Second generation Polo GTI in UK
After abandoning the 1.4 Twincharger DSG, the Polo GTI was re-launched with a 192PS chain cam 1.8 TSI engine. This develops a substantial 320Nm torque from just 1,450rpm up to 4,200rpm. 6-speed manual transmission.
3-doors or 5-doors. 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. Top speed 146mph. 29mph/1,000rpm in 6th. ECDC combined mpg 47.1. 139g/km CO2. Prices from £18,665 on the road. Insurance Group 29E. Recommended Sport Performance Pack £245 extra.