Interested customers for the latest generation Volkswagen Polo GTI can now order their own units from retailers across the United Kingdom at just £18,850 RRP OTR for the three-door manual version. To avail of the five-door version, a customer just needs to add £630 premium and another £1,245 to avail of the DSG gearbox.
It is powered by a 1.8-liter (1,798 cc) turbocharged petrol engine that provides up to 192 PS between 4,200 and 6,200 rpm (5,400-6,200 DSG). The engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. When fitted with the manual gearbox, the Polo provides torque of up to 320 Nm (236 lbs ft) available between 1,450 and 4,200 rpm.
When equipped with the DSG, the Polo provides torque of up to 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) between 1,250 and 5,300 rpm. The Polo GTI could accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 146 mph. Despite this performance, it still ekes a combined fuel consumption figure of 50.4 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 129 g/km for the DSG (47.1 mpg and 139 g/km for the manual).
Taking on the styling cues of the Golf GTI, the Polo GTI dons new bumpers, GTI insignia, distinctive 17-inch ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels and red radiator grille strips and honeycomb grille. It also dons a standard sports suspension, which is lowered by 10mm at the front and 15 mm at the rear.
The GTI now sports LED lights as standard at the front and a GTI roof spoiler, taillight clusters in Dark Red, the black grained diffuser and chrome dual exhaust pipes at the rear. Moving into the cabin, one can find a leather sports steering wheel with logo and red stitching harking back to the Golf GTI.
Similar touch is also applied for the the gear and handbrake levers and floor mats with red beading. Drivers and passengers can also find check design ‘Clark’ cloth seats with black bolsters. Customers can expect to have their units delivered as early as March 2015.
Whether in its two-door or four-door guise, the new Volkswagen Polo GTI is easily recognizable as the sporty flagship of the series. Distinctive elements include typical GTI insignia such as the characteristic wheels and the red strips in the radiator grille, newly designed bumpers and the H7 headlights (or optional LED headlights).
As standard, the new Polo GTI features a sports suspension system that lowers its ride height on the road by 15 mm. Even at a glance, the Polo is easily one of the most compact sports cars on the market, measuring 3,983 mm in length, 1,682 mm (or 1,901 mm including wing mirrors) in width and 1,450 mm in height.
The front end of the Polo GTI is defined by signature details like characteristic GTI honeycomb structure of the radiator grille, which is frame by a red strip that continues into the headlights. LED units are now available for the new Polo GTI – for its headlights (dipped and main beam) and for the daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the lower, large air intake also adopts a newly designed honeycomb grille, as flanked by fog lights (including cornering lights) and splitters adopted from motor sports. As standard, the Polo GTI is equipped with front and rear ParkPilot, a headlight cleaning system and heated windscreen washer nozzles.
The LED dual headlights of the Polo GTI feature a highly detailed avant-garde design easily recognizable even from a distance, thanks to their construction and reflectors. These headlights deliver a white light that is similar to daylight and is less straining to the eyes of drivers of oncoming vehicles.
Meanwhile, sporty elements are featured both on the sides and rear of the Polo GTI. For instance, the car comes with flared door sills as well as new alloy wheels with GTI styling (7.5J x 17 inches) and visible red brake calipers.
At the rear, the car is marked by a prominent roof antenna, GTI roof spoiler, tail light clusters in 'Dark Red', chrome dual exhaust tailpipes and black grained diffuser. Of course, this version of the Polo features the GTI lettering on the radiator grille and on the wings.