If you remain in the market for a new hot hatch, the most recent VW Polo GTI is another qualified choice to put on your shortlist. Launched concurrently with the new Polo, it’ll be VW’s high-performance rival to the Ford Feast ST, Mini Cooper S and Renaultsport Clio.
2018 VW Polo GTI Styling
The most recent GTI does not stray too far from the standard Polo’s design– the same vibrant headlights sit either side of a Tiguan-inspired front grille. That stated the lower front bumper housing the foglights is improved and lower on the GTI reflecting its sportier billing. The side features the same handsome creases as the normal Polo but has a lower side skirt and a little GTI badge on the wing. At the back, a little spoiler sits above the rear window while a grey plastic diffuser echoes the design of the bigger Golf GTI. A saucy twin-exhaust suggestion pokes out from the bumper while 17-inch alloy wheels finish the sporty touches, with 18-inch versions optional.
2018 VW Polo GTI Interior
The cabin is mainly the same from the routine Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the same plentiful space for four guests or 5 at a push, while the 351-litre boot has actually grown from the modest 280 litres provided by its predecessor. You can also get VW’s Active Info Display for the very first time– a digital screen in place of the traditional dials.
Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to find the seats are trimmed in the same tartan fabric that’s ended up being a trademark for the firm’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather guiding wheel, ambient lighting as standard and a GTI-specific handbook gear knob.
2018 VW Polo GTI Driving and Engines
Under the bonnet is the exact same 2.0-litre turbo fuel engine utilized on many cars throughout the VW Group variety. Here it makes 200hp, which ought to suffice to secure a 0-62mph time between 6 and 7 seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as basic with a seven-speed automated available as an alternative. VW assures the car is good around corners, too. It comes with what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to indicate reduced suspension and larger brakes than the routine Polo. The company will likewise provide a ‘Sport Select’ chassis option that must consist of much more aggressive suspension settings and potentially an even lower trip height.
2018 VW Polo GTI Price and Release Date
VW hasn’t stated just how much the brand-new Polo GTI will cost so we’re expecting it to be priced likewise to the outgoing model– roughly ₤ 19,500. It must go on sale prior to completion of 2017 with most deliveries most likely to get here in 2018.
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