If you’re in the market for a new hot hatch, the latest VW Polo GTI is another competent option to put on your shortlist. Released at the same time with the new Polo, it’ll be VW’s high-performance competitor to the Ford Feast ST, Mini Cooper S and Renaultsport Clio.
2018 VW Polo GTI Styling
The most recent GTI does not wander off too far from the standard Polo’s design– the exact same bold headlights sit either side of a Tiguan-inspired front grille. That said the lower front bumper housing the foglights is improved and lower on the GTI reflecting its sportier billing. The side features the very same good-looking creases as the regular Polo however has a lower side skirt and a small GTI badge on the wing. At the back, a little spoiler sits above the back window while a grey plastic diffuser echoes the design of the larger Golf GTI. A saucy twin-exhaust idea pokes out from the bumper while 17-inch alloy wheels complete the stylish touches, with 18-inch versions optional.
2018 VW Polo GTI Interior
The cabin is primarily the same from the regular Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the same numerous space for four passengers or five at a push, while the 351-litre boot has actually grown from the modest 280 litres offered by its predecessor. You can also get VW’s Active Info Display for the first time– a digital display in place of the conventional dials. Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to find the seats are cut in the same tartan material that’s ended up being a hallmark for the firm’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather steering wheel, ambient lighting as standard and a GTI-specific handbook gear knob.
2018 VW Polo GTI Driving and Engines
Under the bonnet is the very same 2.0-litre turbo fuel engine utilized on lots of cars throughout the VW Group variety. Here it makes 200hp, which should be enough to protect a 0-62mph time between six and 7 seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed handbook transmission as basic with a seven-speed automated available as an option. VW promises the car readies around corners, too. It includes exactly what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to suggest reduced suspension and bigger brakes than the routine Polo. The company will likewise offer a ‘Sport Select’ chassis option that must include even more aggressive suspension settings and potentially an even lower flight height.
2018 VW Polo GTI Price and Release Date
VW hasn’t stated how much the new Polo GTI will cost so we’re anticipating it to be priced likewise to the outbound model– roughly ₤ 19,500. It must go on sale before completion of 2017 with a lot of deliveries likely to get here in 2018.