Is The Most Powerful VW Polo GTI Ever More Fun To Drive, Too?

VW has been making GTI versions of the Polo for quite some time now, but the new generation wants to achieve more than its predecessors did.

The German company wants the GTI badge to represent the default choice in the hot-hatch segments, offering for the first time three GTIs at the same time: the small Up!, the supermini Polo and, of course, the Golf.

Hot versions of superminis can be really special as demonstrated in the past by Renault with the Clio RS and Ford with the Fiesta ST, and VW is more serious than ever with the Polo GTI in terms of performance and fun.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine this time, making 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. When paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (a manual option is also available), the Polo GTI requires 6.7 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) dash and it won’t stop accelerating before it hits 147mph (247km/h). Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video that follows.


  • Didn’t someone in Car said that Polo is basically miniaturized Golf. But never really heard the GTI version being lauded like the big brother tho.

    • Kagan

      Same platform for polo golf and Passat just stretch or shrink.

      • uS’gedlemba

        No it’s not the same platform, sir.

        • Kagan

          You know something else sir?

        • Miknik

          MQB in both cases, though the Polo gets the A0 versions, which is a bit cheaper here and there (like a torsion beam rear axle). But tehcnically VW now only has the up! platform, with everything else being based on MQB (and the Toaureg based of Audi’s architecture)

          • Jasper

            Also the Beetle and Sharan aren’t on MQB.

          • Miknik

            Oh, forgot them, they are very old/dated now and IMO the Beetle is already phasing out…

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    How to not criticize VW for making a boring GTi.
    Autocar are very good at taking it softly, softly with VW.

  • OdysseyTag

    Nice, would like to see it pitted up against the upcoming Fiesta ST. Also think Nissan should make a Nismo Micra.

    • We are still waiting for Nismo Pulsar… So don’t count on it yet..

      • OdysseyTag

        True. Atleast with the concept that was shown, there’s promise. And with the Micra being based on the Clio, they could easily throw in the 1.6 Turbo from the RS.

        • Yeah since they been banging on to bring Nismo back… So far I’ve only seen pathetic attempt at Juke and bunch of Japanese and Middle East special sticker and bodykits…

          I think Korean should step up the game as well… With the success of i30N… I wonder if Hyundai and Kia can get an entry level hot hatch like Clio RS and Fiesta ST

          • LWOAP

            Well I know Hyundai will make more N models so perhaps the i20 or i10 will get the N treatment as well.

          • And hopefully Kia also join the fray.. I mean they didn’t poach head of BMW M for N Hyundai only right..

      • TheHake

        Why would anyone wait for a Pulsar ANYTHING? You must be a SERIOUS Nissan fan to buy a Pulsar.

        • Well idk they are reasonably priced, not the best yeah but I’m sure there is a lot of people who don’t know cars that buy this thing.

          • TheHake

            I like Nissan (I’ve had 2 of them over the years) but the Pulsar is the most soulless car I’ve ever seen. Sad really. I really like the new Micra though.

          • I haven’t really drive the new Pulsar, only look at the review and as you suggest, it’s dismal in terms of performance.

  • JR Glide

    VW = Dirty FRAUD.

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