All-New VW Polo GTI Looks Super Fun From The Driver’s Seat

There isn’t probably anything that needs to be said about the new Polo GTI, but what if someone needs to know what it looks like to drive one?

Well, then a short POV test drive of the supermini hot hatch should provide the answer. So, without further ado, get ready for almost 5 minutes of pure acceleration sounds, with no background music, which should be enough to decide whether Wolfsburg’s B-segment hit hatch is worthy of its €23,950 starting price in Germany.

Introduced last summer, along with the regular versions of the sixth-generation, the 2018 Polo GTI is the brand’s take on the Ford Fiesta ST and Renault Clio RS. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine develops 200PS (197hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque and works together with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, with a manual being available as an option. The official 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint time is 6.7sec, and top speed is 247km/h (147mph).

However, if there is enough demand for it, then Volkswagen might introduce a hotter version. Rumored to be labelled the ‘R’, it could use a detuned version of the Golf R’s 310PS (306hp) 2.0-liter engine.

Nothing is official at this point, but we don’t expect VW to green-light the Polo R as it would jeopardize sales of the vaunted Golf GTI – and they surely don’t want that.


  • Bash

    So, globally. out of all polo’s being sold, what is the percentage of Polo GTI they expect to sell?
    On the other hand, it does look fine to drive.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I appreciate that the driver let the auto do its job without flappy paddling.

  • pcurve

    24k euro? lol.

  • SteersUright

    Any car can be fun, even a mini-van, when driving the snot out of it. This is not a proper GTi to me in any capacity. Its more of a Polo GLi or Sport or something. Watch the brand dilution VW or soon your titles will mean little to nothing.

    • TheHake

      VW GTI’s have never bees SUPER hot. They have always been sporty, capable but easy to drive.

      Golf 1 GTI: 82kw
      Golf 2 GTI: 82kw
      Golf 3 GTI: 85kw
      Golf 4 GTI: 110kw
      Golf 5 GTI: 147kw
      Golf 6 GTI: 155kw
      Golf 7 GTI: 162kw

      So a 147kw Polo GTI fits that pretty well.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks really good, and fun to drive. just wish it was a bit more affordable with this option level package

  • Bananarama

    Man, that is a great looking interior. Very futuristic with those screens. Nice lines and shapes on the dash. VW knows how to make something look upscale every once in awhile…

  • TheHake

    Talk about cheap looking…

  • Enter Ranting

    Lyin’, cheatin’ monkey gassers.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the exterior gives zero sporty feelings. only the exhausts makes you notice that’s not a random Polo

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