If you’re in the marketplace for a new hot hatch, the latest VW Polo GTI is another skilled option to place on your shortlist. Launched at the same time with the brand-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 latest GTI doesn’t stray too far from the standard Polo’s style– the exact same strong headlights sit either side of a Tiguan-inspired front grille. That stated the lower front bumper housing the foglights is reshaped and lower on the GTI reflecting its sportier billing. The side features the very same handsome creases as the normal Polo however 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 style of the bigger Golf GTI. A cheeky 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 routine Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the exact same plentiful area for four travelers or 5 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 screen in place of the traditional dials.
Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to discover the seats are trimmed in the same tartan fabric that’s ended up being a hallmark for the firm’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather guiding wheel, ambient lighting as basic and a GTI-specific manual equipment knob.
2018 VW Polo GTI Driving and Engines
Under the bonnet is the exact same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine used on numerous cars throughout the VW Group variety. Here it makes 200hp, which ought to suffice to secure a 0-62mph time in between six and 7 seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed handbook transmission as basic with a seven-speed automated readily available as an alternative. VW promises the car readies around corners, too. It includes exactly what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to mean decreased suspension and larger brakes than the routine Polo. The firm will also provide a ‘Sport Select’ chassis option that must include a lot more aggressive suspension settings and perhaps an even lower flight height.
2018 VW Polo GTI Price and Release Date
VW hasn’t said just how much the 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 a lot of shipments most likely to arrive in 2018.