VW Polo GTI on-sale from £26,430 18 | 11 | 2021

    VOLKSWAGEN HAS RELEASED specification details and pricing for its all-new Polo GTI. Utilising technology and styling influenced by the larger Golf, prices start from £26,430. Only one trim level is available for the hothatch. (Related: Order books open for new Polo)

    Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 204bhp, and with torque restricted to 236lb/ft at 1500-4500rpm, the Polo GTI will cover 0-62mph in 6.5secs.

    In addition to four drive modes — Eco, Individual, Normal and Sport — the front-wheel-drive Polo mirrors its predecessor in being fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Quite whether a manual version will ultimately be added to the range is still uncertain. (Related: VW ID.5 arrives with 323-mile range)

    Standard equipment includes a 10.25in digital cockpit screen alongside an 8.0in central display. There’s also a leather multifunction steering wheel, two-zone climate control, a centre airbag and 17in alloys. Also included is VW’s Light and Sight Pack, with automatic headlight control, walk-me-home lights, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.


    Boasting a new front end, which has clearly taken inspiration from that of the eighth-generation Golf, the new Polo GTI also includes VW's new light bar signature, a revamped rear, and uprated running gear, including a larger front anti-roll bar. (Related: Hot VW ID.4 gets GTX badging)

    At the front, 'IQ Light' LED matrix headlights are standard to accompany the full-width front light bar. Meanwhile the rear benefits from a different bumper design. Standard 17in alloy wheels are also now available in a new design based on that used by the Golf. For the first time, the Polo GTI also receives dynamic turn signals.


    Buyers can choose from six paint colours — Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Kings Red metallic, Reef Blue metallic and Smokey Grey metallic — with a black roof for red, white and blue paint options. (Related: VW T-Cross Black Edition)

    Inside the cabin, the GTI's equipment level is based on Life trim. That means an 8.0in central infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality integrated. The interior is also marked out by the return of the red interior trim seen on the previous model.


    The car also receives the firm's new ‘Digital Cockpit’ dashboard set-up, as used by the Golf and ID 3, while VW’s Discover Pro and Discover Media systems are optional. The options list also includes a panoramic sunroof, voice control, wireless charging, a Beats sound system and 18in alloy wheels.


    The Polo GTI’s handling is boosted by the inclusion of a bespoke, performance-oriented chassis tune, which lowers the body by 15mm compared with the standard Polo. There’s also a large stabiliser on the car’s front axle.


    There’s also  host of technical goodies, including autonomous emergency braking, automatic post-collision braking, a driver alert system, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, side assist and rear traffic alert all as standard. And for the first time, the Polo also gets VW’s Travel Assist system.


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    Jim McGill


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