Volkswagen Polo GTI Engine & Test Drive

Volkswagen Polo GTI Overview

Volkswagen’s history with the GTI badge starts way back in 1976 when the Golf got the acronym stuck to its label due to its performance oriented nature. It spelled a future of how hot hatches would be branded in VW’s terminology. What you see here is an evolution of the cult that began in the seventies, the Volkswagen GTI. Despite this hatch’s visual similarity with the Polo, it is a whole different animal altogether.Once through with this review, you’ll know if trading Rs 26.80 lakh for this ‘sleeper’ Polo can give you the adrenaline rush you’ve always succumbed to. Volkswagen Polo GTI On road price starts from 9,40,481/-. Check for price details of Volkswagen Polo GTI in CarzPrice.

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Volkswagen Polo GTI Design

The light the body, the better is the performance. The smaller the wheelbase the better will be the handling. The Polo GTI for India will be a two-door version. This means it will be an ideal recipe for the enthusiasts. There is hot hatchback in India at the moment, which is two door. The Polo GTI will be coming to India with 17-inch alloy wheels mostly with Bridgestone Potenza low profile tyres.

The fascia will resemble the Polo, however there will be a lot of differences in styling. This one will be a lot more sporty and this will be coming with a body kit as well. The Volkswagen Polo GTI will be getting red colour disc brakes and all the four brakes will have discs. Ohh and not to forget the dual exhaust pipes. The GTI can be instantly recognised, not just because of two doors but even its sporty stance that makes it a great option to consider.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Cabin

Open the long door and you are greeted by a familiar dashboard layout in an all-black colour theme. There is red stitching on the seats, gear lever, handbrake and steering wheel. The wheel itself is a new unit which looks sportier. You also get a new instrument cluster which looks classy and comes with all the dials neatly stacked. The centre console is similar to the regular Polo and comes with a touchscreen infotainment system. Above that, you get buttons for traction control and Park Distance Control. The audio system is easy and smooth to use and the sound quality from the 4 speakers + 2 tweeters is good too.

The sport seats offer very good comfort and support but they are manually adjustable. The driving position is bang on though. As expected from a Volkswagen, the quality of the materials is top notch. The front seats can be folded for passengers to go at the rear and there is average space for 2 passengers. The GTI misses out on features like a reverse camera and push button start though you do get a graphical parking assist. On the safety front you get features like 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, ASR, EDL, EDTC, electronic differential lock and wheel locks with anti-theft protection.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Engine

This is the exciting bit. Under the hood of the GTI is a retuned version of the 1.8-litre TSI motor that powers the current Octavia. This iteration makes 192bhp between 5,400rpm and 6,200rpm; which is 12bhp more than the 180bhp that’s made in the Skoda Octavia. It goes without saying that it’s the engine that makes the GTI live up to its ‘hot hatch’ moniker. What’s nice about this motor is the manner in which it picks up pace in an extremely linear fashion in spite of turbo boost being in full swing.

The feeling of speed is masked well and it’s only when you glance at the speedo that you realise how deceptively quick it is. Briskly racing off the mark when the throttle is slammed in Sport mode, the lightning-quick shifts are actuated by the seven-speed DSG ‘box at the 6600rpm redline. In case you want to be in total control of gear shifts, a manual mode with paddle shifters is also in the offing.

In this mode the DSG holds the gear all the way to the red line before shifting, and throttle responses are quick everywhere in the rev-range. This also reflects in the 0-100kmph run which is despatched in 6.57sec. However, if you’re not in the mood for some spirited driving (I couldn’t see that happening!), sticking to the ‘D’ mode makes sense with its less maniac responses. The reaction from the motor, in kickdown for 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph sprints that were clocked in 4.21sec and 4.77sec, is an indication of how overtaking can be swiftly accomplished.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Rideing

Punching out power is one thing; putting it to the roads is a whole different ballgame, and one that the Polo GTI plays well. Enter a corner at high speeds and you will be surprised by the amount of grip offered and containment of body roll. The nose is a tad hesitant to point into a corner, but beyond that, the Polo GTI goes round bends with remarkable neutrality. It feels composed and tight, gripping onto the road like a barnacle onto a sea-washed rock. In fact, you have to try very, very hard to make the GTI depart from the line you have selected.The steering adds to the great handling – it is quick, accurate and well-weighted, offering adequate feedback, and while there is a bit of torque steer, it is quite well-contained, especially when you consider the power being belted out by the engine.

The GTI’s handling is complemented by its suspension. While on the firmer side, it is surprisingly pliant. Its sporty setup may have been softened up slightly to deal with India’s poor roads, and while an enthusiast may dislike the absence of a properly taut ride, the ability to tackle bumps, lumps and crests will definitely be appreciated over time. The ride is reasonably absorbent at both low and high speeds, though I did feel the car unsettle a bit when driven over bad roads at a faster pace

Volkswagen Polo GTI Safety

Volkswagen Polo GTI gets electronic stability control with driver steering recommendation, ABS, ASR, EDL and EDTC. Other primary safety provisions on the Polo GTI are wheel locks with extended anti-theft protection, electronic differential lock XDS, 6 airbags, ISOFIX anchorage points, height adjustable 3 head restraints, 3-point height adjustable seat belts, power windows with anti-pinch mechanism, park distance control, rear fog lamp, front fog lamps with cornering lights and rear window wiper with intermittent control.Exterior gets a bunch of features like LED headlamps with DRLs and RED inserts, sporty bumpers, signature honeycomb grille, dual chrome exhaust pipes, body cladding on seal panel, reflectors on bumpers, ORVMs with turn indicators and dark red tail lamp assemblies. Cabin comes equipped with multifunctional leather wrapped steering wheel with multiple controls, paddle shifters, storage compartments in front doors, fabric seat covers and drawers under front seats among several others. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in India/Hyderabad at Autozhop

Volkswagen Polo GTI Price

Volkswagen Polo Gti Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,40,481/- (Polo GTI STD) to 9,40,481/- (Polo GTI STD). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo Gti from Volkswagen Dealers in India

Volkswagen Polo GTI Verdict

While I could go on and on about how great a car the GTI is from behind the wheel, it is a bit much from behind the wallet. Yes, this is a CBU, so the build quality is European and the high price also ensures exclusivity (along with the 99-unit batch size), but do you get value for your money? It’s difficult to say.But that’s the thing: the GTI is not about value propositions or rational economic decisions. The GTI is about emotions and feelings. It is a car you buy with your heart and not your head. It makes little sense to purchase as a primary car, but if you are is looking to buy a second car to enjoy driving and money is not a concern, there is little to rival the GTI. The Mini Cooper S matches its performance, but is priced at even more of a premium, and the Merc A-class and Volvo V40 are better for conspicuous consumption, but don’t offer the same go. It is a car for those who want to enjoy it, not enjoy showing it. It also helps that it manages to strike such a great balance between performance and comfort.

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