Volkswagen Polo GTI Review & Performance

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Volkswagen Polo GTI Overview

Volkswagen India made inroads into the hot hatchback segment with the powerful derivative of Polo dubbed GTI. Sourcing power from the 1.8 litre, TSI petrol engine, it gets the familiar 7-speed DSG transmission. Visual upgrades made to the three-door hatchback are in line with its sporty character. Spruced up cabin packs a decked dashboard finished in black and red stitching around the leather wrapped steering accentuates the sporty look. Volkswagen Polo GTI price range in India is between 9,40,648/- to 9,40,648/- , check for detail pricing of Polo GTI in Carzprice

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The high priced hot hatchbacks are essentially a tweaked version of the regular model with design upgrades inside out and a powerful engine pouncing it on the road. As for the new Volkswagen Polo GTI, India gets the three-door version priced at Rs 25.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Thane). Coming to the engine, the GTI plonks a 1.8 litre, TSI petrol unit producing 189bhp paired to VW’s 7-speed DSG gearbox. Changes made to the exterior are restricted to addition of new elements such as LED headlamps, a new honeycomb grille in front and an integrated rear spoiler among others. Inside, it gets new upholstery, a modish design for the dashboard and some new features.

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

Among sporty hatchbacks, the 2014 GTI ranks at the top for interior quality. The retro-style plaid seat fabric on the base trim won’t suit everyone, but the cabin reflects a cool and sophisticated design, featuring upscale Audi-esque trim and switchgear throughout. The Ford Focus might come close, but in general, you won’t find better materials in this price range. There are a couple downsides, including a lack of useful interior storage and the navigation system’s small screen, which makes it harder to view the map and limits its overall usefulness.

The front seats are sporty and supportive, whether cruising or driving hard, while the rear seats offer a surprising amount of headroom and legroom for adults. Behind the rear seats, the cargo area holds up to 15.2 cubic feet — nearly three times that of the Mini Cooper S, but less than a Focus hatchback. Once the rear seat is folded down, 46 cubic feet of cargo capacity is at your disposal.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Performance

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 Ride & Handling

We move on to the ride and handling characteristics. VW has taken the effort to raise the GTI’s suspension to offer more ground clearance for Indian road conditions. This makes it more useable and you really don’t have to worry about taking the car anywhere you want. Though the suspension is stiff, it isn’t as stiff as other hot hatches like the Mini Cooper, and is hence more forgiving on our roads. At slow speeds the slightly stiff ride results in road imperfections being felt and heard in the cabin, but it doesn’t get uncomfortable at all. As speeds increase, the bump absorption over broken surfaces and undulations is good, but as a result there is some up and down movement.

The GTI gets a quick and accurate steering that makes the car eager to change directions. It rolls a bit too. However, if you enter a corner too fast, it tends to understeer but the trick here is to stay on the power and the traction from the trick differential, which gets power to the correct wheels, allows the car to stick to the intended line. It doesn’t feel artificial either. Now, in hot hatches, you’d expect some adjustability in terms of chassis, but the GTI feels too planted especially the rear, and the chassis doesn’t feel as playful as say a Mini Cooper does. Meanwhile, the brakes offer superb feel and good feedback with hardly any brake fade under intense braking situations.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Braking & 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.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Price

Volkswagen Polo Gti Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,40,648/- (Polo GTI STD) to 9,40,648/- (Polo GTI STD). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo Gti from Volkswagen Dealers in India

Volkswagen Polo GTI Conclussion

There is no doubt in the fact that the Volkswagen Polo GTI is a worthy hot hatchback which can bring smile on the faces of those who sits behind its wheels. But offcourse it’s pricing is a bit too steep for the Indian market which definitely could be a big letdown for many however with all that money you are getting a hot hatchback which not only looks good but also packs a lot of punch from the 1.8 Litre unit. The hot hatchback also gets plenty of driver aids as well to assists the driver and also to keep the occupants safe inside.

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