If you’re in the marketplace for a new hot hatch, the current VW Polo GTI is another competent choice to place on your shortlist. Introduced simultaneously with the brand-new Polo, it’ll be VW’s high-performance competitor to the Ford Fiesta ST, Mini Cooper S and Renaultsport Clio.
2018 VW Polo GTI Styling
The most recent GTI doesn’t wander off too far from the standard Polo’s design– the 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 exact same good-looking creases as the normal Polo but has a lower side skirt and a little GTI badge on the wing. At the back, a small spoiler sits above the back window while a grey plastic diffuser echoes the style of the larger Golf GTI. A cheeky twin-exhaust pointer pokes out from the bumper while 17-inch alloy wheels complete the sporty touches, with 18-inch versions optional.
2018 VW Polo GTI Interior
The cabin is mainly unchanged from the routine Polo– which is no bad thing. It has the exact same abundant space for 4 passengers or 5 at a push, while the 351-litre boot has actually grown from the modest 280 litres used by its predecessor. You can likewise get VW’s Active Info Display for the very first time– a digital display in location of the traditional dials. Fans of VW hot hatches will be pleased to find the seats are cut in the exact same tartan fabric that’s ended up being a hallmark for the firm’s sportier models. There’s also red stitching on the leather steering wheel, ambient lighting as basic and a GTI-specific handbook equipment knob.
2018 VW Polo GTI Driving and Engines
Under the bonnet is the very same 2.0-litre turbo fuel engine used on many cars throughout the VW Group variety. Here it makes 200hp, which should suffice to secure a 0-62mph time in between 6 and seven seconds. It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with a seven-speed automatic available as an alternative. VW assures the car is good around corners, too. It comes with what VW calls a ‘sport chassis’ that we take to indicate lowered suspension and larger brakes than the regular Polo. The firm will also provide a ‘Sport Select’ chassis option that need to include a lot more aggressive suspension settings and potentially an even lower ride height.
2018 VW Polo GTI Price and Release Date
VW hasn’t stated just how much the new 2018 VW Polo GTI will cost so we’re anticipating it to be priced likewise to the outbound model– roughly ₤ 19,500. It ought to go on sale before the end of 2017 with a lot of deliveries likely to show up in 2018.