Volkswagen Polo GT Overview & Performance
August 8, 2018
Volkswagen Polo GT Overview
Volkswagen recently launched the new Polo, which we reviewed in our last issue and were quite impressed with the improvements made to it. Now it was only a matter of time that the GT versions came out wearing the new changes. We were invited by the company to drive the petrol and diesel Polo GT in the scenic surroundings of Amby Valley and on a makeshift circuit on an airstrip. Here are the technical changes in the new models. View Offers & Price on Polo GT in Mumbai at CarzPrice
Volkswagen Polo GT Exterior & Look
The new styling for the Polo GT variants is largely the same as seen on the standard Polo. Frontal changes include a new grille, bumper, headlamps and integrated fog lamps with cornering lights. These new progressive elements lend the car with a subtle and more matured stance. The chrome line running through the intake grille along with the new headlamp adds to the upmarket positioning of this car. At the rear, the bumper along with the tail lamp cluster features a new design. The license plate holder is now integrated into the rear bumper, imparting a cleaner look to the rear section.
We mentioned it in our review of the earlier GT TSI that the lack of a distinct visual identity for the GT variants could be a disappointment for some. In the new GTs that hasn’t changed and one still gets the discreet GT badging on the grille & below the C-pillar (only in TSI) and black ORVMs as the only key visual differentiators.
Volkswagen Polo GT Interior & Cabin
The interiors of the German car are also similar in design to that of the regular Polo. But now the car gets an all-black dashboard with a piano black finish centre console, instead of the dual-tone dashboard in the regular Polo. The car comes with dual-tone seats. The GT gets a flat bottomed steering wheel with audio Bluetooth and voice command controls integrated in them. The car gets GT doorstep garnish as well.
The new Polo GT TDI comes with ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, automatic air-conditioning, a Monochrome Multi-Function Display, a music player with USB, AUX-in, CD and SD card inputs and 4 speakers. Bluetooth Connectivity and Voice Command are also available.
Volkswagen Polo GT Engine & Performance
This is one aspect where the Polo does really well, as do the GT models. The GT TSI with the 7-speed DSG gearbox especially is an absolute bliss to drive. It performs well not just as a good automatic hatchback for your daily errands in the city but also as a performance hatch for your long drives. The GT TDI on the other hand has ample of torque thanks to which it doesn’t demand too many shifts while driving through traffic. That said, the clutch is a bit heavy. Ride quality and visibility all round on both the cars remains good.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI retains the same direct injection, turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 7-speed DSG gearbox from the earlier GT. In this trim the Polo pumps 105PS of power and 175Nm of torque. The gearbox is seamless and responds instantly to the inputs of the throttle. Slot it into Sports or shift manually and the Polo GT TSI with its easy and quick revving engine makes for a delightful drive.
The GT TDI with the new 1.5-litre engine feels even more energetic than the petrol. Despite the fact that Volkswagen has retained the same engine from the standard Polo for excise duty benefits, it pumps out an extra 15PS of power and 20Nm of torque in the GT TDI guise. However, even though the new GT TDI is more punchy to drive than the regular similarly engine diesel Polo, it does feel a little lacklustre compared to the older 1.6-litre powered TDI. As for the shifts on this manual; the 5-speed gearbox is slick with precise and short throws
Volkswagen Polo GT Ride & Handling
Anyone who’ll spend some extra bucks for buying this hot-hatch would obviously expect fun times behind the wheel and the GT doesn’t really disappoint on that part. The road grip and stability is rock solid, like a true German. In fact, even past the 150 kph-mark, the car feels relaxed and marches comfortably like a warrior, better than many of today’s entry-level sedans.Polo has always been a great handler and GT is no different. Target a series of quick bends and it would be more eager than you to run down the curves. The steering wheel is decently communicative and every move of the wheel is met with positive response.The suspension setup has been carried forward from the regular Polo that hovers somewhere between being overtly soft or stiff. A reworked stiffer suspension would have been an icing on the cake, but I don’t have complaints with this either, as it soaks up the bumps beautifully well, and keeping the conditions of our roads in minds, this is a boon. For information on contact details of Volkswagen car dealers in New Delhi
Volkswagen Polo GT Safety & Features
Last year when it was reported that some of the most popular compact cars sold in India failed crash tests done by Global NCAP, almost immediately Volkswagen announced dual front airbags as standard fitment on all variants of the Polo. That says something about the company’s commitment to safety. The GT TSI gets ample safety features such as dual front airbags as standard, anti-lock braking system, rear-parking sensors, electronic stabilisation programme and hill-hold function. However, we believe that in addition to rear-parking sensors there should have been a rear-parking camera too.
Volkswagen Polo GT Price
Volkswagen Polo Gt Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,17,792/- (Polo GT TSI) to 9,32,555/- (Polo GT TDI). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo Gt from Volkswagen Dealers in Hyderabad. Check On Road price of Polo GT in Hyderabad
Volkswagen Polo GT Verdict
at the same time it is more powerful than the conventional automatics. This means you can take this hatchback for weekend drives and at the same time even use it as your daily city car. This is fun and convenient at the most affordable cost.The German build quality, driving dynamics and the styling of the Polo makes it stand out of the crowd. The Polo is the oldest premium hatchback in its segment, but the German automaker has done a phenomenal job to keep it fresh in design and even features. The Polo is certainly a good option to consider.