Earlier this year Volkswagen teased the updated version of the sixth generation Polo GTI and now the wait is over as the revised Polo GTI now with a 152 kW TSI engine has been officially unveiled.
The compact hatchback design has been visually updated with a red strip in the radiator grille and a honeycomb structure for the air intake grille while it’s now equipped as standard with the new LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grille crossbar creating a style connection VW’s ID. models and to the new vehicle generation of successful models like the Golf, Arteon and Tiguan, which also feature the LED light strip.
Round the back the newly designed LED tail light clusters are the most obvious change. These are larger than before and extend towards the middle of the boot lid and feature an animated brake light and integrated dynamic indicators.
Inside the premium sports seats feature the typical ‘Clark’ check pattern. VW mention that this Polo GTI now features the latest-generation assist systems for improved comfort and safety and now has latest version of the online infotainment systems (MIB3.1) for a permanent internet connection. To display the digital content in full colour, the updated Polo GTI now comes as standard with the Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display, as well as the ‘Ready2Discover’ Infotainment system including App-Connect Wireless, online control unit (eSIM), features on demand and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. An upgraded navigation systems with a 9.2-inch touchscreen is also available as an option.
As you’d expect from a GTI badged VW this sporty Polo sits 15 mm lower than its regular TSI siblings. To assist with quick corners, the XDS electronic differential lock works with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control systems. The XDS effectively uses brake pressure on the inside front wheel to prevent the wheel from spinning and assisting the car to turn in more keenly.
Like all its predecessors, the new Polo GTI is front-wheel drive and here the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now produces 152 kW via a standard 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). It completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds and maximum torque is rated at 320 Nm between 1 500 to 4 500 rpm.
Partly automated driving is available in the Polo GTI for the first time. The system can take over steering, braking and acceleration of the from a speed of 0 km/h up to the control limit of 210 km/h. To do this, the activated system relies on functions including predictive Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist. Using a radar system in the front end and a camera behind the windscreen, Travel Assist can maintain the speed, lane and distance from the vehicle in front. The system is activated by means of the Travel- Assist button in the newly designed leather multifunction steering wheel.
Watch the video below to see the latest Polo GTI in action: