VIDEO | Volkswagen Polo GTI returns… but wait there’s more!

MyDrive | Volkswagen – Blue Mountains. Volkswagen Australia is pleased to announce local specifications and pricing of its new Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Boasting new, more aggressive styling, an armada of assistance and convenience systems and a new performance-tuned 1.8-litre TSI engine producing 141kW with the choice of manual or DSG transmissions, the new Polo GTI returns to the compact hot hatch category with all the flair and heritage expected of the GTI nameplate.

Producing impressive and intoxicating performance, the new Volkswagen Polo GTI 1.8-litre powerplant can be sampled for the first time in either a 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed DSG transmissions. In either form, the turbocharged TSI engine propels the Polo GTI to 100km/h in just 6.7-seconds.

Because of the tuning parameters of the dual transmissions available, the engine matched to a 6-speed manual offers 320Nm of torque, while the 7-speed DSG offers 250Nm. Despite the different torque values, both transmission combinations deliver the same overall performance, with the DSG offering greater fuel efficiency.

The exterior design of the Polo GTI has been updated to enhance the sporting credentials and aggressive stance of the vehicle. A newly designed front bumper, featuring fog lights with static cornering function mounted in the lower bumper, incorporates the iconic red grille which continues into the headlight housing.

Sitting on 17-inch ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels highlighted by red brake calipers, the side profile of the Volkswagen Polo GTI is also highlighted by unique ‘GTI’ badging and unique side sills; while the rear of the vehicle maintains its functional, sporting appearance with a rear spoiler and diffuser.

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Inside the Polo GTI, the new exterior design inherits many of the impressive features seen in the Mark 7 Golf GTI, including a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles (DSG only) and aluminum finish pedals.

Along with air conditioning with automatic climate control, the Volkswagen Polo GTI also features the latest generation Composition Media touchscreen audio system with 6.5-inch colour display as another interior highlight.

Of course, in keeping with the heritage of the GTI range, the Polo GTI comes standard with bolstered sports seats, adorned in standard ‘Clark’ tartan cloth trim. The front seats also feature storage drawers for added convenience.

Further adding a higher specification of convenience features to the GTI over the standard Polo, the Polo GTI also includes automatic headlights with coming and leaving home function, an alarm with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and SAFELOCK deadlock mechanism, a low tyre pressure indicator, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and automatic rain-sensing wipers.

While extremely exciting and fun to drive, the Polo GTI also offers a vast array of safety features, including standard highlights such as Multi-Collision Braking, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. XDL is standard on the Polo GTI, and offers greater traction and stability around corners – not only improving-on road safety, but also increasing driving capability and enjoyment.

With an impressive list of standard features and equipment, the Polo GTI offers customers a compelling case for a practical, yet enjoyable jack-of-all-trades.

However, should customers wish to enhance their Polo GTI, two optional packages are available which add great value for-money with a host of convenience and assistance systems.

The optional Luxury Package enhances the Polo GTI exterior and interior appearance with LED headlights and daytime driving lights, comfort sport front seats with Alcantara/leather-look upholstery and a panoramic electric glass sunroof.

The optional Driver Assistance Package adds greater practicality and heightened levels of safety above the already stellar standard levels of the new Polo GTI. Included in the package is the Discover Media audio and satellite navigation system, a rear-view camera (RVC), front and rear parking distance sensors and the Driver Fatigue Detection system.

But wait, there’s more…
Because, after all, the new Polo GTI is first and foremost a Polo, the sporty hatch also comes equipped with a number of standard Polo convenience features, including:

  • Remote opening and closing of the windows using the key fob
  • One-touch opening and closing of the windows
  • Internal headlight range adjustment
  • Component protection with Immobiliser 5 system
  • A chillable glovebox
  • Programmable two-stage door locking
  • Heated exterior mirrors

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