The fastest and most powerful Polo ever, the Volkswagen Polo GTI is coming to India soon. We take an in-depth look at it to see if that extra performance is worth shelling out more dough for
In a country where a large majority still live in joint families, size is still of paramount importance when it comes to buying a car. Size matters too when you are navigating traffic full of errant drivers and you need to intimidate them out of the way. Hence, bigger is better.
But that’s not the full picture. If you look at how the number of cars have exploded and how the road infrastructure haven’t been able to keep up in the last decade or so, it would come as no surprise that more and more people are opting for smaller vehicles, especially for urban commuting. Even enthusiasts of high-performance vehicles are now faced with the prospect of gingerly piloting their finely-tuned machines through roads where no one is willing to give them way.
And that’s where high-performance hatches like the Volkswagen Polo GTI come in. Small in size yet powered by potent engines that deliver almost all of the excitement that bigger sports cars have to offer, they make perfect sense. That they are also comparatively less expensive than thoroughbred performance cars is another big bonus point. So what does the Volkswagen Polo GTI, showcased today to a select...read more »
March 11, 2016 By Saeed Akhtar. Photography by Amar Katkar
Volkswagen GTI Highlights
The powerful and racy Volkswagen GTI is retailed in Indian market at high-ish price point of Rs 20.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The talking point of GTI is its 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine delivering Max power of 192 PS along with 250 Nm of rotational force. The engine comes mated to 7-speed automatic dual shift gearbox (DSG) and the combo delivers the fuel-efficiency of 16.34 kmpl. Currying the favour with the racy spirit of the GTI is its LED headlamps, sporty bumpers, and dual chrome exhaust pipes. The features like metallic alloys, body cladding, rear reflector, sporty flat bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters etc. further enhances its appeal. Volkswagen GTI also comes equipped with safety features like front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and electronic differential lock. In the Indian market, Volkswagen GTI is competing against Fiat Abarth Punto, Maruti Baleno, and Hyundai Elite i20 among others.
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