Volkswagen has finally launched the much-awaited performance variant of the Polo hatchback. However, the Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) sticker price may have dampened the spirits of enthusiasts for what is otherwise a brilliant hot hatch.
Armed with a 1.2-litre petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging that develops 105PS of power and 175Nm of torque, the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI holds the honour of being the only hot hatchback in the country. The modern engine is mated to an equally modern seven-speed double clutch automatic gearbox. The DSG gearbox has three modes, namely, automatic, sport and manual.
Volkswagen claims that the Polo GT TSI can go from 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 190 km/h. The company also claims that maximum torque is available from 1,500 rpm onwards. The ARAI fuel efficiency figure of the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has been rated at 17.2 kmpl.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is available in Highline trim only and will be distinguished externally from the less powerful variants with its GT badges. The Polo GT TSI does, however, feature more equipment than the lesser 1.2 Highline variants in the form of a climate control system and new seat fabric.
The Highline variants of the Polo also pack in a lane change indicator with triple flash, a stereo with USB, Aux-in and SD card connectivity, alloy wheels, front and rear fog lamps, rear defogger, rear wash wipe, electric ORVMs, a 12V power outlet at the front, tilt and telescopic adjustable multifunction steering wheel, remote central locking and leather-wrapped steering, gear knob as well as handbrake lever.
Active safety equipment on the Polo GT TSI includes front airbags, ABS, ESP (Traction control system) and pinch guard safety for all 4 power windows.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI will be available in three colours, namely, Candy White, Flash Red and Deep Black.
All in all, the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI packs in powertrain technology that is a generation ahead of other hatchbacks on the market. However, there is a premium of Rs 2.01 lakh over the less powerful top-of-the-line petrol Polo that one has to pay to enjoy this otherwise cracking car.
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