18 November 2021 ~ 0 Comments

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI now open for order in the UK, priced from £26,430

Almost two months after the ‘mainstream’ versions of the new Polo opened for order in the UK, Volkswagen Retailers have, today, opened the order books for the new, more powerful Polo GTI. Priced from £26,430 RRP on-the-road, the sporty newcomer tops the new Polo range, and makes the family complete.

It also continues the illustrious Volkswagen GTI line, which now extends from the diminutive Up GTI, through to the eighth-generation Golf GTI. The Polo GTI is the latest in a lineup of hot Polos that started with the 60bhp Polo GT in 1979. The famed 112bhp supercharged Polo G40 first hit the market in 1986, the first 118bhp Polo GTI appearing in a limited series of 3,000 units in 1998.

New look, more power and kit
The new Polo GTI packs 204bhp (an increase of 7bhp over the outgoing model) and has a new look, more equipment, and is safer than ever. It’s also more digital, too, with a fully digitised cabin, similar to that seen on the eighth-generation Golf. As before, power is out down through a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox (with paddles on the leather multifunction sports steering wheel), and performance is every bit a GTI: 0-62mph comes up in just 6.5 seconds thanks to 236lb ft (320Nm) of torque, and the Polo GTI will top out – where conditions allow – at 149mph.

To keep all that performance in check, the new hot Polo has a larger anti-roll bar and more rigid coupling rods at the front, and stiffer axle-locating rear mounts. The suspension is also 15mm lower than other Polos, and Volkswagen’s XDS electronic differential lock is also standard. This controls brake pressure on the front wheel on the inside of a bend, preventing it from spinning.

Driving profile selection
Adaptive Chassis Control DCC is also fitted, which includes a driving profile selection. Two different damping characteristics for the adjustable shock absorbers can be chosen, along with four driving modes: Eco, Individual, Normal and Sport. Allowing drivers to make individual settings that have a direct effect on vehicle dynamics, steering, engine characteristic and DSG shift patterns are adapted, and in Sport mode, the exhaust system is automatically modified to make it sound sportier.

Outside, the new Polo GTI is easily recognised by its new face, fitted with Volkswagen’s IQ Light LED matrix headlights, with an illuminated radiator grille crossbar, as already seen on the ID family of electric cars and the eighth-generation Golf. New red ‘GTI’ badges adorn the front and rear, and of course, there is a red radiator grille strip, which extends into the headlights. At the back, new tail lamps feature dynamic indicators, and red brake calipers peep through 17-inch ‘Parker’ alloy wheels (18-inch ‘Faro’ rims are optional, seen here) and continue a GTI tradition.

Inside, more traditions remain. Black headlining creates a sporty feel, as does the red stitching and the ‘Jacara’-patterned tartan seats. A Kings Red Glossy-painted dash pad is standard, but buyers who are more of the shrinking violet type can choose the subtler Deep Iron Glossy option. The striking Kings Red Metallic is just one of the Polo GTI’s exterior paint finishes: others include Deep Black Pearl, Pure White, Reef Blue Metallic and Smokey Grey Metallic. A black-roof option is also available on blue, red and white cars.

Sharing its 10.25-inch colour Digital Cockpit Pro instruments with other new Polos, the new GTI also comes as standard with 8.0-inch Discover Media Navigation system. A 300W Beats sound system with six speakers, subwoofer, and 8-channel amplifier is optional. Standard kit includes ambient interior lighting, auto lights and wipers, a digital button-controlled 2zone climate control system, and a centre airbag.

‘Sporting family’
Lisa Hartley, Polo Volkswagen UK product manager, said: ‘The marriage of “Volkswagen” and “GTI” kicked off in 1975 with the launch of the now legendary Golf Mk I GTI. Since then, those hallowed three letters have adorned many other models such as the Scirocco, Lupo, and Up. However, it is the Polo – whose GTI model debuted in 1998 – that is, after the Golf, the longest running member of this sporting family.

‘Continuing this illustrious history is this newest version of our pocket-rocket, and it really is the best so far. With driver-focused dynamics, a powerful 204bhp turbocharged engine, big-car tech, a generous list of standard equipment, and assertive yet understated looks, the new Polo GTI is a class act among hot hatches.’

Sadly, Volkswagen is phasing out traditional sales brochures and price lists, so if you want to investigate the new Polo GTI, head to Volkswagen’s online configurator to explore. We’ll take ours in Kings Red Metallic, with 18-inch Faro wheels, please…

2022 VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI PRICES

Polo GTI
2.0 204bhp seven-speed DSG; 155g/km*; 41.3mpg**; £26,430 (RRP OTR)

*WLTP CO2, **WLTP combined.

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