The Volkswagen Polo GTI slots between the entry-level 5-door hot hatches like a Fiat Punto Abarth, VW Polo GT TSI and the premium hot hatches like the Mini Cooper S and the Abarth 595 Competizione.
After its local debut at Auto Expo 2016, Volkswagen India has launched the new VW Polo GTI as the ‘Volkswagen GTI’ at INR 25.99 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). It’s only available in the three-door variant and a limited to 99 units at launch.
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The Volkswagen Polo GTI slots between the entry-level 5-door hot hatches like a Fiat Punto Abarth, VW Polo GT TSI and the premium hot hatches like the Mini Cooper S and the Abarth 595 Competizione. It costs nearly INR 17 lakhs more than the 105 hp Polo GT TSI & INR 16 lakh than its closest competitor, the 147 hp Punto Abarth. The automobile mobiles this car Coupled with 3-door body styles, the GTI comes across as a niche offering that could appeal to the young driving enthusiasts, but however it is marketed, it looks overpriced.
The Polo GTI packs a 1.8L TSI four-cylinder with a turbo petrol engine that produces 189 hp & 250 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via with a 7-speed DSG gearbox with steering-mounted paddle shifters. It is capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 233 km/h. Changes specific to the Indian market include suspension tuning & the better dust-proofing.
The VW GTI comes equipped with a LED headlamps with DRLs, 5-spoke alloy wheels with the fatter 215/40 tyres, twin chrome-plated exhausts & a sunroof, three-spoke GTI flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium pedals, ‘Jacara’ upholstery with the red contrast stitching, large touchscreen infotainment system, 6 airbags, cruise control, ABS, Hill-hold, ESP and front armrest.