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VW Polo GTI 2018 review – finally worthy of those three letters?

Jordan Katsianis
11 Jul 2018
Verdict:

VW's Polo GTI is a polished and capable, but lack intensity compared to rivals and playfulness of the bigger Golf GTI

Evo Rating: 
Price: 
£21,145
For 
Impressive mid-range grunt, competent daily driver
Against 
Handling is one-dimensional, adept but not exciting, firm ride
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Performance and 0-60 time

VW claims the DSG-equipped Polo will rattle off the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.7sec. Yet, while it feels as fast as the numbers suggest when going all out, it never feels quite as quick as its torque figure and relatively low 1355kg kerb weight suggests.

There’s plenty of muscle at low speeds, but the delivery goes a little flat in the mid-range – it feels as if the car’s potential is being deliberately reined in so as not to tread on the toes of the Golf – although this reluctance could also be explained by the tall intermediate gears. Incidentally, both power and performance figures are identical to the incoming Fiesta ST, despite its lack of 500cc and a cylinder.

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