The 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi with DSG gearbox is a small bomb from 192 HP, but thanks to the bodywork with 5 doors, automatic double-clutch and an elastic engine turns out to be a good travel companion day-by-day.
2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi DSG Concept
Wide shoulders, honeycomb grille with red chevrons, red brake calipers and seats with tartan lining: no doubt, GTi, and effect. Agree, “GTi” par excellence has always been the elder sister, the forerunner of the compact Golf sports presented to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1975. But also the story of the Polo is full of hot releases: the first was the G40 in 1986, powered by a 1.3 from 115 HP with supercharger, and only in the late 1990s came the first Polo GTi, then powered by a 125 HP 1.6 from
Today the Golf has grown quite a bit as all competitors in the C segment in performance, in quality and price. The fact is that in terms of size, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi exceeds the first Golf GTi. The impression, not too hidden, is that the Pole is his spiritual heir. Compact, affordable, winking thanks to specific finishes, but not overwhelming, not over the top. In short, a car space in the newspaper, but with an aggressive nature that emerges as soon as you decide to not be friendly with your right foot.
Tartan seats, I said. Definitely the highlight of the Volkswagen Polo GTi, together with the leather-wrapped steering wheel with flat bottom and red stitching. The effect nostalgia works if accompanied by high-quality finishes and a perceived quality worthy of the Emblem tacked on the hood. Everything perfect, or almost: the touch screen well integrated with the dashboard looks a bit subdued. But maybe it’s everything else that is big-time.
2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi Test Drive
I admit I have a soft spot for B-segment sport: I love the idea of having a big engine under the hood of a minivan. I appreciate the lightness, versatility, and price generally accessible. Not all, however, I would recommend to a friend looking for a car to use for homework routine. Some are too extreme, and although they are a source of great amusement are not very versatile. Others, however, are too polite and a little thrilling, at which point the game is not worth the candle, better to focus on the “normal” version or on a good turbodiesel.
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi is one of those that can match a good standard of comfort to driving pleasure that you would expect from a small compact, provided you bear some more jerk on the irregularities of the road surface. You feel at ease when you’re stuck in traffic, both between the bends of a mountain pass. The automatic gearbox DSG is so from this point of view: not only is lightning in moving from one gear to the other, but he can also be docile under normal conditions of use.
The turbo 4-cylinder 1.8 to 192 HP and 250 Nm of Volkswagen Polo GTi DSG has the great merit of being always ready since the lower revs so that you find yourself “walking” putting the gas pedal. Good sound insulation, sound nice. At least until you decide to press the Sports button: in this case, the Polo GTi clears his throat, and the answer becomes aggressive.
Don’t be fooled by that 8 HP less than other competitors, the small GTi of Wolfsburg has an exciting progression until the pointer of the tachometer is approaching the red zone, and the feeling is that the power is higher than it actually is. And all this despite the couple less than the Polo GTi with manual transmission (bear 80 Nm, in addition, a total of 350).
Sometimes the absence of a mechanical limited slip differential is felt: in out of the corners, the front wheels are struggling to unload the impetus of the Polo GTi despite the presence of an electronic device (XDS) that simulates the action of a differential, but handle the power part of the game. A cinch, because of frame made of and responsiveness to any regime of 1.8 turbos they make you feel like a pilot from great qualities.
New Volkswagen Polo GTi DSG Prices
The Volkswagen Polo GTi is listed with prices starting at just over 22,500 euro 3-door version with a manual transmission. The model test at 5 doors with DSG gearbox reaches 24,750 euro with a budget not entirely complete. Standard, there are all the typical elements of the GTi (17-inch alloy wheels included), the air condition manual, heated front seats, 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system and the multiple collision detection systems.
Lacking the GPS Navigator with online services including for 36 months (780 euro), the packet Tech & Sound with cruise control and parking sensor (300 euros), the trim adjustable with Sports Performance Kit (370 euros), and especially the indispensable paddle at the wheel for DSG gearbox offered along with the multifunction steering wheel (330 euros).
The Renault Clio R.S. from 200 HP is the only alternative to the 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi DSG with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, though less reactive excellent DSG. Are both 5-door, but the difference in character between the two is plenty.
The Frenchman has a sportsmanship more ostentatious and more abrupt reactions; Germany instead is more stable and reassuring. In terms of performances, we’re on similar levels, albeit with a slight advantage for the Polo: 6.6 seconds for the 0-100 and 236 km/h top speed vs 6.7 seconds and 230 km/h. Demonstrating that those 8 HP less doesn’t feel at all.
Among the alternatives are the Ford Fiesta ST200, the most extreme of the segment and a point of reference with regard to driving pleasure, and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport. Both rigid attitude, with only 3-door bodywork and manual transmission. In terms of interior finishes, the best are the Polo GTi and GTi 208.
To those looking for a compact high-performance, exciting but at the same time versatile. With a price lower than the 25,000 euro you can take away a lot of satisfaction, without giving up the 5 doors and the convenience of an automatic transmission. Comfort is good and the trim is not of those splits-back, but compared to other versions you have to take into account an answer driest manholes and humps and potholes.
2018 Volkswagen Polo GTi Pros and Cons
- The motor has an exciting progression
- The balance between driving pleasure and comfort in everyday use
- The kick down is also active in driving mode manual
- The paddle behind the wheel are not standard: must be added