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A quick recap about Volkswagen Polo GTI 2019 with James Attwood

Monday 21/January/2019 - 10:52 AM
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Edited By: Rabea Yehia




The Autocar NEWS digital editor James Attwood gives you a quick recap about Volkswagen Polo GTI 2019، saying that this is the Time for a quick recap. You might recall that my previous long-termer was a Suzuki Swift Sport.

"I enjoyed it’s fizzy، fun nature enough to overlook a handful of minor niggles and annoyances. But it left me posing a question: would I swap the Swift Sport for a hot hatch which traded some of that charm for a bit more polish? Something like، say، a Volkswagen Polo GTI?"، he said.

"Good question، if a slightly leading one، because shortly before I waved goodbye to the Swift Sport، a Volkswagen Polo GTI duly arrived at Autocar Towers. It’s almost as if it was planned this way"، he added.

James Attwood pointed that the polish promised by the new fourth-generation Polo GTI was highlighted by our road test team. They cited the class-leading interior and all-round quality، and noted that this is the most convincing Polo GTI yet، one that feels like a proper performance car rather than just a top-spec regular Polo. That’s certainly what VW has pushed for: this GTI has appeared unusually early on in the Polo’s life، and the firm says the MQB A0 platform the car is built on was engineered with this GTI version in mind.

He confirmed that the Sounds promising، then – although you can probably feel the ‘but’ coming. In this case our testers felt the Polo GTI traded on “cold، hard capability” instead of hot hatch sizzle. Key to that capability is the EA288 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot engine – the same one you’ll find in the Golf GTI and plenty of other Volkswagen Group performance cars. Here it’s been tuned to make 197bhp and 236lb ft، so I’ll have a fair amount of extra go under my right foot compared with the Swift Sport’s lowly 138bhp and 170lb ft.


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