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2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen has fleshed out its latest generation Polo lineup with the introduction of a new GTI variant. This latest GTI has the same output as the last hot Pol,o but now produces it on one-quarter less petrol. Each and every one of its 177 horsepower now comes from VW's twin-charged 1.4-liter TSI inline-four with direct injection, a turbocharger and a mechanical supercharger. The combined fuel efficiency goes from 29.8 miles per gallon to 39.9 mpg on the EU test cycle.

The Polo GTI gets a similar rounded five spoke wheel design to its big brother, the Golf GTI, along with the obligatory red brake calipers and trim on the grille. Note, too, that this is the first Polo to get LED eyeliner running lamps and corner markers along with bi-xenon headlamps. In proper GTI fashion, the seats are covered in a plaid fabric just like the originals of three decades ago. In fact, with the growth of the Golf over six generations, this Polo is actually almost the same size as the original Golf.

Interestingly, the Polo GTI only comes with the quick shifting seven-speed DSG gearbox and sprints to 62 miles per hour in just 6.9 seconds, and handling will be aided by VW's electronic differential lock, which is said to reduce oversteer.

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To the Point: The New Polo GTI – Extremely Strong and Exceptionally Fuel Efficient
180 PS Polo GTI with 5.9 litre consumption is 25 percent more fuel efficient

229 km/h fast Polo GTI debuts with standard 7-speed DSG
Wolfsburg / Nürburgring, 10 May 2010 - The Polo GTI is back. A powerful 132 kW / 180 PS comeback! And this GTI too lives up to its legendary name with superior handling properties combined with uncompromising engine responsiveness and a maximum of safety. The highlight: Never before has such a powerful Polo come even close to its fuel efficiency. Thanks to clever downsizing of the twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging) and the extremely efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard equipment, the development team was able to reduce combined fuel consumption to 5.9 l/100 km. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km. By comparison: Its direct predecessor in terms of power – also equipped with a 180 PS 1.8-litre turbo engine - consumed 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 188 g/km CO2). This means that the new car is 25 percent more fuel efficient.

This economy contrasts with highly dynamic driving performance: The light 1,194 kilogram Volkswagen sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. These figures, 6.9 seconds, 5.9 litres are sports car performance parameters of a sustainable kind.

Power is transferred to the front wheels via DSG as standard equipment. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially in quick driving through curves. Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP electronic stabilisation programme including Hill Climb Assist. In addition, the car's extensive safety features consists of a highly effective airbag network, including combined head-thorax side airbags, belt tensioners, belt tension limiters plus belt warning, head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma (each in front), three rear head restraints as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat for suitably fitted child seats.

In addition, convenience features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front, central locking, bootspace lighting and tie-down eyes, warning buzzer for light not turned off, driver seat height adjustment, make-up mirror in the sun visors and green tinted insulated glass. The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights as well as a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. Naturally, GTI-specific features are always standard too, such as the sport seat system and 17-inch alloy wheels in "Denver" design.

TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.
Equipment information and technical data apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear VW,

      Keep your redundant Phaeton, boring Passat, and bloated Jetta. Instead get back to your roots, small cars that are fun to drive with great interiors!!

      Please bring this to the US.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. This car seems like the true successor to the old Golf GTIs, that were actually small.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir:

        It may be a year and a half old, but it came after the confirmation that we are getting the Polo as well.


        Not only that, but with the NMS being built here and designed solely for the US market, it's not a stretch to think that they are looking to design the Polo for the US differently as well.

        Not what I want to see happen, but it seems wholly possible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @montoym - yeah, i'm aware of that quote, it's also a year and a half old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HEAR HEAR!

        ...and not the supersized, bloated Polo variant that is slated for the US market!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Matt - it's being evaluated now...
        @ GOT - where you getting your info?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome, pending a thorough test drive... I'll take one in a heart beat :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front end treatment is too garish for me. The rear is just okay, the taillights are a bit too square. The inside is pretty good if the price is right. Knowing VW, it's unlikely the price is right.

      Please end the LED headlight accents stuff now. It's way overused.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LED eyeliner running lights? WTF.

      Just because BMW did something different w/running lights doesn't mean every car manufacturer needs to now follow suit with some odd-shaped design (witness Audi).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Odly enough, it seems that everyone seems to be following Audi on the LED running light front.

        I never saw any other manufacturers embrace angel eyes(which the BMW's had) as much as they have embraced the LED running lights that Audi has made popular.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not feeling the center stack. The small blue screen with the two knobs on either side is all that's needed. Move that up to where that large screen is and it would be perfect. Otherwise sweet looking car. Performance and mpg! Way to go VW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So no? Not a good job, Volkswagen?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you have friends off of the Internet? Or do people just get annoyed with you when you get obsessed with the smallest stuff?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is... sort of... gay...
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP third pedal
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's sad but true honestly anything under 200hp in my book need a manual if nothing more just to keep things lively
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know, small cars with stick are just so fun to drive. But then it might not be able to come with the e-lsd that reduces... oversteer? Wait a minute...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great package, I wish we could get that engine in the Golf in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks great! I bet it's going to be a blasssst to drive! Just a fun, small, sportscar with an attitude! www.wearemetro.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      nope, the MKVI doesn't. Go check both out in the flesh, side by side, and get back to me, nothing in vw's portfolio save their new rebadged a5 is as cohesive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But will it be reliable?

      VW is trash in my book. FOUR VW products were lemoned where I work, an A4, two Touaregs, and a Passat. My mothers 2002 Jetta GLX VR6 was an absolute nightmare. My friends 2007 GTI spent almost two months in the shop after two years of ownership. My friends 2008 Jetta has been almost as unreliable.

      I test drove a MKVI GTI before buying my Mazdaspeed, but I couldn't bring myself to buy it after everything I have witnessed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bloke, assembly location is not the issue. My 2000 GTI GLX was assembled in Germany, but was back to the dealer 11 times in the first 12 months of ownership. German built VWs are just as unreliable as Mexico built VWs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then again, you have to be careful about relying solely on personal experience. Of all the Vauxhall/Opels I have owned, only the mk5 Astra I'd consider to be a car I'd depend upon. A friend of mine has an Insignia which has been plagued with minor niggles; another Insignia owner I know on the other hand loves his. It's never an exact science.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All the other vehicles are late model VWs though.

        The lemoned vehicles were all post-2005.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Bloke

        In the US, Consumer Reports, JD Power, and TrueDelta don't rate VW as a very reliable brand in general. They do have some models that are more reliable than others, but VW isn't considered a reliable brand.

        I have known some people to have good luck with them, but I hear far more negative experiences than positive ones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The main problems were the platforms which spawned the 98 Beetle and the mk4 Golf/Bora/Jetta, in particular those models manufactured in Mexico. I have friends in the UK with Polos, Golfs, Passats and one with a Golf Plus, all with little or no problems. I have friends in the States with Passats and one with a Jetta GLi Fahrenheit - again, all with no problems. But buying a mk4 Jetta built in Mexico could yield problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Bloke, assembly location is not the issue. My 2000 GTI GLX was assembled in Germany, but was back to the dealer 11 times in the first 12 months of ownership. German built VWs are just as unreliable as Mexico built VWs."

        Then clearly the factory in Germany builds all US-spec models first thing on a Monday morning. VW here has an excellent reputation (apart from the Beetle built in Mexico) with none of the issues bounded around the USA. The consumer reportage here all rate VW pretty highly, and Audi and Skoda especially so. In fact, Skoda for several years has almost pipped Lexus for customer satisfaction.

        Then again, there does tend to be an over-exuberance of bad news stories directed at any non-US manufacturer, presumably to keep the morale up with their own domestic motor industry. And since the VW group sells very few models/engine choices in the US compared with other countries, the American viewpoint can't be regarded as a universal one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Me wants!

      I would totally rather have this then the Golf.

      I love small hatches.
        • 5 Years Ago

        If the Polo makes it hear it would most certainly be built in Mexico along with the Jetta and Golf. And to others remarks of quality about VW products in the past I bet if you look at the VIN ( A problem VW) will have been built in Mexico, that being said VW has invested huge sums of money to correct the problems that existed in that plant. But if shopping for an old VW look for the Wolfsburg badge its worth the money lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Poopy - crowd a niche? er... no. The mini shifts a few times more units than the units of the a3, for many reasons. If vw brought this over, sold it for around 17k, it'd do just fine. GTI performance, close to Golf TDI fuel economy, smaller more attractive package, it'd be a huge success for the company.
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