• Feb 14, 2011
2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you thought that Audi's adaption of the A1's platform for all-wheel drive would open the door for an AWD version of the Volkswagen Polo as well, think again. Although the A1 and the Polo share the same platform, the latest reports indicate that Volkswagen has no plans to apply the technology for an all-wheel-drive variant of the CrossPolo or a hotter Polo R.

This platform was never intended to accommodate all-wheel drive, but Audi saw it fit to tweak things in order to accommodate a Quattro version of the A1. The potential had sparked speculation about how this could be adapted for Volkswagen use, but according to reports, VW feels that a Polo R – with AWD or without – would crowd the already limited space between the above-pictured Polo GTI and the Golf GTI. Meanwhile, the automaker says that the soft-road CrossPolo is already popular enough in front-wheel-drive form, and even with Audi already laying the groundwork, the added expense of adapting the high-riding Polo to all-wheel drive wouldn't be worth the return.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a smart move...AWD would make the Polo more expensive which is not what the Polo is in the market for...btw this car resembles too much to the GTI
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW, please give us Americans the Polo. And make it have a decent interior like the new Passat. Not the hard plastic from the new Jetta.
        • 3 Years Ago
        pretty please VW? with zucker on top?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's impossible. New Polo is very expensive even for European standards. Even much cheaper Fiesta was downgraded for US. Euro quality Polo would cost at least $15-16k.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't really care about the polo... I'd rather have the Audi A1. I live in Herndon across the street from VW America -- y'all want me to walk over and give them our demands?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I visited them once. They were very nice, but wouldn't let me talk with anyone. I really wanted to bend someone's ear about bringing more diesels here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Polo supposed to come to the U.S. market? And if it is, when?
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Polo R for who? Europeans? Why can't America just get the Polo itself?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay no Polo R is fine, but how about the normal polo here?
      VW Golf - Ford Focus, and Ford Fiesta - VW Polo
      That happens in Europe, why not US?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring the Polo hatch to the US! Want so bad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Would you pay $16k for basic version?
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Polo-R for anyone!
      i understand that decision. A R-Version of the Polo is not really necessary since they already have the very potent GTI Version and the Audi RS-1 will soon arrive as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Slolo!
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Golf R Lite for us
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