The 1.8-litre model of the old-generation Polo GTI can now be provided for below £10okay. Tempted?
There’s now a lightly tweaked model of the VW Polo GTI. With 204bhp from its 2.0-litre EA888, it’s extra extremely effective than sooner than, and there’s also snazzy recent equipment plus a recent Golf 8-relish face transplant. None of which would tempt us into trying to salvage one.
No longer because of the it’s going to be a perilous automobile – we liked the pre-update Polo GTI very grand. The topic is all of the diversified B-phase hot hatches you may presumably well furthermore believe for the identical money – the Ford Fiesta ST is one in all the most fun attainable efficiency vehicles within the market, and the recent Hyundai i20 N isn’t that a ways within the help of. To make matters worse, the hot Polo’s six-trudge handbook option turned into as soon as ditched ages within the past. Not just like the smaller Up! GTI and the larger Golf GTI, this tartan-enhanced supermini can perfect be had with a seven-trudge ‘DSG’ automatic.
If the Polo’s mix of solid efficiency and classiness allures you, although, we supply out believe about a feeble alternatives to show. First off, you may presumably well presumably merely run for an early pre-facelift automobile with the briefly within the market handbook. It’ll restful believe fairly of its customary VW guarantee left and feel effectively recent, but you can must pay over £15,000.
Option B involves the old-generation Polo GTI, but it’s critical no longer to head too early. The pre-facelift vehicles came with an irregular 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged inline-four, which sounds attention-grabbing, but as soon as more, your perfect transmission option turned into as soon as a DSG. In 2014, although, VW installed a extra feeble 1.8-litre completely turbocharged inline-four and gave it a six-trudge handbook.
Acknowledged 1.8 is appropriate for 189bhp, a to hand improve of 11bhp. Torque within the period in-between sits at 236lb feet, but perfect if you accumulate the handbook – the DSG is small 184lb feet as that’s all of the weedy seven-trudge auto may presumably well snatch. Whichever one you run for, although, the 0-62mph time is the identical – 6.7 seconds.
As with the present Polo GTI, there’s no bodily locking differential here, with the VW as a alternative relying on a brake-primarily primarily based ‘XDS’ torque vectoring diagram to help the front discontinuance in test. That turned into as soon as much less irregular help then, although – LSD-geared up B-phase hot hatches weren’t something relish as traditional as they appear to be now.
The suitable bit of all is the cabin. It’s a wiser-taking a glance house than what you come by within the recent Polo, and most importantly, you’ll restful come by graceful buttons for every little thing. Sadly, the facelifted present automobile has adopted the dreadful haptic suggestions guidance wheel button pads also feeble within the Golf, alongside with the bizarre digital slider component for the fan trudge VW lately added to the up to this point Tiguan.
Prices of the earliest, best mileage fifth-gen facelift Polo GTIs believe now dipped below the magical £10,000 ticket. Our employ for as of late from Autotrader is a smidge over that mark at £10,490, but it appears to be like relish a appropriate accumulate. Frozen White suits it effectively, the mileage isn’t too excessive at 70,000, it has a paunchy service ancient past (as you’d hope for a automobile of this age), and shuffle, it has tartan seats.