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The Polo GTI comes with a 5-star safety rating

Safety and After Sales Service – The Polo GTI does not suffer any structural changes, unlike the previous version which missed a B-pillar. This means that the crash test reports of the facelifted Polo will be sufficient for buyers. The Polo has scored outstanding results in terms of safety and will not disappoint even the most conservative hot-hatch buyers. The car comes with a 5-star NCAP rating and has a 96% adult occupant rating. There are also a plethora of safety systems in place. Overall this car is pretty safe to be in and should not be a point of worry or a factor of reconsideration for potential customers. The crash test results and a comprehensive report on the car can be seen from Euro NCAP’s website.

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The Polo GTI is a hot hatch that one can commute with

Verdict – The new Volkswagen Polo is a big leap over its predecessor (the one we still get in India). Improvements aren’t just limited to the styling, interior, space, ride, handling and performance but also in terms of equipment and tech. The GTI is a completely different ballgame though because it brings all of the above along with stellar fun to drive feel to the package. While the new Polo might not be heading here anytime soon, Volkswagen could give us a taste of hot-hatch madness by bringing a few units to India via the CBU route. Keeping in mind that there is no homologation required for under 2500 units, a price tag of Rs. 20 lakhs sounds just right and tempting!

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The GTI also gets VW’s fantastic all-digital instrument cluster

What’s Cool

* Smart and sporty looks
* Feature loaded cabin with decent space
* Punchy petrol engine
* Superb ride and handling balance
* Comes with a 5-star safety rating

What’s Not So Cool

* Steering doesn’t weigh up at high speeds
* Price in India could be high

Alternatives: – Mini Countryman Cooper S JCW, Mini Cooper JCW, Fiat Abarth Punto

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Automatics are cool but one needs a manual to have the most fun

2020 Volkswagen Polo GTI Specifications

* Engine: 1984cc, 4-Cyl, Petrol
* Power: 200 PS
* Torque: 320 Nm
* Top Speed: 237 km/hr
* 0-100 km/hr: 6.7 seconds
* Transmission: 6-Speed DSG
* Fuel Consumption: 8-10 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Tyre Size: 215/40/18 (Front & Rear)
* Suspension: McPherson Strut (Front), Torsion Beam (Rear)
* Brakes: Disc (Front & Rear)
* Safety: 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP

2020 Volkswagen Polo GTI Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4067 mm X 1751 mm X 1438 mm
* Wheelbase: 2560 mm
* Ground Clearance: 143 mm
* Turning Radius: 5.3-metres
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 40-litres
* Kerb Weight: 1285 kgs

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The GTI is very enticing package, one that needs no introduction

Further Reading

2017 Volkswagen GTI Review

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