Volkswagen Polo GT Overview & Performance
- March 4, 2019
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Volkswagen Polo GT Overview
The hatchback market in India has always been a popular one, especially among the middle class people, who form a large section of the crowd. Volkswagen Polo GT is one of the popular hatchbacks in the country. There are lots of Volkswagen Polo GT variants to choose from that offer different sets of features and are available at different prices.Book a test drive for Volkswagen Polo GT .
Volkswagen Polo GT Exteriors
The Polo GT TSI looks almost identical to the Polo GT TDI. The only difference is the TSI badge on the boot and GT TSI stickers on the C-pillars. The alloy wheels differentiate the GT models from the regular Polo and the performance oriented variants also get black outside rearview mirrors and a black rear spoiler. There is also a GT badge on the right side of the front grille. Compared to the old GT, the new TSI looks fresher thanks to the revised front-end with the addition of chrome elements. This car simply doesn’t want to age and still looks as fresh as a daisy.
The GT TSI shares its interiors with the GT TDI so you get an all black interior which gels well with the sporty theme. Quality is excellent and so is the overall feel inside the cabin. The piano black finish on the centre console, silver outlines around the AC vents and the 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel are the big highlights in the cabin. The GT also gets aluminium pedals and the seats are very supportive too, so driving this car is a pleasure. In fact, other than the lack of rear seat room, there is no fault with the cabin of the Volkswagen Polo, everything is almost perfect. Small details like the one touch up/down for all power windows, large and easy to read fonts for the MID and doors which shut with a reassuring thud go a long way to make the Polo stand out from its rivals, the GT models having no direct competition anyways.
Volkswagen Polo GT Gearbox
Volkswagen Polo GT specifications are well looked after as far as the engine under the hood is concerned, with the hatch featuring a 1.2-litre TSI engine for the petrol trim and 1.5-litre TDI engine for the diesel. The petrol motor is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission system, whereas the diesel engine works in sync with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Volkswagen Polo GT generates some really good figures, carving away 105 PS power at 5000 rpm and 175 Nm torque for the petrol trim. The diesel trim churns out the same power but 250 Nm torque at 1500 to 2500. For Volkswagen Polo GT check cibsleh.in
As the above table shows, the GT TSI is faster at the top-end thanks to it having a good punch near the redline which comes in quite early at just under 6000 RPM. Although the tachometer shows redline at 6500 RPM, the GT seldom crosses the 6000 RPM mark with only first gear seeing the motor rev till 6200 RPM. There are three driving modes, D for drive, S for Sports and tiptronic function which let’s you shift gears on your own (there are no paddles!). In D mode the gearbox takes it easy, shifting early and as per throttle inputs, on full throttle it swaps gears at around 5500 RPM while in S mode the motor pulls to around 6000 RPM. In manual mode the gearbox remains in the lowest gear and won’t upshift till redline but if you don’t give full throttle, it won’t downshift. Gears will automatically change in manual mode if you fail to do so.
The 7-speed DSG unit offers slick shifts and shows the urgency you would want from a performance car. The Turbocharged Stratified Injection is itself fast revving and becomes audible post 3000 RPM, creating an addictive note post 4500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear and you can comfortably cruise in top gear at 100 km/hr with the tachometer ticking in at just 2100 RPM. The vehicle pulls very quickly to 140 km/hr (it does 150 km/hr in fourth gear) and post that progress is a bit tamed although given the road, the GT TSI will easily top out at 190 km/hr. When you turn on the car, the cluster reminds you to put your foot on the brake to engage gear, in spite of that one can change between N, D and tiptronic without touching the button on the lever. With our heavy foot and redlining day and night, the GT TSI returned a respectable mileage of 9 km/l. Driven sedately, this car will easily give double digit numbers.
Volkswagen Polo GT Driving
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI also gets ESP which prevents wheel-spin although this system isn’t really required on this car since power is fed in a smooth manner. There is also hill hold which isn’t of much use on an automatic car. The GT TSI is lighter than the GT TDI and is less stiffer too, the softness of the suspension being very noticeable when you hit a bump, the tendency to bounce a bit and leave its line is there. There is less understeer though and ride quality is excellent. The steering is quick but could do with more feedback, more so considering the GT is a performance model. Braking performance is excellent and the car stops dead in its track at any given speed (the hazards turn on when you stand on the brakes). The new Apollo Alnac tyres offer better grip and don’t lose traction as quickly as the Aceleres offered before.
Volkswagen Polo GT Safety
There are plenty of Volkswagen Polo GT features in the safety section that ensure that customers rely upon the prowess of the hatch. Some of the safety features offered by the hatch include height-adjustable head restraints, 3-point seat belts, emergency exit, high mounted stop lamp, etc. For the braking system, Volkswagen Polo GT gets ABS along with disc brakes for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear.
Volkswagen Polo GT Price in Pune
Volkswagen Polo Gt On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 10,58,066 to 10,93,436 for variants Polo GT TSI and Polo GT TDI respectively. Volkswagen Polo Gt is available in 2 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Polo Gt variants price in Pune. Check Polo GT price in Pune at Carzprice.
Volkswagen Polo GT Verdict
If performance and a good handling car are what you require, then the Polo GT is the car for you. The GT TSI and the GT TDI are the hottest hatchbacks currently on sale in India. The manual gearbox in the GT TDI will attract enthusiasts. The DSG gearbox in the GT TSI will thrill you equally. These cars are a blessed relief as all other hatchbacks have a maximum power of 90 HP. Volkswagen have also made airbags standard on all variants of the Polo. This, along with a strong body has made The Volkswagen Polo is the safest hatchback at this price range.