The new 2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI is here. With a more modern and aggressive exterior image, the sixth generation of the sports utility is catching up to continue to be one of the benchmarks in the segment. It maintains the two-liter TSI block but increases its power to 207 hp.
A quick glance is enough to discover that the new Volkswagen Polo GTI is becoming more and more like its older brother, the Golf GTI . The Wolfsburg firm updates its utility to continue competing with models such as the Hyundai i20N , the Ford Fiesta ST or the Suzuki Swift Sport . The main changes presented by this evolution of the German model focus on the aesthetic , engine and technological equipment section .
Compared to the conventional version, the new Volkswagen Polo GTI has a 15 mm lower body . Thus, the measurements of the utility vehicle are as follows: 4.07 meters long , 1.75 meters wide and 1.43 meters high . In the aesthetic section we find a redesigned front that receives a specific bumper with a grill with a honeycomb pattern . It maintains the characteristic red backlit stripe that runs horizontally across the front and joins the front headlights. The latter come to equip the brand’s Matrix LED IQ.LIGHT technology as standard .
To discover one of the most striking changes that this new Polo GTI presents we have to look at the back of the car. The LED taillights are brand new and include animated brake light and dynamic turn signals . For its part, the rear bumper includes a specific diffuser that has a thin molding painted in the same color as the bodywork. The design of the boot concludes with a double chrome exhaust outlet and the insertion of the initials GTI on the boot lid.
Volkswagen offers its customers a palette consisting of five colors (Deep Black Pearl Effect, Rauchgrau Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Uni and Reef Blue metallic), 17 and 18-inch wheels , and a black roof (Roof Pack) optional.
Inside, the sport utility vehicle is now equipped as standard with the “Digital Cockpit Pro” with a 10.25-inch screen and the infotainment system , which is managed through a touch screen that can be 8 or 9.2 inches. . Black and red dominate most of the surfaces of the cabin. In front of the driving position we find a multifunction steering wheel covered in leather with red stitching and the GTI designation in its lower part. The interior equipment is completed with a specific knob for the gear lever, an aluminum pedal board and sports seats. that show off the typical tartan upholstery of the models of the saga.
At a mechanical level, Volkswagen maintains the 2.0 TSI block, increasing its performance to 207 hp and 320 Nm of maximum torque . In this way, the car gains 7 CV compared to the previous version. Exclusively, the block is associated with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that sends all the power to the front axle. Thanks to this configuration, the Polo GTI is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds (two tenths faster than its predecessor) and reaches a top speed of 240 km / h .
In turn, the new Volkswagen Polo GTI is fitted with a “Sport Select” sports suspension that allows the driver to adjust the damping stiffness on two different levels. This system includes, among other things, a larger anti-roll bar on the front axle, stiffer tie rods at the front and stiffer axle guide bearings at the rear, in addition to the switchable dampers. In addition, the steering, engine characteristics and electronic gearbox management are adjusted based on the selected driving profile (Eco, Individual, Normal and Sport).
Continuing with the technical section, the German sports utility includes the XDS differential lock that optimizes the level of traction of the wheels. This technology acts on the braking pressure of the inner front wheel when cornering and thus prevents it from turning and causing the vehicle to lose control in extreme situations.
Volkswagen will open the order book at the end of summer . Over the next few weeks we will be able to see the official list of prices and equipment.