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2015-04-17 12:43

NEXT GTI-BADGED POLO: Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI has arrived in South Africa sporting improved power, new transmission and style tweaks. Image: Volkswagen

  • 1.4 TSI replaced with 1.8 litre TSI
  • Manual six-speed or DSG
  • 0–100km/h in 6.7 seconds
  • New ‘Parabolicca’ 17” alloy rims

Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI has arrived in South Africa sporting design tweaks, a new engine and technology. At launch, the new petrol engine will be mated to a seven-speed DSG with a manual transmission arriving later in 2015.

The new GTI can now be fitted with the automaker’s sport select suspension in conjunction with the new sport performance kit.

The new 1.8 TSI GTI (auto) is priced at R326 400.


It’s new four-cylinder 141kW 1.8-litre TSI replaces the previous 1.4 TSI (132kW), an improvement of 9kW. The 1.8 petrol can be mated to either a six-speed manual (set to arrive in the second half of 2015) or seven-speed DSG.

According to VW: “The DSG delivers maximum torque of 250Nm from 1250prm to 5300rpm whereas figures for the manual version are 320Nm (1450rpm to 4200rpm). However, the differences in torque have no effect on the vehicle's performance figures (top speed and acceleration from 0–100 km/h).”

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Fuel consumption is rated at 6.0 litres/100km with emissions of 139 g/km for the six-speed manual and 5.6 litres/100km, 129g/km for the DSG. The new Polo GTI accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.7 and on to a top speed of 236 km/h.

Its sports suspension has been re-tuned with a McPherson-type front axle and a torsion beam at the rear. The GTI is 10mm lower at the front and 15mm lower at the rear compared to standard Polos.

It has 17” alloy rims with 215/40 tyres. Handling is further refined with the addition of a new steering system. In terms of safety it’s equipped with electronic stability control, auto post-collision braking system, anti-lock braking system, hill assist, engine drag torque control, electronic differential lock, tyre pressure monitor and VW’s driver alert system.


For the first time, VW offers electronically adjustable dampers for its Polo GTI through its optional sport select suspension, only available in conjunction with the sport performance kit.

The sport performance sit stiffens steering, tweaks accelerator pedal response and boosts engine noise through a sound actuator.


It has traditional GTI elements (red stripes, GTI badging, spoiler) as well as several design tweaks such new  bumpers, new honeycomb grille and vents, chromed exhausts and optional LEDs. It measures 3.9m long, 1.6m wide and 1.4m tall.

The new Polo GTI  has, VW says, "mixed" GTI insignias,  new instrument cluster and redesigned layout of its controls. The control panel has been expanded from seven to nine buttons and the cabin benefits from chromed accents on the doors and gear shift. It has a leather sports steering wheel borrowed from the Golf GTI, and red stitching on the gear lever and handbrake. The floor mats have red beading.

The driver and front passenger sport seats are leather and are heatable.


The Polo GTI is equipped with footwell lighting, VW’s multifunction display 'plus’ and the automaker’s 'composition media’ CD/Radio infotainment system with a 14.7cm colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity as well as SD-card input.

VW’s optional MirrorLink makes it possible to display and control the contents and functions shown on compatible Android smart phones via the vehicle’s touchscreen. To avoid distracting the driver, only specially configured apps are accessible while driving.

A smart phone can be connected wirelessly and can charged via a USB connector.
Optional kits includes LED, sunroof, park distance control (front and rear), climatronic aircon and reversing camera.
The new Polo GTI is sold with a three-year or 45 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15 000km.

Click here for new Polo GTI specifications

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