Volkswagen Polo GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

VW Polo GTI 2022 front cornering
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior infotainment
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 rear cornering
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front left tracking
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front left static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 left static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 rear static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 boot badge
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 side badge
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior front seats
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior steering wheel
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior driver display
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior gearstick
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 boot open
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 interior infotainment
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 rear cornering
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front left tracking
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 front left static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 left static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 rear static
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 boot badge
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 side badge
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior front seats
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior steering wheel
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior driver display
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior gearstick
  • VW Polo GTI 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Volkswagen Polo GTI has been a bit overshadowed by its bigger, thrustier Golf GTI sibling, so you might not have noticed that VW's small car has been available as a hot hatch for a couple of decades.

Perhaps in an attempt to fix that, Volkswagen has made this current Polo GTI the most overtly sporty yet. That means you get lots of bespoke decor, including a red strip across its nose, a subtle but athletic bodykit and eye-catching tartan seats.

Over the next few pages, we’re going to answer that very question, putting it through its paces against the best hot hatch rivals. We'll tell you how it stands up in terms of performance, interior quality, running costs and more, to help you decide whether or not you should buy one. 

As always, if you do plan to get a Polo GTI – or any other model of car – make sure you find it for the lowest price without any haggling by searching our free What Car? New Car Deals pages. It's a good place to find lots of the best new hot hatch deals.

FAQs

  • The Polo GTI will get from 0-62mph in 6.5sec, and the top speed is 149mph. Read more here

  • Yes – the Polo GTI uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to produce 204bhp. Read more here

  • No. The Polo GTI sends all its power to the front wheels, with the help of an electronic limited-slip differential to maximise traction. Read more here

  • No. The Polo GTI is still on sale in the UK. Read more here

  • The Polo GTI is the smaller stablemate of the Golf GTI. Both are five-door hot hatchbacks powered by 2.0-litre turbocharged engines. Read all our Volkswagen reviews here

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,157
Target Price from £27,383
Save up to £1,157
or from £336pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £17,495
Leasing deals
From £378pm
RRP price range £28,540 - £28,540
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 41.5 - 41.5
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,079 / £1,897
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,157 / £3,794
Available colours