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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback Review

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Volkswagen Polo GTI
15 Jun 2018 8:24 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 8:55

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The GTI badge may be most synonymous with sporty Volkswagen Golfs, but hot Polos have worn these famous three letters for more than two decades.

And the latest Polo GTI is the most overtly sporty yet, thanks in part to its miniature Golf GTI styling. It has a raft of bespoke decor, including a red strip across its nose, a subtle but reassuringly athletic bodykit and eye-catching tartan seats. If the car’s character can follow suit and offer hot Golf performance and usability in a smaller, more affordable package, the Polo GTI will be off to a very good start indeed.

Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you how the Polo GTI stacks up against its key hot hatch rivals, the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi, in all the key areas and we’ll also walk you through the options you should consider if you decide to buy.

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There are 7 trims available for the Polo Hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
R Line
R-line trim adds bigger alloy wheels and a sportier bodykit. Unless you love the looks, we’d stick with SE...View trim
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£16,860
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GTI
The regular Polo GTI is decently equipped, with air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels all standard. We haven’t sampled the optional 18in wheels to be able to tell y...View trim
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£19,918
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S
Air conditioning, electric front windows, an 8.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system and automatic emergency braking will feature on every Polo...View trim
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GTI+
The GTI+ carries a fairly hefty premium over the regular GTI, but you get plenty of extra luxuries, including automatic LED headlights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise con...View trim
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SEL
SEL adds features such as leather surfaces inside, ambient lighting and equipment such as parking sensors. However, we believe the best value is with SE...View trim
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£17,183
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Beats
As with its other models, Volkswagen offers a special-edition Polo that gets a bespoke appearance and an upgraded Beats audio system. However, for us, SE remains the pick of the range...View trim
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OUR PICK
SE
Mid-range SE adds 15in alloys, electric rear windows and a leather steering wheel, as well as superior infotainment. This is our pick...View trim
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