Volkswagen Polo GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Polo GTI
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

There are two versions to choose from: the regular GTI and GTI+. The latter carries a fairly hefty premium, but you get plenty of extra luxuries, including automatic LED headlights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control and digital instrument dials.

Mind you, the regular Polo GTI is hardly spartan, 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 you how they affect ride comfort, so as it stands, the only options we’d recommend considering are the Winter Pack (heated seats), climate control and, if you’re nervous about parking, the rear-view camera.

Overview

A fine, comfortable all-rounder, but rival hot hatches will put much more of a smile on your face.

  • Very comfortable by hot hatch standards
  • Great driving position
  • Better infotainment system than rivals’
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  • Fiesta ST is more agile and fun
  • Pricey to buy
  • Hesitant DSG automatic gearbox
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New car deals
Save up to £1,128
Target Price from £26,677
Save up to £1,128
or from £295pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £28,995
Leasing deals
From £326pm