Volkswagen Polo GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Even in Volkswagen’s own line-up, there are bigger hot hatches (Golf GTI) and smaller ones (Up GTI). However, compared with similar-priced rivals, namely the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi, the Polo GTI impresses on the passenger space front.

Anyone sitting in the back will find similar knee room to the Fiesta, but there's more head room and a wider rear bench – something that will be particularly useful if you plan to carry up to three tall teenagers or adults in the rear. You also get rear doors as standard to help with access, whereas some of the competition, including the 208 GTi, are three-door only.