2018 Volkswagen Polo
2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI. Photo: Supplied

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Alex Rae | Mar, 20 2018 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed availability and pricing of its new Polo GTI that sees the largest and most powerful engine put into the little five-door yet.

Adding 200cc capacity over the out-going hot hatch is a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 147kW of power and 320Nm of torque - an increase of 7kW and 70Nm over the previous model.

Hitting showrooms in August and adding spice to the less powerful Trendline, Comfortline and Launch Edition models available now, the Polo GTI sends it power to the front-wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and tricky electronic differential lock.

No manual transmission is on the cards yet but the local arm’s general manager of corporate communications, Paul Pottinger told Drive it hadn’t been ruled out and referenced the late arrival of a stick shift in the previous generation hot hatch.

Standard equipment on the upcoming GTI includes 17-inch ‘Milton Keynes’ alloy wheels, adaptive sports suspension, tartan fabric trim, leather sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, multifunction display in the driver’s instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, fog lights, rain sensing wipers and keyless entry with push-start ignition.

A $3900 cost-option luxury pack adds art velour microfleece trim, heated front seats, LED headlights with DRLs, 18-inch alloys, panoramic sunroof and tinted windows.

Infotainment is via an 8.0-inch display sitting flush in the centre of the dash with app-connect that adds Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity via two USB ports.

The standard 6-speaker system can be upgraded with a $1900 sound and vision pack that adds satellite navigation, media control and 300w Beats sound system.

Like all new Polo models, standard safety includes AEB with pedestrian monitoring and rear view camera that can be expanded upon with the $1400 driver assistance pack which includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and automatic parking assistant.

VW Australia managing director Michael Bartsch followed recent form in comparing its offerings with new rivals, such as the Hyundai i30N that goes on sale this month, in saying the Polo hot hatch has more to offer.

“The verities that distinguish the Golf GTI and Golf R segue into this, the most potent Polo to date," he said.

“Volkswagen balances the highest levels of engineering and technology with luxury, a feat that others cannot emulate in affordable compact cars.  

“The Polo 6 GTI is yet another of our hot hatches to embody the Volkswagen formula of doing everything well.”

The Polo GTI will be available from August and is priced from $30,990 (plus on-road costs).

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