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So what do we have here?

Well, this isn’t an all-new car. The Polo GTI in Mk5 form has been with us since 2011, but given how much Volkswagen have changed on this, the facelift version, it may as well be all-new.

Gone is the 1.4TSI engine that was both supercharged and turbocharged, we now have a much more grown up 1.8TSI motor with 192PS, 12 more than the old car had. It serves up 236lb- ft of toque too, a huge gain on the 180lb ft the old engine offered. Gone too is the DSG gearbox, yes you can still spec it, but a six-speed manual now comes as standard.

So the big question then, does this new Polo live up to its name, is it a proper GTI?

 

 

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Great write-up Jon!

 

Looking forward to picking mine* up in a few days time. It's a DSG 5dr in red

 

*Er.. I mean Mrs R Soul's..  

 

It's due to arrive at the docks in Grimbsy tomorrow  :cheesy:

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It's kind of a mini-Golf R.

 

Godawful seats, though. Look like the packaging on them packets of granny shortbread biccies you get on holiday in Scotland, lol.

Agreed! That's why we spec'd the optional alcantara seats. In the 1.4 version Mrs R Soul has until the new one arrives, even alcantara wasn't an option so we had the interior (including door linings) re-trimmed in leather

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