Size certainly doesn’t matter when it comes to little hot hatches. The new Volkswagen Polo GTI is now using a tiny 1.4-litre engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch DSG transmission but it’s faster and almost 25 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

They 1.4-litre engine makes use of both turbo and supercharging technology to deliver 132kW whilst using just t 6.1 litres per 100km (142g/km CO2 emissions). It weighs just 1189kg and can do the 0-100km/h dash in just 6.9 seconds.

Like the Golf GTI, the Polo GTI sends its power to the front wheels (only available with DSG) and also utilises a electronic transverse differential lock to minimise understeer.

As with all Volkswagen cars, safety is paramount and the new Polo GTI comes with ESP, front, front-side and curtain airbags and much more.

Other notable features include electro-hydraulic power steering, bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights as well as corner marker lights.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Polo GTI if it didn’t get sport seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.

  • snip snip

    Holy craplakistan, Batman. I must have this car! Golf gti performance but on a much smaller budget. Win-win.

  • riceboy

    last time i checked, Polo GTI weren’t going to come with xenons standard…and definitely not on the show car

    • Alborz Fallah

      Not standard, but available.

  • Grammar Nazi

    Please be under $30k…

  • Jimmy

    Unlikely. Considering you don’t get much change from $26000 for the 77tsi comfortline I would be pretty surprised if this was under $30000. Happy to be proven wrong though, VW!

    • ABMPSV

      I think it would be between $32,000 and $35,000

      • nemo

        The 77tsi is listed at 20k plus on roads. Under 30k for sure

  • MK

    Manual please!

    • Nath746

      I agree – bring a manual version over here and i would buy it. the dsg may be faster and more fuel efficient, but it is boring. manual adds the fun factor that you just can’t get in an automatic version.

  • Frenchie

    That drap is almost as impressive as the car.

    Great car!

  • NotTheStig

    Great car but really – do we need 9 photos of the car under the sheet ?

    21 pics and none of the engine, interior or even inside the boot ?

    Have you got your kids going around taking photos ?

  • filippo

    Let’s not kid ourselves; DSG is an automatic gearbox, which hesitates and second-guesses you like any auto does (at least my brother’s Golf GTi DSG does).

    VW, if you believe in this gearbox so much then why don’t you scrap all of your manuals?

    • crownleyian

      DSG is much better than the standard Autos.

      But I don’t understand why people buy Auto’s, I really don’t!

      Do people understand how much safer it is to drive a manual?

      • Nath746

        I agree. Manuals are so much safer than autos, you can still stop if your brakes don’t work for example

  • LukasUtopia

    I’ve read reviews on Car, Evo and Auto Express. Many say it’s good in many areas, but not quite as interactive as a Clio 200/Cup, Mini Cooper or Swift Sport. But if it’s at least $5,000 less than it’s competitors (except for the Swift Sport or course) then it’s also great value. I would consider this, but I want manual, so I’m looking closely at the Clio or Swift Sport.

  • nemo

    I picked up the info sheet at AIMS and there will be 5 options available:

    Audio pack – touch screen, 6CD, SD slot, 8 speakers, MDI
    Comfort pack – Climate control, rain sensing wipers, auto dim mirror