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2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave hits Sandown Raceway in the updated 2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI - arguably the most 'GTI' of all Volkswagens, since the 1976 original...

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2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
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2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

Does the 2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI stack up to the original hot-hatch recipe of dynamic ability, everyday practicality and affordable pricing?


Volkswagen Driving Experience
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Volkswagen Driving Experience

When tickets to AC/DC's Black Ice tour went on sale, some of the biggest venues in the world sold out in just minutes. Well, so did places in the Volkswagen Driving Experience. Okay, so maybe not quite as fast as the concert tickets that were snaffled up in record time, but the six sessions held in Sydney recently were sold-out in less than 30 minutes...


Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison
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Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison

The arrival of the new 2016 Abarth 595 has dropped the ownership doorway into Italy's famed scorpion shield from mid-$30k down to a basement-level $27,500 list price. Stripping back the frills, while liberally pilfering from the marque's go-fast parts bin, this 'regular 595' is the type of cut-priced sweet spot many buyers having been hankering for...


2016 Suzuki Swift Sport Navigator CVT Review
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2016 Suzuki Swift Sport Navigator CVT Review

The Suzuki Swift Sport Navigator has its work cut out in this golden age of hot hatches. It's an honest and great fun little toiler, but could be cheaper.


Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI : Comparison Review
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Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI : Comparison Review

Rarely has Volkswagen’s iconic GTI badge been so humbled as it was in November 2013 when we last put the go-fast Polo in the ring with the Ford Fiesta ST. The big-name fighter with all the pomp and pedigree was made to look overpriced, under-equipped and lacking fun factor compared with the featherweight upstart that so resoundingly reminded us that simplicity and greatness are not mutually exclusive...


Volkswagen Polo GTI upgraded with adjustable suspension, Sport mode - UPDATE
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Volkswagen Polo GTI upgraded with adjustable suspension, Sport mode - UPDATE

The standard features list on the 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has been given a significant boost this week as part of an MY16 update, just shy of three months on from the local launch of the newly updated model. Just as market demand moved the company to reintroduce a manual transmission into the Volkswagen Polo GTI as part of April's mid-life facelift, those prayers have been answered once again...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

You asked for it and they delivered: the Volkswagen Polo GTI manual is back! Five years after switching from offering its pocket rocket exclusively with a manual gearbox to selling it solely with a dual-clutch automatic (DSG), Volkswagen has released the facelifted Polo GTI with the choice of transmissions as it attempts to satisfy every potential buyer...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has landed in Australia with its long-awaited manual transmission alternative from $27,490 plus on-road costs. The six-speed manual’s price makes it the cheapest current-generation Polo GTI ever offered in Australia, undercutting even the discontinued three-door variant, and makes it just $500 more than the previous-generation Polo GTI manual that was last sold here in 2010...


2015 Volkswagen New Cars
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2015 Volkswagen New Cars

Details of the new and updated Volkswagen models launching in Australia in 2015.   Volkswagen Jetta – January An updated version of the slow-selling Volkswagen Jetta mid-size sedan will arrive early in the year, likely bringing with it a new price tag and revised equipment...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

Dave heads to Spain to drive the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI on road and on track...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz

The new Volkswagen Polo GTI will launch locally in 2015, but its keynote adjustable suspension will not be made available, at least initially. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice ahead of our first drive of the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI this week, Volkswagen Group Australia general manager of communications Karl Gehling said the local division is not planning on offering the adjustable 'Sport Select' suspension come the model's second-quarter Australian launch...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has been revealed, with the German hot-hatch adopting a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the availability of a six-speed manual gearbox.. The new engine - which is borrowed from the EA888 powerplants developed by Audi - replaces the 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder unit...


Volkswagen Polo GTI manual confirmed
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Volkswagen Polo GTI manual confirmed

Senior company executives have confirmed the Volkswagen Polo GTI will once again be offered with a manual transmission option when the updated hot-hatch is released later in 2014. Rumoured earlier this year, a Volkswagen product communications executive spoke openly about the return of the manual GTI with Australian media at this week’s launch of the facelifted Polo range in Munich, Germany...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: will come with a manual transmission
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: will come with a manual transmission

The updated Volkswagen Polo GTI will finally see the addition of a manual transmission, according to a report from UK publication Autocar. The current-generation Polo GTI, which went on sale in Australia in November 2010, has only ever been offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission...


Sports hatch track test: Ford Fiesta Metal v Suzuki Swift Sport v Volkswagen Polo GTI
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Sports hatch track test: Ford Fiesta Metal v Suzuki Swift Sport v Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Ford Fiesta Metal, Suzuki Swift Sport and Volkswagen Polo GTI are entry-level hot hatchbacks. They're a classic recipe of the automotive world, as simple and delicious as san choy bow. Take one small and light hatchback (the lettuce part, as it were) and stuff a big four-cylinder engine under the bonnet (that'll be the pork – yum)...


Skoda Fabia RS Review
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Skoda Fabia RS Review

The Skoda Fabia RS has the same problem as Danni Minogue; it's over-shadowed by a stunning sibling. Skoda Australia's launch for the sporty version of its city car included presentation slides featuring the hot-hatch's competitors. These included the Suzuki Swift Sport and the Mini Cooper S. But Skoda made no mention of the small but significant elephant in the room – the Volkswagen Polo GTI...


Skoda Fabia RS: $27,990 hot-hatch released
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Skoda Fabia RS: $27,990 hot-hatch released

The Skoda Fabia RS hot-hatch has been released in both hatch and wagon styles, sparking a chain reaction that sees the Fabia line-up now expanded to eight variants, with all models now available with the brand's seven-speed DSG gearbox. Included in the line-up expansion is the wagon variant of the Skoda Fabia 77TSI, available for the very first time...


Seat releases Spanish racers
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Seat releases Spanish racers

Seat has released the Ibiza SC Trophy and Leon Super Copa, two racing cars based on the Seat Ibiza and Seat Leon passenger cars. The two cars from Volkswagen Group's Spanish brand will join the Skoda Citigo Rally concept car at this week’s Worthersee show - the largest Volkswagen car show in Europe...


Audi A1 vs Volkswagen Polo GTI: light car comparison
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Audi A1 vs Volkswagen Polo GTI: light car comparison

Audi A1 Attraction vs Volkswagen Polo GTI Model Overview Audi A1 Attraction three-door six-speed manual – $29,900 Volkswagen Polo GTI five-door seven-speed DSG – $28,990 Most people with their hearts set on purchasing the newest and smallest Audi to hit our shores – the Audi A1 – have probably given little consideration to the standard Volkswagen Polo range...