2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
  • Impressive performance and dynamics; boosted cabin quality and technology; new engine’s a gooden; adjustable suspension is fairly brilliant; return to a manual gearbox as standard a win for enthusiasts
  • Standard suspension too firm and busy on anything but smooth tarmac; sound actuator won’t please everyone; cabin let down by minor details; road noise prominent at speed; final specification and equipment could prove vital for success

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8.5 / 10

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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

Having owned a second-generation 9N Mk4-based Polo GTI since 2006, the chance to trial the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI at its international launch in Spain was an offer far too good to refuse… I love my Volkswagen Polo GTI...

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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...


City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio
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City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio

In the past few months, fresh technology once the reserve of expensive premium cars has made a final cascade to one of the most affordable classes – light hatchbacks. The ‘cascade effect’ is nothing new in the automotive industry, where advanced equipment starts only in the priciest cars and eventually filters down into cheaper models as years go by...


Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo : Comparison review
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Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo : Comparison review

Not so long ago, buying a little car meant making big compromises. While some contenders had their strong suits, none could claim the all-round ability of those in the next class up despite costing just a few thousand dollars less. But before you head out and buy a Corolla, know this: the city car class of 2014 is growing up fast...


Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo comparison review
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Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo comparison review

Tegan and Tim put the new Honda Jazz and the updated Volkswagen Polo head to head in a battle of two of our favourite city cars.


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...


2015 Volkswagen Polo Review
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2015 Volkswagen Polo Review

It may not look dramatically different, but the 2015 Volkswagen Polo has received a number of important changes.   Perhaps the most crucial one is that the updated version is now cheaper than ever, with the base model 66TSI manual kicking off from just $16,290 (or $15,990 driveaway, for a limited time)...

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$16,290 to $20,790

2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices
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2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Polo has arrived in Australia, bringing lower pricing, revised styling, and new engines. The facelifted Volkswagen Polo will go on sale this weekend with pricing kicking off from just $15,990 driveaway for the entry-level 66TSI Trendline manual model, putting it close to sharply priced Japanese rivals such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and runout Mazda 2...


2014 Volkswagen Polo diesel driven overseas but dropped from local range
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2014 Volkswagen Polo diesel driven overseas but dropped from local range

The updated Volkswagen Polo will launch in Australia in September without a diesel engine due to low demand for the outgoing oiler and efficiency improvements for the petrol engine. Volkswagen Australia confirmed its switch to a petrol-only line-up for the facelifted Polo at the city car’s international launch in Munich, Germany, this week...


2014 Volkswagen Polo Review
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2014 Volkswagen Polo Review

It’s never good news for rivals when the best car in its class gets an update. In the city car segment, it’s the Volkswagen Polo that has led the way since the fifth-generation model launched in Australia in 2010 thanks to its winning combination of benchmark powertrains and dynamics and interior refinement...

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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...


2014 Volkswagen Polo – The Quick Guide
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2014 Volkswagen Polo – The Quick Guide

The mid-life update of the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo promises to make a very good thing even better. New engines, new infotainment systems and new technology headline the upgrades to the compact hatchback that CarAdvice has rated the best city car in the country since its introduction in 2010...


Volkswagen Polo : BlueMotion, BlueGT, CrossPolo variants revealed
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Volkswagen Polo : BlueMotion, BlueGT, CrossPolo variants revealed

The expanded Volkswagen Polo range includes two new BlueMotion variants that claim to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol and diesel five-seaters in the world. Volkswagen claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km for the new petrol-powered Polo TSI BlueMotion and just 3...


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...


Volkswagen Polo facelift revealed : three-cylinder engines join new looks, technology
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Volkswagen Polo facelift revealed : three-cylinder engines join new looks, technology

The updated Volkswagen Polo will feature revised styling, new technology and a range of new three-cylinder engines when it goes on sale internationally in April and in Australia in the second half of 2014. Taking inspiration from the all-new Golf Mk7, the refreshed Volkswagen Polo scores a new grille and a redesigned, chrome-lined lower intake...


Volkswagen Polo Review
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When the current-generation Volkswagen Polo launched in Australia in mid 2010, it introduced levels of powertrain refinement, dynamic ability and interior sophistication never before seen in the city-car class. In the three and a half years since, however, the vehicle voted the 2010 World Car of the Year has essentially treaded water, unchanged besides some minor pricing and specification tweaks introduced at the start of 2012...

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2014 Volkswagen Polo GTI Video Review
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2014 Volkswagen Polo GTI Video Review

A look at the new Volkswagen Polo hot hatch variant.


Hot hatch comparison: Ford Fiesta ST v Peugeot 208 GTi v Volkswagen Polo GTI

Hot hatch comparison: Ford Fiesta ST v Peugeot 208 GTi v Volkswagen Polo GTI

This time last year driving enthusiasts with less than $30,000 to spend on a new hot-hatch had a single option: the Volkswagen Polo GTI. Okay, technically they could also pick its near-twin, the Skoda Fabia RS, but the sales charts show they didn’t. Meanwhile the Suzuki Swift Sport simply isn’t high enough on the Peri-Peri heat scale to compete...


Light car comparison: Renault Clio v Ford Fiesta v Kia Rio v Volkswagen Polo

Light car comparison: Renault Clio v Ford Fiesta v Kia Rio v Volkswagen Polo

Light hatchbacks have never been this polished. The Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta all make a convincing case for spending $19,990-plus on a high-grade light hatch, rather than a base model larger hatch. The catalyst for this comparison test is the re-introduction of the regular Renault Clio models, in new fourth-generation form...

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2014 Volkswagen Polo: spy shots reveal subtle facelift
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2014 Volkswagen Polo: spy shots reveal subtle facelift

The 2014 Volkswagen Polo has been spied completely undisguised undergoing testing in Europe. The images, captured by CarAdvice's spy photographers, reveal a subtle facelift for the Volkswagen city car, with the only visible changes being a redesign of the front bumper and its intake fascia...


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)...


2013 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
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2013 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

You could blame the 2010 launch of the Volkswagen Polo GTI for the ongoing shift away from manual-transmission-equipped hot hatches to dual-clutch automatics. There’s a case to argue that it’s all going the wrong way – that properly cooked hot hatches such as the Polo GTI should be sold with a manual and a third pedal, to increase the interaction between car and driver...

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC set for Monte Carlo rally debut
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Volkswagen Polo R WRC set for Monte Carlo rally debut

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC car will make its World Rally Championship (WRC) debut at round one of the 2013 season in France at the Rallye Monte-Carlo marking the German brand's first ever foray into the FIA series...


Volkswagen Polo R WRC road car confirmed for production
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Volkswagen Polo R WRC road car confirmed for production

The long-awaited Volkswagen Polo R WRC road car has been unveiled in production form in Monte Carlo, but the news is all bad for Australian fans of the rally-inspired pocket rocket. Limited to 2500 units worldwide, the hottest Volkswagen Polo production car in history will be produced in left-hand-drive only to satisfy homologation regulations for Volkswagen's entry into the 2013 World Rally Championship season, putting it off the table for Volkswagen Australia...


Volkswagen Polo production starts at new Chinese plant
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Volkswagen Polo production starts at new Chinese plant

Volkswagen Group has celebrated the completion of construction of its new Yizheng plant in China with the production of its first vehicle. The Yizheng plant in Eastern China, designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, will be Shanghai Volkswagen’s second plant to produce the Volkswagen Polo in China...


Volkswagen Polo Video Review
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Volkswagen Polo Video Review

the Volkswagen Polo now has the refinement and class of its bigger brother.


Volkswagen Polo R: 'extremely sporty' model coming 2013
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Volkswagen Polo R: 'extremely sporty' model coming 2013

The Volkswagen Polo R could be back on the table after the German manufacturer confirmed it would launch an "extremely sporty" variant of its light car before the end of next year. The revelation follows the unveiling of the Volkswagen Polo WRC Street concept, which VW says gives us our first preview of what to expect from the flagship hot-hatch that is due in about 18 months’ time...


Volkswagen planning SUVs based on Up!, Polo: report
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Volkswagen planning SUVs based on Up!, Polo: report

Volkswagen is reportedly planning to launch two city-sized SUVs to sit below the Tiguan to take advantage of the growing global demand for compact crossovers. German business paper Handelsblatt reports a micro-SUV based on the new Up! and a sub-compact SUV sharing the underpinnings of the Polo light car are “certain” to reach production, according to unnamed Volkswagen sources...


New Volkswagen Polo likely before 2015
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New Volkswagen Polo likely before 2015

The next-generation Volkswagen Polo could arrive in showrooms before 2015 according to German auto magazine AutoZeitung. The new Polo will be built on Volkswagen's all-new 'MQB' platform, which serves as the basis for the next generation of smaller vehicles from the Volkswagen Group...


VW Polo R: WRC car for the road hits the skids
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VW Polo R: WRC car for the road hits the skids

The Volkswagen Polo R, a model that was due to become the German car maker's road-going version of its 2013 World Rally Championship contender, looks to have exited stage left. VW’s Polo R was expected to become a twin to the Audi A1 quattro, which has gone on sale in Europe albeit in limited numbers (333) and left-hand drive only...