UPDATED VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI

Volkswagen Australia has provided information on the updated VW Polo GTI.

The entry-level Polo Life is priced from $25,250, before on-road costs, with a manual
gearbox. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic adds $3000 to that price.

The manual Polo Life is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine producing
70kW and 175Nm. Automatics use the same basic engine but tuned to give 85kW and
200Nm.

New standard features include more sophisticated automatic emergency braking that now
detects cyclists. Previously it only detected vehicles and pedestrians; lane-keep assist that
stops drivers who aren’t paying attention from wandering out of their lane, there are front
and rear parking sensors.

Inside there is an eight-inch central touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto. A wireless device charging pad and an eight-inch digital instrument display
are standard.

The VW Polo Style is priced from $31,250 and has the same 85kW/200Nm engine and
transmission as the Life.

It adds comfort sport seats, a larger digital instrument display, now 10.25-inch. and 16-inch
alloy wheels. The Style has radar cruise control, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic
alert.

The Polo GTI is priced from $38,750. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
engine with 147kW and 320Nm. Inside are a sports steering wheel, the seats are covered
in lairy looking tartan cloth.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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