2019 VW Polo GTi Review; Engine, Price, Release Date, Specs
The new 2019 VW Polo GTi is even more powerful and gritty: so many new features. Price, data sheet and details of the new car.
The new Volkswagen Polo GTi has been unveiled at the same time with its traditional version, the quieter one. With each new generation of a Volkswagen, we can say that we are faced with a real certainty: the designers of the house in Wolfsburg, in fact, by tradition never overturn the forms of their cars, but on the contrary, they refine and they modernize from generation to generation. This translates into a strong recognition of each Volkswagen car, an element that appeals to many customers loyal to the German brand. The 2019 VW Polo GTi, of course, is no exception and shows itself with an “unmistakably Polo” design and with all the stylistic additions one expects from the GTi sports version.
2019 VW Polo GTi Changes; Whats The New?
But let’s proceed with order: thanks to the new Volkswagen MQB A0, the external proportions are all different from before: it is longer (+8 cm on normal versions), wider (+7 cm), but at the same time is lower 7 mm and has a more generous step of 9.4 cm. With these premises, we easily understand how it is very well “placed”.
The GTi version, then, adds specific bumpers: the front one has a large air intake with a honeycomb weave that extends across the width of the car; the back one shaped at the bottom to remember a diffuser. The horizontal front panel is fitted with the distinctive red border, a trademark of the GTi, which extends into optical groups. On the sides, you can appreciate the large alloy wheels, available with different designs (17 or 18 inches), and the wide spoiler on the rear window. Finally, the red brake calipers should be noted.
2019 Volkswagen Polo GTi Specs and Equipment
Another element of important innovation we find under the hood. The old 1.8 TSI turbo of the previous generation gives way to the 2.0-liter TSI turbo petrol. This is the same engine as the Golf GTi, but with a slightly lower power: we are talking about 200 horses, more than enough to give important performances to the small German and that still scores a +8 horses compared to the previous generation. Everything is clearly discharged on the front axle, cavalry and the torque of 320 Nm that persists up to 4,350 rpm. As always, there is the possibility of choosing between a six-speed manual transmission and the seven-speed DSG automatic clutch. The difference between the two is partly in performance and partly in consumption: with the DSG, it shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reaches 237 km / h top speed, then recording an average consumption of 5.9 liters per 100 km in the combined cycle.
Like any respectable sports model, the 2019 VW Polo has a 15 mm lowered sports suspension. On the front, there is a suspension with an integrated spring-shock absorber (gas) strut and lower triangular transversal arms, with steering axis correction, while on the rear there is a semi-independent deformable axle system with integrated stabilizer bar. However, there is the possibility, optionally, to mount the Sport Select trim, through which the driver can not only adjust the damping of the shock absorber in Normal or Sports configuration but can count on a larger diameter front stabilizer bar.
In terms of equipment, we have already mentioned the aesthetic ones. Inside, however, we find the steering wheel, pedal and gear knob, and sports, the latter in the shape of a golf ball. The seats also have the most pronounced side panels compared to the normal versions and the typical Scottish lining.
Speaking of genuine options, we find the latest generation infotainment system, the possibility of having the full LED headlights and a wide selection of active safety devices. The 2019 VW Polo Rear Traffic Alert is unmissable, as is the blind angle monitoring of the mirrors, the recognition of driver fatigue, multiple collision avoidances, and adaptive cruise control. It is also interesting to note the presence of the Front Assist with emergency braking and the City system, an evolution that also allows monitoring below 30 km/h.