2015 Volkswagen Polo | Top Speed

2015 Volkswagen Polo | Top Speed

2022 volkswagen polo gti @ top speed

From Polo GT to Polo GTI. The up! is now available as a GTI for the first time. It feels like the Golf has always been available as a GTI. It all began in 1976. Now the seventh generation of the Golf GTI is on the starting blocks, but the Polo has also been impressive as a Gran Turismo for decades. Initially without fuel injection, the history of the sporty Polo began in 1980 with the first GT. The Polo GT G40 was already endowed with the dynamism of a GTI in 1987, with a top speed of 200 km/h. Then 1998 saw the launch of the first Polo GTI with 120 PS. In 2022, its power was boosted to 180 PS, and in 2022 it was upped to 192 PS. In 2022, the new Polo GTI now breaks the symbolic 200 PS barrier. To accompany the engine’s high performance are the standard sport suspension and the optional Sport Select suspension. Thanks to changing over to the modular transverse matrix (MQB) and increased length, wheelbase and width, the new Polo GTI is significantly more spacious. The five-seat car is also equipped with a 305 to 1,079 litre boot – the previous model had a boot capacity of 204 to 952 litres – so that the new Polo GTI is well-prepared for long journeys and challenging transport tasks.

GTI front styling. Front end features include an independent bumper with integrated spoiler lip and fog lights as standard. There is, too, one of the classic insignia GTI at the front: the red stripe in the radiator grille. An exclusive feature in the GTI is optional LED headlights with a red winglet; stylistically these are extensions of the red stripe of the radiator grille. Naturally, its other insignia include the GTI logo as well as the air intakes with a honeycomb structure – at the top in the radiator grille and below this in the bumper. At the bottom, the new Polo GTI is also differentiated from the less powerful Polo versions by C-shaped black high-gloss panels in the bumper.

GTI rear section. The Polo GTI can also be identified by typical GTI characteristics at the rear. Black is also a stylistic element here; a trait that has carried over from the first Golf GTI of 1976 to the new era. Black was used in places such as the area around the rear window – a fact that every boy between the ages of 7 and 70 knew in the late 1970s. Today, it is the enlarged, two-piece roof spoiler of the new Polo GTI that is painted in black (high-gloss on top; underside in black matt). Other GTI characteristics at the rear include a high-gloss black diffuser and the chrome dual tailpipes of the exhaust system integrated on the left-hand side. Located in a direct line above the tailpipes is the GTI signature on the boot lid. Another standard feature of the Polo GTI is its LED tail light clusters that provide for a very distinctive light signature at night.

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GTI side profile. GTI insignia on the car’s flanks include the newly designed 17-inch ‘Milton Keynes’ alloy wheels with 215/45 tyres. The inner areas of the high-sheen wheels are offset in black. They are colour coordinated on the sides with the matt black sill extensions of the Polo GTI. As an option, the GTI can be ordered with exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels for the first time (tyres: 215/40). The wheels in ‘Brescia’ design are also high-sheen; their inner area is also painted in high-gloss black. Regardless of which of the two wheel types is installed, the red painted brake calipers of the powerful brake system are always well visible through the aluminium spokes. Located on the front wings at the end of the eye-catching three-dimensional tornado line design feature is the red and chrome coloured GTI badge.

GTI colours. There are car colours, and then there are typical GTI colours. On the Polo GTI, the latter include the body colours Pure White, Flash Red and Deep Black Pearl Effect. In addition, the sportiest Polo can also be ordered in Limestone Grey Metallic or Reef Blue Metallic.

GTI interior. A highlight of every GTI is its customised interior. Black, red, grey and chrome dominate visually here. Everything that is not upgraded with red, grey or chrome is always finished in black (trim colour: Titan Black). Therefore, the roof pillars and rooflining are also black. Red contrast stitching is another typical GTI characteristic of the interior. It is found around the standard leather multifunction sport steering wheel, the gear shift lever trim, the floor mats and the outer seat surfaces. The top sport seats, which are ergonomic for practically any driver stature, feature the legendary ‘Clark’ plaid pattern on their inner surfaces (red, dark grey and light grey stripes, black squares). Black leather upholstery is available as an option. Numerous chrome details also upgrade the interior (including the steering wheel, gear knob, instrument surrounds, tabs of the air vents, climate controls, pedals and many buttons). Also exclusively coordinated for the GTI are the decors of the dash panel, centre console and door trims. The dash panel can be ordered in Deep Iron Glossy or Velvet Red; meanwhile the instruments in the upper dash area are always finished in black.

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GTI instruments – Active Info Display. For the first time the new Polo, including, of course, the new GTI, can be ordered with fully digital instruments. The Polo is the first Volkswagen Group model to offer the latest generation of Active Info Display with a display diagonal of 10.25 inches. The most powerful Polo gets exclusive GTI graphics with a red-white-black design. It is known as ‘Sport’. Meanwhile, the infotainment systems with their 6.5- and 8.0-inch displays feature a unique GTI welcome screen. Instruments and the infotainment system are arranged on a single visual axis in the new Polo GTI, which makes them optimally visible and easy to operate. Digital interfaces for smartphones make it easier to bring their apps and various online services on board. Not only can smartphones be charged by plugging them in, but as an option they may be charged wirelessly (inductively) .

GTI features. Every new Polo has four doors as standard and is equipped with the area monitoring system Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. The Polo GTI also offers numerous other details as standard. Beyond the

GTI-specific design features, these include additional head airbags front and rear, the XDS differential lock, driving profile selection, Composition Colour infotainment system, ambient lighting (white), door sill trims with GTI logo, air conditioning, front fog lights and cornering lights, LED tail light clusters, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, floor mats front and rear, electric windows all around with convenience switching, and multifunction display plus. The Polo GTI can also be equipped with an exceptionally large range of optional convenience and assistance systems. Two other optional equipment highlights are the largest panoramic sunroof in its class and a 300 watt sound system from Beats.

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GTI engine and driving performance. Naturally, at the heart of every GTI, and therefore of the new Polo GTI, there is the engine. In recent times the GTI has always been powered by high torque turbocharged engines. In the case of the new Polo GTI, it is a two-litre direct-injection petrol engine with an output of 147 kW / 200 PS. As previously mentioned, it develops 8 PS more than the 1.8 TSI of the previous model (141 KW / 192 PS). This means that, like the Golf GTI, the new Polo GTI will be represented in the 2.0-litre turbo class for the first time. The 1,984 cc engine has a compression ratio of 11.65:1. The GTI unit delivers its maximum power between 4,400 and 6,000 rpm. This powerplant of the third generation EA888 engine series transmits its maximum torque of 320 Nm to the front wheels at a low 1,500 rpm; this high torque figure stays constant up to a speed of 4,400 rpm – giving the GTI engine a torque curve that is hardly traditional; it features an extremely sporty torque plateau. The Polo GTI is fuelled with premium petrol (95 RON). The new Polo GTI engine launches with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. A version with a 6-speed manual gearbox will follow next year. The Polo GTI with DSG accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Today’s most powerful Polo reaches a top speed of 237 km/h. Despite its power output of 200 PS, the Polo GTI can be driven very economically thanks to its efficient drive technology. The combined fuel consumption of the DSG version is 5.9 l/100 km (equating to 134 g/km CO2).

GTI running gear. The Polo GTI is offered with two different running gear configurations. It is based on a sport suspension; while the ‘Sport Select’ suspension with active dampers is available as an option. Like all Polo models, the GTI is also equipped with electromechanical power steering and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Also on-board is the XDS differential lock, which further refines traction when cornering quickly.

Basic configuration. The 200 PS Polo, which like all GTI cars features front-wheel drive, has coil spring struts and lower wishbones with a track-stabilising scrub radius. The front running gear additionally features an anti-roll bar. The front suspension consists of coil springs with telescopic gas-filled dampers; the elements are integrated in the spring struts. The rear running gear consists of a semi-independent twist-beam suspension with an integrated anti-roll bar. Gas-filled dampers and separate springs provide optimal suspension at the rear.

Sport suspension. The Polo GTI is the only model of the series to be delivered with a sport suspension as standard. The configuration includes special tuning of the springs, auxiliary springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars with the body lowered by 15 mm.

‘Sport Select’ suspension and driving profile selection. The new Polo can also be optionally configured with the ‘Sport Select’ suspension. The driver can vary the characteristic of the active dampers; and one of the two modes – Normal or Sport – can be activated with the driving profile selection that is included as standard in the Polo GTI. The driving profile selection itself offers four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. Driving profile selection enables the driver to make individual adjustments, within a defined scope, that have direct effects on vehicle handling. Along with its effects on the ‘Sport Select’ suspension, the profile that is selected also modifies the steering, engine characteristic and gearbox control. The driving profile selection is also available separately.

Active Info Display and infotainment systems

Instruments and infotainment merge

Digitalisation of the Polo cockpit points the way to the future

New Active Info Display. The new Polo, and thus the Polo GTI too, are launching as the first Volkswagen and first Volkswagen Group models to feature a new generation of the Active Info Display. Volkswagen interface designers have systematically advanced the next generation of the Active Info Display (10.25-inch display diagonal) and have elevated its high-quality graphics (133 dpi / resolution 1,280 x 480 pixels) and functional range to new levels. As a result, the display offers better graphic performance, higher pixel density, greater brightness and contrast, more intense colours and fewer conventional indicator lamps. Using a ‘View button’ on the multifunction steering wheel, the Polo driver can now also switch between three basic layouts, easily and quickly.

A view with two instrument dials, or ‘tubes’: one for the rev counter and one for the speedometer

Digital view without dials

Digital view without dials with supplemental information. Supplemental information can be configured via the infotainment system

In addition, the graphics and colour range of the Active Info Display have been fully adapted to each specific model. Thus, for the new Polo GTI, black, white and red colours and graphic elements dominate.

New cockpit environment. A new, digital and interactive cockpit environment has been created in the interplay of the Active Info Display and the infotainment system. Volkswagen is introducing the latest generation of infotainment systems in the Polo GTI with display sizes ranging from 6.5 to 8.0 inches. Specifically, these are the Composition Colour (6.5-inch

radio-infotainment) that comes as standard in the Polo GTI, Composition Media (8.0-inch radio-infotainment with CD player) and Discover Media

(8.0-inch radio-navigation infotainment with CD player).

Online services. The new Polo GTI brings connectivity to the driver and other vehicle occupants more innovatively and more easily than ever. In the Polo, they are ’always on’, which is to say they are online whenever they wish. Available for this purpose are the Car-Net applications App-Connect (in addition to MirrorLinkÒ / Android, it also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ / Google into the infotainment systems), Media Control and ‘Guide & Inform’ (wide variety of online services).

Convenience and assistance systems

Convenience and assistance systems

Electronically enhanced convenience and safety

Armada of new assistance and convenience systems in the Polo GTI

Blind Spot Monitor. This system can play a role in preventing serious accidents.The Blind Spot Monitor utilises an LED symbol in the outer area of the exterior mirrors to alert the driver to vehicles located in the blind spot alongside the Polo GTI and to vehicles approaching from the rear. As soon as a vehicle is detected, the symbol lights up. If the driver activates the turn indicator in the direction of the detected vehicle the symbol flashes as an additional warning level. Moreover, in this case the system generates a steering pulse that makes it harder to change lanes, thereby reducing the risk of a hazardous lane-changing incident. The system, which is automatically activated from a speed of 30 km/h, uses radar sensors to monitor an area of roughly 20 metres around the vehicle. When the Blind Spot Monitor is ordered, it automatically comes with Rear Traffic Alert, which makes reversing out of parking spaces much safer.

Rear Traffic Alert. Rear Traffic Alert further enhances safety. It is offered in combination with the Blind Spot Monitor. Rear Traffic Alert takes much of the risk out of reversing from driveways and parking spaces that are at right angles to the road. The system not only ‘recognises’ stationary or moving vehicles directly behind the Polo, but also vehicles approaching from the side which are barely visible to the driver. The radar-based sensor module even detects objects at distances of up to 40 metres and recognises objects moving at speeds of 4 km/h or faster. If a collision is imminent, the system produces an audible warning. If the driver or other road user does not take action to avert the danger, or if there is a risk of immediate collision, the Rear Traffic Alert system automatically activates the car’s brakes.

Driver Alert System. If the Driver Alert System detects waning concentration of the driver, it outputs an audible warning for a duration of five seconds and displays a message in the instrument cluster recommending a break from driving. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Around one-quarter of all accidents that result in personal injury involve multiple collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which is included as standard in the new Polo, can help to avoid secondary collisions or reduce their severity. After an initial collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System initiates a braking action – within system limits – even before the driver can react. This can reduce the severity of the accident and ideally prevent secondary collisions.

Proactive occupant protection system. If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation – such as when hard braking is initiated by an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts for the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt systems. If a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. That is because when the windows and roof are nearly closed, the head and side airbags are braced optimally and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness. As this system is offered in the Polo GTI in conjunction with the standard Front Assist area monitoring system, the proactive occupant protection system also detects situations in which the distance to the vehicle ahead is critical, and it helps to shorten the vehicle’s stopping distance. In hazardous situations, the driver is given a visual and an audible warning and is also warned with a preventative braking jolt.

Adaptive cruise control (ACC). The system uses a radar sensor integrated in the front car body and is offered in conjunction with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The driver can specify a target speed within a range of 0 to 210 km/h. ACC automatically adapts the car’s speed to that of the vehicle driving ahead up to the maximum speed setting while maintaining a preselected distance. When the system is combined with DSG, this enables the Polo GTI with ACC to be automatically braked to a standstill behind a stopping vehicle. After stopping, automatic ACC operation can be resumed if the driver re-enables it.

Front Assist area monitoring system. Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car to continually monitor the distance to vehicles ahead. The system assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system, alerting the driver to the need to react by visual and audible warnings and, in a second stage, by a brief warning jolt of the brake pedal. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient brake pressure to avoid a collision. If the driver does not react at all, Front Assist automatically brakes the car to give the driver more reaction time. In addition, the system assists by informing the driver if the distance to the vehicle ahead is too short. The latest version of Front Assist being offered in the Polo GTI not only detects other vehicles, but also pedestrians who are moving across the driving lane. As soon as a pedestrian is at risk, the system warns the driver and in a final stage brakes the Polo within system limits. One component of the Front Assist System is the City Emergency Braking system.

City Emergency Braking. City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist. It monitors the zone in front of the Polo by radar sensor. The system operates at speeds below 30 km/h. If the driver does not react in a situation with an impending collision with a vehicle ahead that is moving or stationary, then the brake system is preconditioned as in Front Assist. If necessary, the City Emergency Braking System then automatically initiates hard braking within system limits to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the pedal force applied by the driver is insufficient, the system intervenes by applying maximum braking force.

Driving Profile Selection. In the driving profile selection, the driver can choose from a total of four programs: Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual. In the Eco driving mode engine management, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are regulated for optimal fuel efficiency. In addition, in vehicles with DSG, a coasting function can be used in Eco mode. If the driver releases the accelerator pedal – on downhill stretches, for example – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the Polo GTI’s kinetic energy. In Sport mode, on the other hand, damping of the active dampers is increased (with the Sport Select suspension), while engine response and DSG shift points are configured to be more dynamic.

Park Assist. Park Assist automatically guides the Polo GTI into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, and it can also reverse out of parallel parking spaces. The system is activated by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If Park Assist finds a sufficiently large parking space (40 cm of manoeuvring room, front and rear, suffices), assisted parking can begin. The driver engages reverse gear and only needs to accelerate and brake (an automatic braking function assists in case of insufficient space). The car handles the steering.

Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator. The Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator utilises the wheel speed sensors of the anti-lock brake system (ABS). In case of tyre pressure loss, the rolling radius of the affected wheel decreases, and the wheel turns faster at the same vehicle speed. This allows the system to detect insufficient air pressure, and it warns the driver. However, the Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator does not relieve the driver of the obligation to check tyre pressures.


The Honda HR-V rides on the same underpinnings as the Honda Fit and has been sold in Japan as the Vezel. Here in the U.S., the HR-V went on sale in May of 2022 as an all-new 2022 model. Despite having the same underpinnings as the Fit, the HR-V is very different.

In current form, the HR-V is offered with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Over in Europe, however, the HR-V is offered with a 1.5-liter that produces 128 horsepower and 114 pound-feet or a 1.6-liter diesel that offers 118 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

At the time of this writing, the HR-V starts out at $19,215 with two-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Pricing increases all the way up to $25,990 for the range-topping EX-L trim level with all-wheel drive, navigation, and a CVT transmission. As you can see, it should be a good competitor for the Polo SUV.

Read our full review on the Honda HR-V here.

The CX-3 is the smallest offering from Mazda in the SUV market. In the U.S., it is offered with a 2.0-liter, SKYACTIV-G, four-cylinder that produces 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. That 2.0-liter comes attached to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and sport modes.

Over in Europe, the CX-3 is available with a SKYACTIV-G, gasoline-powered unit that produces 118 horsepower or a 103-horsepower SKYACTIC-D diesel. When equipped with the gasoline-powered mill, the CX-3 comes with the options of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The diesel-powered CX-3 is offered only with the six-speed manual.

The CX-3 currently starts out at $19,960 for the base Sport trim, climbs to $21,960 for the mid-range Touring trim, and tops out at $24,990 for the range-topping Grand Touring trim. Prices are of course before taxes, options, and delivery, but should remain about the same by the time the Polo SUV hits showrooms.

Read our full review on the Mazda CX-3 here.


The mystery of what will be hidden under the Polo SUVs hood has yet to be solved, but that’s no surprise at this point in the testing phase. The current Polo has a range of engines, including a 1.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 93 horsepower, a 1.

It’s quite possible that some of the engines from the current Polo will be used in the Polo SUV, but there is still a while to go before we see the model actually hit dealerships. That means that VW has plenty of time to develop some new engines, or retune something from its inventory to give the Polo SUV its own little bite in the SUV market.

The most recent information available suggests that the next-gen Polo will ride on VW’s MQB platform, which suggests the Polo SUV may be as well. That said, the biggest question is whether or not the Polo SUV will come equipped with an AWD system. We’ll just have to wait for more information to come to light for that one, so stay tuned for future updates.


I’ve got to say that it is nice to finally see the Polo SUV in its true form and not just a jacked up polo on stilts. There is a ton of camo, so we can’t make out much of the body, but it’s definitely a four-door SUV. It looks like it will sport wrap around headlights up front with driving lights positioned just below them on the corners.

The side view mirrors actually look to be rather sleek. At first, I thought they were attached to the fenders, but on closer inspection, the arms simply mount at the very front of the door. They have a unique design overall that should be welcomed when it drops the camo.

We can’t make out any body lines of the side profile for sure, but it looks like there will be a smooth line that runs from the headlights to the taillights and a bit of bubbliness down on the side skirts. The rear doors are camouflaged quite well, but look to terminate about half way over the rear wheel well. This means the lower portion of the door will follow the contour of the wheel well.

The rear has a pretty interesting look to it, but there is a lot of padding here too. Even with padding, it’s clear that the rear hatch will have a pretty steep grade to it, and will have a near flat edge below the window before rolling over and becoming more vertical below the taillights.

At this point, there are dummy taillights and reflectors in place but expect two piece units. The portion on the rear quarters will likely wrap around while it looks like there may be a light bar that runs the width of the hatch. The rear fascia looks to be pretty smooth aside from the recess for the plate, but if I was a betting man, I would say that there will some character lines pop up down there by the time the camo comes off.


Even if our photographers were able to get shots of the test mule’s interior, it wouldn’t have told us anything about the upcoming Polo SUV. But, we can look to the current Polo model and the T-Cross Concept for hints. In comparison to the current Polo, expect to see similar door panels and a similar center console.

With that in mind, we’re expecting the interactive HMI to be an integral part of all next-generation VW models, which means the new Polo SUV might debut with a two-screen instrument cluster layout like that seen in the T-Cross Concept. It will be revised a bit from what we see in the T-Cross concept, but you at least get the general idea.


With the test mule masquerading as a Volkswagen Golf right now, even thinking about pricing is a little farfetched. We do know the Polo SUV will sit below the Tiguan in the SUV lineup. With the Tiguan starting out at $24,890, and the Polo starting out at just over $16,000 at current exchange rates, expect the Polo SUV to start out somewhere around $19,000 and move up from there. The range-topping model could go for as much as $27,000, given VW’s current pricing strategy.


With the Tiguan being the smallest offering from Volkswagen, it’s no surprise that the German brand is looking to add a smaller SUV to its lineup. The biggest problem is that the competition in the subcompact SUV segment is stronger than ever with models like the Mazda, CX-3, Honda HR-V, Buick Encore, Nissan Juke, and even the Jeep Renegade ready to give the Polo SUV a serious run for its money.

If Volkswagen is looking to be successful with this model, it’s got a lot more to worry about than its public image. Volkswagen needs to put some serious effort into the Polo SUV if it will ever succeed, and that means it needs to bring something completely new to the table.

If it gets lazy and opts to throw a Polo body on stilts, the new SUV is going to fall flat on its face and move as fast as a turtle stuck on its shell. Good luck, Volkswagen. The waters here in the Subcompact SUV segment are about as deep as it gets.

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