More power, the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI review

The Volkswagen Polo has been well received in India, thanks to its advanced engineering. And the folks at the German car maker want to carry on the success with its performance oriented version, the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI. We at autoX take it for a test drive to see if it’s worth shelling out the extra cash.

The Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is almost identical to its regular sibling, save for a few changes and additions. GT badges are proudly located on the front grille, tailgate and on the C-pillar on this version of the Polo. Black side view mirrors and a roof spoiler are among other cosmetic changes made to this premium hatchback. However, given that it is the extra horsepower version, we would have preferred a sportier look.

The cabin of the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI has also been revamped, with all-black interiors instantly differentiating it from standard Polo’s two-tone colour scheme. An integrated audio system has also been introduced in the GT range – including the petrol TSI version – that supports Bluetooth, AUX and USB cable. Other changes include a three-spoke steering wheel, silver inserts on centre, and the GT logo on the doorsteps. Overall, Volkswagen doesn’t give a chance to complain about the interiors.

Coming to the business part, the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 103bhp – 14 more than the stock Polo – and 250 Nm of torque. The extra power is evident while putting the foot down.

The diesel engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox, which is slick and precise. The suspension is the same as one that features on the regular Polo, which has always been up to the mark.

Although Volkswagen has reduced the displacement by 0.1-litre over the previous version of the GT, the power output remains remains the same. In fact, Volkswagen has started using this engine in other cars as well, including the Vento facelift.

Volkswagen Polo has always been a decent all-around car that does it job perfectly. But VW feels there are enough buyers who won’t be satisfied with just a normal engine. And that assumption isn’t exactly wrong, considering the market is maturing and people are ready to shell out extra for premium cars.

So if you are willing to spend an additional Rs 60,000, then the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI isn’t a bad deal by any means. However, one must consider that at a price tag of Rs 7.9 lakh, one may get his hands on a sedan.