UK: New Volkswagen Polo GTI goes on sale

December 18, 2014

The new, range-topping Volkswagen Polo GTI is now on sale in the UK. The new Polo GTI can be ordered from Volkswagen Retailers across the UK, with prices starting from £18,950 OTR. The new model is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 192 PS (189 hp), and 320 Nm of torque with the manual gearbox, and 250 Nm of torque with the DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The new Polo GTI can do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h). Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are marked at 50.4 mpg and 129 g/km for the DSG, and 47.1 mpg and 139 g/km for the manual variant. Volkswagen is taking orders for the new Polo GTI now but the deliveries are scheduled to commence in March 2015.

More information is available in the press release below.


  • New range-topping Polo GTI launches with 1.8-litre turbocharged 192 PS engine
  • Available with choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox
  • Polo takes GTI design cues from larger Golf sibling; high-tech infotainment system
  • Available to order now with first UK deliveries due March 2015

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s Polo GTI made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and is now available to order from Retailers across the UK, with first customer deliveries due in March 2015. It will cost £18,850 RRP OTR for the three door manual with a £630 premium for five doors and £1,245 for the DSG gearbox.

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI front

The new Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8-litre (1,798 cc) turbocharged petrol engine delivering 192 PS between 4,200 and 6,200 rpm (5,400-6,200 DSG), marking an increase of 12 PS over the outgoing model. And unlike the previous Polo GTI, this latest generation is available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

With a manual gearbox, the Polo has a maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lbs ft) available between 1,450 and 4,200 rpm. For the DSG these figures are 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) between 1,250 and 5,300 rpm due to technical differences in the design parameters of the gearboxes.

The Polo GTI lives up to its performance badge, reaching 62 mph from standstill in 6.7 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph. But the Polo GTI’s power does not come at the expense of efficiency, with a combined fuel consumption figure of 50.4 mpg and corresponding carbon dioxide emissions of 129 g/km for the DSG (47.1 mpg and 139 g/km for the manual).

The Polo GTI follows the design cues of its ‘big brother’, the Golf GTI. Compared with the standard Polo, new bumpers, GTI insignia, distinctive 17-inch ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels and red radiator grille strips and honeycomb grille distinguish it from the rest of the range, along with standard sports suspension (lowered by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm at the back).

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI rear three quarters right

At the front, LED lights are standard for the first time, while at the rear a GTI roof spoiler, taillight clusters in Dark Red, the black grained diffuser and chrome dual exhaust pipes continue the sporty theme.

On the inside, the Polo GTI features a leather sports steering wheel with logo and red stitching harking back to the Golf GTI, as do the gear and handbrake levers and floor mats with red beading. The check design ‘Clark’ cloth seats with black bolsters have been a GTI emblem since the first GTI in 1976.

The Polo GTI has ESC Sport (electronic stability control). Like on the Golf GTI this enables the ESC to be adapted for use on a track. It works in two stages: first the traction control is switched off, then ESC Sport is activated which raises the ESC threshold and delays intervention (without ESC being completely deactivated). XDS+ is also standard: another Golf GTI ‘import’, XDS compensates for the understeer which is typical of front-wheel drive cars, meaning driving characteristics are more precise and neutral.

Available as an option on the new Polo GTI is a Sport Performance Pack with Dynamic Chassis Control which offers sportier steering, accelerator response and engine noise inside the car.

Polo GTI – prices

Model Economy,
mpg comb’d
CO2 emissions
Price £,
1.8-litre 192 PS TSI 6-spd manual 3dr 47.1 139 18,850
1.8-litre 192 PS TSI 6-spd manual 5dr 47.1 139 19,480
1.8-litre 192 PS TSI 7-spd DSG 3dr 50.4 129 20,095
1.8-litre 192 PS TSI 7-spd DSG 5dr 50.4 129 20,725

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