2019 Volkswagen Polo GTi short review

The Polo GTi is still a pocket rocket ship in a sober suit, with low kerb weight enabling the car to scream from corner to corner and change direction like a featherweight boxer. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which used to live under the bonnet of a larger and heavier Golf GTi is just as punchy as ever and the DSG gearbox enables split second gear changes.

Essentially the only change for the 2019 model is a new fully digital TFT instrument display which you can personalise in a few ways.

The Polo GTi still has an annoying habit of rolling backwards when you don’t exactly come to a stop at a corner, shifting into neutral and pausing before selecting first gear again. That’s pretty much the only issue for people who want a small, extremely fast and agile hatchback.

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