Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015 Review

Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015 Review

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Affordable fun to drive: Try the 2015 VW Polo GTI.

This is a fast, practical and inexpensive little car. Expect the performance of the Golf without the high price.

Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015 Aggregated Reviews

Cars Guide: 7/10
Motoring: 7.7/10
Car Magazine: 8/10
Car Advice: 8/10
Practical Motoring: 9/10
Combined total score: 7.94/10

We love:

  • Great fuel economy
  • Fast shifting gearbox
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Agile handling

Pain points:

  • Rougher ride on worn roads than some
  • New engine lacks the gutsy sound of the previous model
  • Boot is pretty small

VW Polo 2015

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Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015 review

Find out how the cheapest Volkswagen Polo GTI of this generation compares to the competition. The newly released manual version offers dramatically increased torque over the dual-clutch automatic transmission, making it the only hot hatch for this year to be available in both manual and automatic options.

Exterior of the Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015

Subtle Red accents give this Volkswagen Polo GTI a cheeky attitude, with red brake callipers, a red stripe along the radiator grille, red accents alongside the twin halogen headlights. It's just enough to hint that the Polo isn't your average city dweller, while still retaining the elegant under-the-radar Polo design.

VW Polo 2015 Front

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Inside the 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI

The interior panels continue the subtle sporty theme of the exterior, with glossy black insets, aluminium accents on the gear stick, pedals and steering wheel setting it apart visually. The technology has been selected to provide maximum value to the driving experience, leaving out less used features such as electric seat adjustment to keep the price low.

Four adults will fit comfortably, and while taller adults will be comfortable up front, the rear seats should be set aside for smaller adults and children.

VW Polo 2015 dash

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Boot space sits at 280L, expanding to 952L when you fold the rear seats down. It's smaller than the previous Volkswagen Polo GTI as the battery has been relocated to the cargo area, making space for the larger engine.


There's an excellent reverse parking camera, a 6.5 inch touchscreen with an easy to use interface, bordered by shortcut buttons helping you move simply from one part of the menu to another. Buttons on the steering wheel also mean the driver can control the infotainment without taking hands off the steering wheel or eyes off the road.

What's it like to drive a Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015?

Accelerating 0-100kmph in just 6.7 seconds, the Polo is the perfect city driving companion, slipping easily into gaps in traffic, and deftly parking in tight spots.

"The old model was a cracking handler, but a new electric steering setup makes for an excellent feel" - Malcolm Flynn, Cars Guide.

Light and tactile steering mean handling is easier than ever, with rapid gear changes accompanied by the sound of the engine lifting an octave making the Polo sound and feel like a precise driving machine. It clings to the inside line of a corner, yet cushions potholes and bumps neatly.

VW Polo 2015 angle

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With a braked towing capacity of 1000kg, you've got the practicality you need to move stuff too.

Who's the Volkswagen Polo GTI 2015 for?

Perfect for taking the kids to school, cruising on the highway for a weekend road trip, adding enjoyment to the drive home after a long day at work, the VW Polo GTI is the perfect blend of economy and performance for a city dweller.

The VW Golf GTI 2015 makes a perfect second car for a family who enjoy driving or a great car for singles or couples living and working in the city.

Feature Summary

Price: $27,500

Engine: 1.8L turbo-petrol four cylinder, 141kW/320Nm

Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch

Wheels: 17 inch steel alloy

Safety: 5 star ANCAP

Fuel: 6.1L/100km

Emissions: 142g/km

AV and tech: 6.5 inch touchscreen with reversing camera

Seats: 5

Doors: 5

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