VW Polo GTI 2018 review – finally worthy of those three iconic letters? - Performance and 0-62 time

VW's Polo GTI is polished and capable, but lacks intensity compared to its rivals and the playfulness of the bigger Golf GTI

Performance and 0-60 time

VW claims the DSG-equipped Polo will rattle off the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.7sec. Yet, while it feels as fast as the numbers suggest when going all out, it never feels quite as quick as its torque figure and relatively low 1355kg kerb weight suggests.

There’s plenty of muscle at low speeds, but the delivery goes a little flat in the mid-range – it feels as if the car’s potential is being deliberately reined in so as not to tread on the toes of the Golf – although this reluctance could also be explained by the tall intermediate gears. Incidentally, both power and performance figures are nigh-on identical to the Fiesta ST, despite its lack of 500cc and a cylinder.

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