Volkswagen Polo GT

Volkswagen has launched a new, performance-orientated version of the Polo supermini. With leading edge Volkswagen TDI technology, the new Polo GT offers not only vigorous power, but also fuel economy of over 50 mpg – great news for hot hatch fans who are all too aware of rising fuel prices.

The new model uses the proven 1.9-litre TDI 130 PS engine, which features Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ (unit injector) technology for greater efficiency. With this advanced system, injection pressures are greater than those produced by common rail diesels, leading to superior power delivery and better thermal efficiency. In the Polo GT, this engine meets Euro 4 emissions standards, which means even greater tax savings for company car drivers.

The maximum torque of 229 lbs ft (310 Nm) peaks at a useful 1,900 rpm for highly tractable performance at low engine speeds. This is helped by a variable geometry turbocharger, which is designed to ‘smooth-out’ power delivery across the rev range. A six-speed gearbox, fitted as standard, allows relaxed motorway cruising.

Positioned at the top of the Polo range, the GT is equipped comprehensively. Highlights include Climatic semi-automatic climate control; ABS; four airbags; six-disc CD autochanger; leather-rimmed steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors; front fog lights; multi-function computer; remote central locking with alarm; front sports seats; and front electric windows. Outside, the GT is distinguished subtly by sporty 16" alloy wheels, lowered suspension and chrome ‘GT’ badges.

Available to order from this week, the Polo GT is offered in three- or five-door bodystyles. Prices start at £14,250 RRP on the road, with a £500 premium for the five-door model.

Technical specification - Polo GT
Cubic capacity - litres/cc 1.9 / 1896
Output - PS/rpm 130 / 4000
Max torque - lbs ft/rpm 229 / 1900
Gearbox 6 spd manual
Top speed – mph 128
0-62 mph - secs 9.3
Economy - mpg urban 42.2
extra urban 67.3
combined 55.4
CO2 - g/km 138
Insurance group 8E

Published : 14/07/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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