The 2021 Polo GTI was unveiled just two months after the base version of the subcompact hatchback debuted.
The new Polo GTI has received the same design changes as the standard version of the model. This means updated rear and front optics, including new IQ.Light LED matrix headlights and an illuminated front grille. And at the rear, dynamic turn signals will appear.
Also, the exterior of the “charged” hatchback has been complemented by a revised bumper characteristic of the GTI models, and, of course, a fair amount of GTI badges scattered throughout the body, while the center rear “Polo” badge is replaced by a GTI. Up front, the GTI’s distinctive red line on the radiator grille remains, which blends seamlessly into the headlights.
Under the hood, everything remains unchanged: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 207 hp. power and 320 Nm of torque. Front-wheel drive. This is enough to accelerate to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 240 km / h – numbers that have remained unchanged from the car before the update.
As expected, the 2021 Polo GTI will continue to feature a lowered suspension and an electronic differential. Also available as an option is the VW “Sport Select” suspension, which can add a stiffer ride when combined with standard drive select profiles. The gearbox remains unchanged and features a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG.
Fans of the GTI’s signature checkered interior can rest easy as the 2021 Polo GTI retains its interior. The dashboard trim is now finished in high-gloss red with an array of matte chrome accents. The most significant change, however, is the inclusion of VW’s new 8.0-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system as standard equipment. Customers also have the option to order the 9.2 “Discover Pro system.
For the first time, the 2021 VW Polo GTI received the VW IQ.Drive partial autonomous driving function. The car owner gets a variety of options, including Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, radar and more.
There is no information yet on the model’s sales in Europe or pricing, but the new Polo is expected to hit showrooms in the coming months.