Some Volkswagen dealers in India are offering the Polo GTI high-performance hatchback at huge discounts. The sporty hatchback is now being sold for as low as Rs. 16 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune) to clear stocks. This move from dealers is to clear stock. Volkswagen launched the Polo GTI in India earlier this year at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 20.69 lakhs. However, one must be careful to avoid demo cars (even if sold for a heavy discount) as such cars are heavily abused during test drives. So, make sure that you buy a ‘brand-new’ car, and not a demo car.
During the launch, the automaker announced that only 99 units of the car would be sold here although unofficial
reports say that this number could be as high as 300. The reason Volkswagen launched the Polo GTI in India is to
clear stocks globally even as an all-new MQB platform-based Polo has been introduced in international markets.
The Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 189 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It uses a 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox. It features a three-door layout, and this is the
main differentiating design factor when compared with the regular Polo hatchback, also on sale in India.
The Polo GTI offers superlative performance, enough to put many cars priced twice as much to shame. It has a top
speed of 233 Kph while the 0-100 Kph sprint is completed in just 7.2 seconds. Now, this is faster than many cars from
Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz, just to give you an idea of how fast this little Volkswagen is.
The car weighs a considerable 1,273 Jgs, which indicates that there has been no cost-cutting in terms of the metal
used. Built in Germany, the Polo GTI is imported to India as a completely built unit. This is also the reason why
Volkswagen priced it so high initially.
The Polo GTI is loaded with safety features. ABS is standard and so are 6 airbags. There are many other safety aids
such as disc brakes on all four wheels, traction control, hill hold assist, an electronic differential lock, a
reverse parking camera and also an electronic stability program.