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What is it?
Grand Touring Injection or GTI has served as the Volkswagen performance moniker for over 40 years now, with its first model, the Golf GTI widely credited with starting the ‘hot hatch’ segment. The car's ensuing success meant that, pretty soon, other VW cars bore the GTI moniker, including the Polo. And that’s where India got its GTI introduction; in November 2016 Volkswagen launched the fifth-generation Polo GTI, imported in the three-door format. And now, with the Polo GTI moving into its sixth-generation MQB platform, we head to Spain to see just how much of a step ahead it is.
What’s it like on the outside?
The new Polo GTI has a few changes but it still looks pretty much the same as before. The headlights remain horizontal units with twin beams, the grille gets the same honeycomb pattern and the fog lights are in the same place. At the rear, too, things are quite similar, with the tail-lamps remaining square-ish, the numberplate set into the bumper and the twin pipes offset to the left.
The changes then really are in the proportions and contouring differences, which gives the new car a more rounded look, and also in small details, like a double-creased shoulder line, the lower of which runs around the back, and the red pinstripe that's now at the centre of the front grille instead of the bottom. Also new are the 18-inch alloys with their sharply cut angular spokes finished in steel and black look massively better than the rims of earlier car sold here.
What’s it like on the inside?
In the older car, the highlights were the traditional chequered seats and the flat-bottomed steering wheel with the 'GTI' logo and red stitching. The dials, vents, doors and dash were a pretty bland affair. Thus, the bar was set very low. The new car's interior, however, is pretty neat. The steering is carried forward; which is great, but the rest of the dash is new, the styling is sharp and angular, and there is a large swathe of red across its entire length, which gives the cabin good character and does not look over the top. The look is very modern and sporty, and what I really like is that the dash and centre console are tilted slightly towards the driver, giving you a feeling of being in a cockpit. In fact, the outer edge of the centre console is higher than the inner one, further accentuating the driver-focused cockpit.
The instrumentation and infotainment system, which is now all digital, has taken a big step forward. You get a nice, large touchscreen that's set higher up in the dash and a digital panel for the driver instrument display that – like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – has customisable views, including navigation display. Quality of controls and switchgear is typically Volkswagen and everything feels wonderfully damped; even the AC vents have just the right amount of resistance to help you adjust them precisely and easily.
Having one car allocated to each journalist meant I spent all my time driving, just as I suspect would every owner. The front seats are nice and deep with enough side bolstering, and, despite my narrow frame, they held me well in place even during hard cornering on the laps we had at the Ascari race track. As far as space in the cabin goes, there's more than enough head- and legroom for my 5ft 8in frame. Moving to the rear, with the MQB, VW has been able to build the Polo bigger and it's quite telling here; there's more than enough legroom for those seated here, even if there's a slightly tall driver at the front.
What’s it like to drive?
It is a hot hatch and so quick pace and sharp handling is something you would automatically expect, and, to that effect, VW has endowed the Polo with a lot of extra bits over the previous GTI or even the regular new Polo. For starters, it gets the larger 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol motor from the Golf GTI, tuned to produce a lower 200hp and 320Nm of torque, (245hp and 370Nm of torque in the Golf).
There is also an electronic diff, what VW calls XDS, which on a turn, brakes the inside wheel tricking the regular differential into sending more power to the outer wheels; the result is a crisper turn-in. Also, thanks to the MQB platform, the chassis is now 28 percent stiffer than before, and aids handling stability.
Driving it out of the airport and in and around the village we were put up at, the car was very drivable, unlike other hot hatches that can feel a tad over eager. VW claims a 0-100kph time of 6.7sec, and while we couldn't test that, it did feel sufficiently fast out on the motorway and the track.
One aspect of hot hatches that has bothered me is the harsh ride. Remember, these cars also live everyday lives; in cars like the Abarth 595 and the Mini Cooper S, the ride is harsh enough to convince you that you’ve broken something going over rough surfaces. In the Polo, however, it is diff [...]
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Four months into 2018, both high-end and mass market carmakers have launched a number of new models in India. Toyota brought out a facelift for its Land Cruiser Prado, while Ford introduced a new top-spec trim on the EcoSport compact SUV and the new Freestyle cross-hatch. The 2018 Auto Expo saw Maruti and Hyundai launch the third-gen Swift and a facelift for the i20, respectively. Premium manufacturers BMW and Mercedes introduced a slew of new models at the 2018 Auto Expo; the former brought out the 6-series GT and the X6 35i, along with the new M3, M4 and M5, while the German carmaker launched the Maybach-badged S 560 and S 650.
Going forward, this year is expected to see quite a large number of new introductions to the Indian market. Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming months:
In case you'd like to know which cars have already launched this year, check out our new cars and SUVs launched in 2018.
Honda Amaze (May 16, 2018)
Making its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018, Honda’s second-gen compact sedan shares design cues with its larger siblings, particularly the Accord. When it arrives, the new Amaze will be powered by the same 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines available on the current model. The five-speed manual is also expected to be carried over, though the new bit will be a CVT-automatic option on the diesel. Output figures on the diesel-CVT model drop by 20hp and 40Nm, respectively.
2018 Honda Amaze review, test drive
New Honda Amaze image gallery
India-spec Honda Amaze details revealed
New Honda Amaze image gallery
Hyundai Creta facelift
The refreshed Creta has been spied testing in India recently and will sport styling similar to that of the South American-spec model. The mid-cycle facelift will also carry forward the current set of engines which includes the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. The upcoming Renault Captur-rivalling model will get segment-leading cabin equipment. It is also expected to get a sunroof.
Also see: Hyundai Creta facelift bookings open
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Bookings have opened for the new top-spec trim of Jeep’s Mahindra XUV500 rival – the Trail Rated Compass Trailhawk. Already manufactured at FCA’s plant in Ranjangaon, the model is currently exported to Australia and Japan. The off-road-spec SUV gets 4WD technology from Jeep’s selection. Although the big news is that a diesel-automatic variant will be on offer for the first time. The 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor will be mated to a nine-speed automatic, rather than the six-speed manual offered on the current top-spec trim, the Limited (O) 4x4.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk video review
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive
Jeep Compass Trailhawk image gallery
Spied recently, the new Ertiga is longer and slightly wider than the outgoing model. Its longer rear overhang should mean more space in the third row. Up front, this second-generation model also gets a more upright stance, with a high-set nose and front bumper. Wheels are expected to go up to a size of 16 inches. Maruti is likely to offer the new 104hp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel at launch, with a 1.5-litre diesel engine – currently under development in-house – replacing Fiat’s 1.3-litre diesel engine at a later date.
Bentley Continental GT
The third-gen sporty grand tourer from Bentley uses the Porsche-developed MSB (modular standard drivetrain) platform that’s also used in the new Panamera. The Bentley Dynamic Ride – a 48V electric active roll-control system from the Bentayga – also features on the new Continental GT. This, along with weight savings of about 85kg, makes the car even more agile than before. Propulsion is courtesy of a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine that’s capable of doing 0-100kph in 3.7sec and reaching a top speed of 333kph. The insides are typically opulent.
Honda had brought the new CR-V to Auto Expo 2018; its USP – the seven-seat configuration. This third-gen model will replace the current one on sale and, unlike its predecessor, it will come with a new 160hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine option. A new nine-speed automatic may also be on the cards for this Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass rival.
2018 Honda CR-V review, test drive
2018 Honda CR-V diesel video review
Mahindra MPV (U321)
After being spotted testing frequently all over the country, Mahindra’s all-new three-row MPV will finally go on sale in the first few months of 2018. The company’s first monocoque-bodied MPV will be powered by a new 130hp, 1.6-litre mHawk diesel engine. We expect pricing [...]
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