When it comes to cars, know group of men understand the adage “big fun come small package” better than European men. After all, pocket rockets permeate their streets, with one excellent example being the Volkswagen Polo GTI.
While many men around the world will scoff at any self-described manly man caught driving this German hatchback, the Polo GTI is a serious little sports car that has just gotten better, receiving some rather noticeable updates.
For starters, it is now powered by a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower (190 PS) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft.) — 10 hp and 70 Nm (52 lb-ft.) more than the previous 1.4-liter turbo. Hooked to either a new six-speed manual transmission or the familiar double-clutch DSG gearbox, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds on route to top speed of 236 km/h (148 mph).
By comparison, the previous Polo GTI accelerated to 100 km/h from a standstill in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph).
On the styling front, the updated Polo GTI gains an edgier look inspired by its bigger brother, the Golf GTI featuring revised honeycomb grille inserts, re-sculpted bumper and a slick dual exhaust system.
The interior has also undergone a few modifications, benefiting from new designs for the instrument panel, steering wheel, and center stack controls.
Size may dictate the Volkswagen Polo GTI as nothing more than a grocery-getter, but the manly man — not just in Europe — knows very well that it’s more than that. What you have here is fun little sports car.