2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI India review, test drive

    We get behind the wheel of VW India's hottest hatch ever and unleash its 192 horses.

    Published on Nov 04, 2016 10:23:00 PM


    What is it like on the inside?

    The GTI’s cabin can be accessed by just two doors, each of which is relatively wider than what Indians are used to. In fact, the doors require more than usual space to open, a characteristic that might prove tricky in tight parking spaces. On the inside, the GTI feels distinctly hot-hatch-ish. You get tartan racing seats (with underseat storage) – a GTI staple – that are large and supportive in every manner, and hold you snugly when you are cornering hard. You face a dashboard that will be familiar to Polo owners – the basic layout and much of the switchgear is similar if not the same, though the touchscreen infotainment system and differently designed instrument cluster are new. The rear seats are accessed by pulling a lever mounted conveniently on the front seats at shoulder level to flip them down. The rear feels claustrophobic mainly due to the smaller windows and poor front visibility on account of the large front seats, but rear kneeroom is actually more than the regular Polo because the back of the front seats has been cleverly scooped out to create a hollow.

    For a car that costs Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the GTI comes with a relatively shorter equipment list. Features such as keyless entry, an engine start/stop button, rear camera, electronically folding external mirrors, navigation and auto headlamps and wipers are conspicuously missing. On the flip side, you do get paddle shifters, auto start/stop to improve fuel efficiency in traffic, six airbags and the aforementioned touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay.

    While it is true that the interiors feel slightly Spartan when you consider its price tag, the GTI’s cabin delivers a true-blue hot hatch experience, what with the three-door layout, fabric racing seats, bright red highlights, flat-bottomed steering wheel and even the exposed-rod seatbelt anchors.

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