This isn’t the first Polo I’ve owned – it’s actually my fifth (!) – and it’s also the second Polo GTI I’ve had. The first was the rare Mk3F 1.6-litre GTI from 2000-2002 – the only car I’ve ever truly regretted selling.
That car was, like this new one, a three-door in Flash Red so you could say I’m attempting to recreate something from my youth. However, ten years ago I only had 123bhp to play with, rather than the 189bhp under the bonnet of this new born. My brief experience with it so far has taught me that such power turns this GTI into a serious hot-hatch.
The Polo GTI has often (unfairly) had to live in the shadow of its bigger Golf brother, but I’ve always been a fan of the underdog. Plus, with the ever-increasing size of cars on our roads, the latest Polo GTI is virtually identical in dimensions to the hallowed Mk2 Golf GTI. Could that make for an interesting matchup?!
I’ve kept the ticks on the options list relatively short with only electronic climate control, automatic lights and wipers, and the Sport pack being my choices. The latter is rather important, given the name of my blog, but it also transforms the GTI into something rather harder edged. I’ll be finding out whether engaging Sport mode can be an everyday occurrence, or something saved for special occasions.
For now I’m off to put some extra miles on the GTI, and to see if we can find a Mk2 Golf GTI…