Volkswagen has announced that its refreshed Polo GTI will start at £18,850 in the U.K., with deliveries set to begin in March of 2015. The pricing means that the subcompact hot-hatch will undercut its main rivals in Europe, the Peugeot 208 Gti and Renault SportClio, while the American of the bunch, the Ford Fiesta ST, remains £1,600 less expensive than the VW.
All Volkswagen Polo GTIs will receive the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine making 189 horsepower. The revised Polo GTI also offers a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the celebrated seven-speed DSG automatic is available. Entry-level three door models check in at the £18,850 price tag, while the five door adds an extra £630. Replacing the stick with the DSG tacks on another £1,245.
The new Volkswagen Polo GTI squeezes another 12-bhp out of the little 1.8-liter engine, but also becomes more fuel efficient. The 0-62 mph sprint takes place in a brisk 6.7 seconds, which happens to be quicker than the Peugeot and Ford, with top speed coming in at a respectable 146 mph.
Alas, the Volkswagen Polo and its hotted-up GTI variant remains forbidden fruit for those of us stateside. Instead, we will continue to take solace in the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R.