Two sports running gears. The Polo GTI is offered with two different running gear configurations. A sports running gear forms the base version, while the 'Sport Select' version with active dampers is available as an option. Like all Polo models, the GTI is also equipped with electromechanical power steering and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Also on-board the GTI is the XDS differential lock (fitted as standard), which further refines traction when cornering quickly.
- Base configuration. The 200 PS Polo, which like all GTI cars features front-wheel drive, has coil spring struts and lower wishbones with a track-stabilising scrub radius. The front running gear additionally features an anti-roll bar. The front suspension consists of coil springs with telescopic gas-filled dampers. The elements are integrated in the spring struts. The rear running gear consists of a semi-independent twist-beam suspension with an integrated anti-roll bar. Gas-filled dampers and separate springs provide sporty yet comfortable suspension at the rear.
- The sports running gear. The Polo GTI is the only model in the Polo line-up to be delivered with sports running gear as standard. The configuration includes special tuning of the springs, auxiliary springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars with the body lowered by 15 mm.
- 'Sport Select' running gear and driving profile selection. The Polo GTI can also be optionally configured with the 'Sport Select' running gear. Here the driver can vary the characteristics of the active dampers; and one of two modes - Normal or Sport - can be activated with the driving profile selection that is included as standard on the Polo GTI. The driving profile selection itself offers five modes: Normal, Sport, Eco, Comfort and Individual. Driving profile selection enables the driver to make individual adjustments, within a defined range, that have direct effects on vehicle handling. Along with its effects on the 'Sport Select' running gear, the profile that is selected also modifies the steering, engine characteristics and gearbox control. In addition to the active dampers, components included in the 'Sport Select' running gear include a larger anti-roll bar on the front axle, firmer steering rods at the front and firmer axle controls at the rear. Here too the car body has also been lowered by 15 mm.