Digital interior. With the introduction of the new Volkswagen equipment matrix, the Polo is available in the four equipment lines Polo, Life, Style and R-Line. Like the Style and R-Line specifications, the extensive equipment of the new Polo GTI is based on the Life equipment level. The pioneering safety features include a centre airbag, which is located in the side of the backrest on the driver’s side. In the event of a crash, the centre airbag deploys towards the centre and protects the driver and front passenger from colliding with each other and possibly injuring themselves in a crash. Another new safety element is the lap belt tensioner, which additionally tensions the seat belt in the area of the pelvis. The expanded range of functions also includes Park Distance Control at the front and rear.
GTI insignia in the interior. The interior of a Volkswagen GTI is just as characteristic and unmistakable as its exterior. Stylishly confident and expressive, but never obtrusive – the new Polo GTI is a perfect example. The dominating colours in the interior are Black, Red, Grey and Chrome. As typical for GTI models, the roof pillars and headliner are always in the trim colour Titanium Black. Red contrasting stitching is also one of the typical GTI features. These decorative seams can be found on the standard leather multifunction sports steering wheel, the gear lever cover and the outer seat surfaces. The premium sports seats offer multiple adjustment options and can be ergonomically adapted to practically any driver stature. The seat centre panels are covered with the legendary Clark check pattern (dark grey, light grey and red stripes, black squares). Sports comfort seats with ArtVelours covers are optionally available. The trim on the dash panel is now finished as standard in eye-catching Kings Red Glossy. Alternatively, it can also be ordered in the more subdued Deep Iron Glossy colour. The instruments in the upper area are always finished in Black. The interior is additionally enhanced by many matt-chrome details. Among other places, these can be found on the steering wheel clip, selector lever, instrument surround, vents and pedals. The door and sill panel trims with GTI logo are exclusively matched to the new Polo GTI. In addition to the GTI features, the extensive equipment also includes additional curtain airbags at the front and rear, background lighting in the door trims and dash panel, an air conditioning system, height-adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger, electric windows all round with one-touch opening and closing, handbrake lever handle in leather and large paddles on the leather multifunction sports steering wheel. The new Polo GTI can also be ordered with a large range of convenience and assist systems. The brake calipers are painted Red as an unmistakable sign of the fact that the brake system is designed for optimum deceleration – even with a very sporty driving style.
Better graphic and digital performance. Like in the Polo, the instruments and Infotainment system are located in one visual axis and can therefore be optimally seen and operated in all driving situations. Digital interfaces for smartphones bring apps and various online services on board. Smartphones can be charged in the GTI via a USB-C plug and optionally also wirelessly (inductive charging). Alongside its impressive size – the screen diagonal of 10.25 inches corresponds to 26 centimetres – the Digital Cockpit Pro engages with higher pixel density, better contrast and more intense colours. It can be configured quickly and intuitively by means of the large touchscreen of the Infotainment system and using the buttons of the leather multifunction sports steering wheel, which is flattened at the bottom. The display graphics have been specially matched to the Polo GTI. The fully digital view can optionally show the navigation route over the full screen, for example. The functions of the touchscreen on the centre console can then be assigned and used as desired. With its purist interface, the optional Climatronic with touch function is seamlessly integrated into the modern look of the large-size display. The operating panel has touch-sensitive controls and sliders. This is also offered in similar form in larger models such as the Tiguan, Passat and Arteon and emphasises the high quality of the Polo GTI interior.
New Infotainment systems. The new Polo GTI comes as standard with the Ready2Discover Infotainment system with high-resolution 8.0-inch display. Optional extras include the Discover Media system and the Discover Pro system with a brilliant 9.2-inch display. The 8.0- and 9.2-inch units already belong to the systems from the latest third generation of the modular Infotainment matrix (MIB3.1). With Ready2Discover, the user has the option to retroactively activate the navigation function (feature on demand). Discover Media and Discover Pro are already equipped with this as standard. Thanks to an Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM, the enhanced functions of the MIB3.1 include the online services of We Connect (set up for an unlimited usage period) and We Connect Plus (set up for free use for one or three years in Europe). Depending on the equipment, the MIB3.1 also offers new features such as access to streaming services. Users can also personalise a wide range of settings and save them to the Cloud via Volkswagen ID for use in other Volkswagen models. App-Connect Wireless permits wireless integration of apps for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
Five colours and Roof Pack. The new Polo GTI is being launched in five colours – Deep Black Pearl Effect, Smoke Grey Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Solid and Reef Blue Metallic. The last three body colours in the above list can be optionally combined with a contrasting black roof (Roof Pack). 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard. The Polo GTI can also be optionally ordered with 18-inch alloy wheels. The wide range of optional equipment includes a large tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, ArtVelours seat covers, voice control and the ‘beats’ sound system with 300 watts and six loudspeakers. To save space, the amplifier is installed beneath the variable luggage compartment floor. The volume of the luggage compartment in the new Polo GTI is 351 litres.