The Volkswagen Polo is only two years younger than the Golf, yet it took 19 years for Volkswagen to finally determine that its city car would be a good fit for the sporty GTI badge.
In between the first Golf GTI of 1976 and the original Polo GTI of 1995, the German brand believed its Passat family sedan and wedge-shaped Scirocco coupe were worthier recipients of the famous trio of capital letters (though there was a supercharged Polo G40 in 1991).
The ‘sixth generation’ Polo GTI released this year, then, is technically a fourth-generation model – and only the third to reach Australia since 2005. So, it’s a relative newbie, and certainly lacking the heritage of its bigger brother.
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