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Seventh Heaven : All New Volkswagen GT TSI

What is happiness? Well, this is an odd thought to ponder upon when you are waiting at the red light on a VW Polo GT TSI in one of the best stretch of roads in the valley. Soon enough the lights changed to green and with the road ahead visibly empty, I floored the throttle. The GT instantly hurled itself down the road, and within seconds, I was on the wrong side of the law with the speedometer indicating way past the set speed limit on the Arniko Highway. By the time I slow downed for the intersection after an impressive 140 kmph run, the rest of the traffic was already a speck of blur in the rear view mirror. I couldn’t help but massively grin when I realized that I still had two more gears to go on that smooth 7-Speed DSG gearbox. So here’s an early verdict. The Polo GT TSI is the fastest and one of the most advanced hatchbacks in the country! And fast it is, with a company claimed top speed of 190 kmph.
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As I enter back into the city, I shift the twin-clutch gearbox back to the fully automatic Drive mode. This gearbox offers three driving modes to choose from – Drive, Sport and

Manual. While the automatic Drive mode aims at achieving better fuel economy with early gear shifts, the Sport mode is a bit more enthusiastic and will hold on to a higher rpm giving away quicker acceleration. On both modes, the GT has quick power delivery available on the go and there is hardly any turbo lag felt in moving ahead. The Drive mode makes city driving an effortless task and there’s the Sport mode to shift to if you want to simply rocket past traffic. However, the gem in this gearbox is the Manual mode for the adrenaline deprived. Slot the selector into Manual mode in places like the Arniko Highway and you will have nothing but a huge smile plastered across your face. My only disappointment was not finding a paddle-shifter which would have added more to the fun factor. Otherwise, the dual-clutch gearbox offers instant upshifts or downshifts without any delay. Surprisingly, though it’s a tiny 1.2-litre engine, it still manages to provide a thrilling acoustic engine note inside the cabin when you rev it hard.

 

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Inside, the Polo GT TSI gets all the bells and whistles that VW can offer on this segment. There is a neat two-tone dashboard layout with just enough chrome accents to spruce things up and the quality of the materials used feels top notch. The seats now get sportier black and grey fabrics with contrast stitching, climate control system from the Vento, and a new 2-DIN audio system that incorporates USB, Aux-in, SD card reader and Bluetooth connectivity. Space and comfort is good both at the front and back, except for a slightly limited legroom at the rear.

But if the GT were to pass by, there is hardly any distinct change in the styling to easily differentiate it from your regular Polo, except for those temporary sporty decals. The Polo GT has that same sedate design with very few character lines and not many eye-catching elements. It looks identical to the standard Polo with just a hint of slightly more aggressiveness. Not that your regular Polo isn’t a good looking car, but a sportier facade on the GT would have helped cast a finer first impression. The headlight design is relatively new with black accents around and there is matte black surrounds for the fog-lamps. The other changes to the car include a new ten-spoke layout for the alloy wheels and a more pronounced rear spoiler. The only most noticeable addition is the ‘GT’ badge on the chrome front grille, C-pillars and the boot-lid.

 

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It is under the hood where the significance of this GT badge all around the car lies. At the heart of this Polo GT is VW’s remarkable 1.2-litre TSI petrol motor that combines direct injection with turbocharging and results in a power output similar to the bigger 1.6 litre engine. The Polo GT TSI packs 103 Bhp of power and 175 Nm of max torque, and all this power is sent to the front wheels via the 7-speed DSG transmission. Apart from the outright performance, the TSI technology claims to be highly efficient as well. As far as the handling dynamics go, push it hard through the corners and the Polo GT will stick with you most of the time. The steering is precise, there’s decent body control and good grip from the tyres. And with the enthusiastic engine, you get a car that is fun to drive down your favourite mountain road. Even the suspension has been well setup with a mix of comfort and sporty settings for our kind of roads. But at higher speeds, the steering wheel tends to feel on the lighter side. However on the safety side, the Polo GT gets an Electronic Stability Program, Hill-Hold Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System, Rear Parking Sensors and Driver and Passenger Airbags.

So the Polo GT TSI you see here is Volkswagen’s worthy replacement to the Polo 1.6, with the former being more exciting and faster. But with the sort of segment leading kit and technology that this car packs, the Polo GT TSI isn’t a regular cheap hatchback to own at NRs.37.45 Lakhs. This a car you need to first drive it around to make better sense of the relatively higher price tag and grasp what I am trying to conclude here. Thus, the Polo GT TSI, with its mind-blowing performance, is one of the finest options if you are looking out for a fast, fun and sporty vehicle in Nepal. This is where the search ends if you looking for an entertaining hatchback.

 

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And regarding my search for happiness, well there are various ways to look at it. But if you are on a set of wheels and pushing your vehicle to the maximum, it definitely is in finding that you still have some more gear left to slot in. So with the 7-speed DSG gearbox on this Polo GT TSI, you should probably never feel short of one!

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: 4 Cylinders DOHC, TSI

Displacement: 1197cc

Fuel Type: Petrol

Maximum Power: 103 Bhp @ 5000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 175 Nm @ 1500 – 4100 rpm

Transmission: 7-Speed DSG Automatic

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Length: 3970 mm

Width: 1682 mm

Height: 1453 mm

Wheelbase: 2456 mm

Ground Clearance: 168mm

Tyre Size: 185/60 R15

Suspension Front: McPherson Strut

Suspension Rear: Semi Independent Trailing Arm

Brakes Front: Ventilated Discs

Brakes Rear: Drums

Curb Weight: 1140 kg

Fuel Tank: 45L

PRICE: NRs. 37,45,000/-

COLOURS: Deep Black, Candy White, Flash Red

ALTERNATIVE CHOICES:

Fiat Punto, Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, KIA Picanto, Skoda Fabia, Suzuki Swift, Tata Vista D90

CONTACT:

Pooja International Nepal Pvt. Ltd

Ph. No: 4478301 | 4478003

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