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VW Polo GTI DSG review

Auto Express

24 December 2014

While the updated Volkswagen Polo GTI is now available with a manual box, there’s still a seven-speed DSG auto for those who like to give their left foot a rest.

As with the manual, power comes from a new 1.8-litre turbo producing 189bhp and 320Nm of torque. The DSG model is marginally slower than the manual; it trails by two-tenths from 0-62mph, taking 6.9 seconds, although on the road you’d be hard-pressed to notice.

The DSG comes with steering wheel paddles, and the transmission delivers quick shifts in manual mode. Let the electronics do the work and the seven-speed box manages to be in the right gear at the right time. At full throttle the exhaust emits a distinctive upshift rasp, further enhanced by the optional Sport pack which has a special speaker to pump extra engine noise into the cabin.

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