VOLKSWAGEN'S most affordable hot hatch, the Polo GTI, has reclaimed the title of MOTOR Magazine's ‘Bang For Your Bucks' champion for a third time, in the process beating a strong field of high-performance competitors.
Showing the strength of the Volkswagen performance name, this latest generation Polo carried on from its predecessors which won the competition in 2011 and 2012. Golf GTI won the coveted title in 2010, giving the Volkswagen brand four wins in seven years.
The upgraded Polo GTI was launched here last year with an updated 1.8-litre, turbocharged TFSI engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Its abilities were later increased with the addition of Sport Select suspension to the standard equipment list to improve the car's dynamic capability further.
Commenting on their choice of winner, MOTOR magazine's judges said the manual transmission showcased the car's overall performance which, with a chassis showing polish, makes Polo GTI a great all-round car.
Commenting on the car's win, a statement from MOTOR said the Bang For Your Bucks contest has been held every year since 1994 and to be crowned Australia's best sports car under $100,000 cars had to be competitive on the racetrack and competitively priced.
"The new Polo GTI is both those things, which is why it beat 19 other fantastic cars to be our 2016 Bang For Your Bucks winner," it said.
Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director, Michael Bartsch said the company couldn't be more pleased with our most affordable performance car winning this prestigious industry award, one chosen by those in the know.
"Volkswagen makes the best affordable sporting cars available. Polo GTI proves that a performance pedigree doesn't have to come at a premium price."
The Polo GTI with six-speed manual transmission sells from $27,690 and from $30,190 with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (prices not including on-road costs).
Like the Golf GTI, the small Polo GTI is a popular model which continues to outsell its rivals. To the end of July this year, Volkswagen Group Australia has sold more than 575 Polo GTIs, more than double the numbers of its main segment rivals.
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