This week, we kick off 2019 with a little bit of nostalgia, at least that is the case for me. For those of you may not know, I used to own a three-door Polo GTI. This was back at the start of my motoring career; I tested one of these pocket rockets and was hooked — I had to have one. A year later, I sold my Honda Civic FD1 to fund a Volkswagen Polo GTI and the rest, as they say, is history.
Volkswagen’s fifth-generation Polo saw a relatively long production run — from 2009 up until 2018. It was offered in several body forms including a five and three-door hatchback, as well as a four-door sedan (first known as the Polo Sedan then later Vento, in the Malaysian market). While we did not get the choice of diesel engines here, the Polo was sold in two engine options; 1.2-litre turbo four-pot or 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-pot.
The Polo GTI however, nestled a 1.4-litre EA111 motor which featured twin-charging technology (turbo and supercharged) which produced a healthy 180 PS and 250 Nm, tipping the scales at just under 1,300 kgs and good for a 6.9 seconds century sprint, matching the Golf GTI from that era. It was quite the hoonigan and even though I have moved on, the joy of driving that little pocket rocket is forever ingrained into my consciousness.
A small issue I’ve had from the start, was the lack of aural excitement. The fix was quick and easy, via a resonator delete (replacing the resonator was just a straight-through tube), which our feature car has also gone through. The result is a par-pier, more excitable super-mini, enough to stand out just a little bit against others. Pair that with a nice set of wheels (and perhaps even a unique wrap) and you’re set to get all eyes on you.
Man, I miss my little pocket-rocket!