The new VW Polo GTI looks like a mini Golf GTI, but how does it fare against one of the most iconic hot hatches out there: the MINI Cooper S? The folks over at AutoExpress UK take the two hot hatches for a drive to find out which one takes the win in the segment.
The VW Polo GTI uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 192 horsepower and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The 0-62mph sprint complete in 6.7 seconds and the GTI maxing out at 146mph.
The new F56 Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The power output is 141 kW/192 bhp at 4,700 – 6,000 rpm and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost). Acceleration from 0–100 km/h comes in 6.8 seconds manual (automatic: 6.7 seconds).
Top speed is limited to 146 mph (235 km/h).
Let’s have a look.