The Golf GTI Cabriolet wasn’t the only small Volkswagen model to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Joining the fray was the 2013 Volkswagen Polo BlueGT, a frugal hatchback that is said to combine superior dynamic performance with extreme fuel-efficiency.
The Polo Blue GT hatchback is powered by a 138 horsepower 1.4 liter TSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine with stop start, variable cam timing and a new cylinder deactivation system. The engine allows the small VW to sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in less than 7.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 131 mph. It obtains these impressive numbers all the while delivering hybrid-like fuel consumption of just 4.7 lt/100 km (50.5 mpg US) combined, a figure that improves to 4.5 lt/100 km (52.3 mpg US) with the optional seven-speed DSG transmission.
Compared to the regular Polo, the Polo BlueGT’s rides 15 mm lower. Its exterior is distinguished by new 17-inch alloy wheels, a black-painted grille and R-line ventilation screen up front, GT logos at the front and rear, new tailpipe trim and a “BlueMotion” badge at the back. It also features the Polo GTI’s front bumper, rear spoiler and rear bumper with a diffuser.
The interior sports the Polo GTI’s instruments, cruise control, GTI-sourced black roofliner, leather steering wheel trim with a “BlueGT” logo, sport front seats and chrome accents.
2013 VOLKSWAGEN POLO BLUE GT