• Polo BlueGT sits between the standard Polo models and the GTI hot hatch
  • Polo BlueGT uses the Polo GTi's headlights
  • Rear bumper features integrated cut-out for the twin tailpipes and a faux diffuser panel
  • Polo's brake and sidelights form opposing bracket shapes when lit
  • Extended side sills improve aerodynamic efficiency
  • The leather steering wheel is a good size, but the flat bottom is a needless affectation
  • The Polo GTI lends its instruments to the BlueGT, hence the red needles
  • Standard Bluetooth works fine, sat-nav is a £720 option
  • Loads of room and plenty of support and adjustability in the front
  • Typical rear accommodation for the class
  • Split-level boot is a good size once you have removed the false floor
  • The Polo BlueGT can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.5sec
  • Four-cylinder engine features ACT cylinder deactivation
  • Pleasingly linear power delivery, good stopping power on offer
  • The BlueGT's ride quality improves as the speed increases
  • Dive and roll are well controlled in the Polo, even when you ask a lot of it
  • The Polo BlueGT is quick, economical and competent but it lacks engagement

If you know your Volkswagen Polos, you’ll have already clocked the similarity that the Polo BlueGT bears to two of its special range-mates – and even if you don’t, the name has probably given it away.

Volkswagen's Polo GTI donates its headlights and daytime running lights, roof spoiler and bumpers to the BlueGT, while the Polo BlueMotion chips in with its side sills and, out of sight, some aerodynamic underbody cladding, which together contribute to a drag coefficient of 0.30, identical to that of the BlueMotion model.

Matt Saunders

Deputy road test editor
The BlueGT wears various pieces of gloss black trim

The BlueGT gets special 17-inch alloy wheels and stiffer than average sports suspension that also lowers its ride height by 15mm. The hardware itself is fairly stock Polo kit, though: MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear.

Riding noticeably low and filling its arches without problem, the BlueGT looks quietly purposeful. It’s still ‘only a Polo’, and a lukewarm one at that – not a car to satisfy the visual appetites of the out-and-out petrolhead. But for fans of the understated ‘sleeper’ aesthetic – and there are plenty at Autocar – the styling is well judged. The glossy black trim on the grille and door mirrors works particularly well at setting the car apart without screaming about it.

Power comes from the previously mentioned cylinder-shutdown petrol four-pot. A total of 138bhp finds its way to the front wheels, but there’s also a full 184lb ft of torque available between 1500rpm and 3500rpm. Neither peak output should prevent the car from breaking through the 60mpg barrier when touring, though – and if that claim is true, it really will be something to write home about.

MIRA’s scales recorded a kerb weight of 1210kg, which suggests that VW’s official claim of 1212kg is spot-on. That’s middling weight for a hatch of this size and performance. 

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