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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

In addition to a four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the Polo GTI gets a decent amount of safety kit. There’s dual front and side airbags, ABS and an electronic stability programme called ESP. Security-wise there’s an alarm, remote central locking and an immobiliser.

It may be almost a hot hatch, but it’s no less practical than the standard model, which is pretty good for its class. That means a roomy interior along with a good-sized boot that is capable of carrying a decent shopping trip. It misses out on special folding seats and the added flexibility that’s available on cars like the Honda Jazz or latest Toyota Yaris, but the seats fold to increase the load area and there are numerous cubby holes, a large glovebox, and a bin under the front passenger seat base.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Polo GTI (06-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Rear electric windows

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GTI optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Rear electric windows