Volkswagen has launched a new, performance diesel version of the Polo supermini – the Polo GT.

The new Polo GT uses the proven 1.9-litre TDI 130 PS engine, which features Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ (unit injector) technology for greater efficiency. With this advanced system, injection pressures are greater than those produced by common rail diesels, leading to superior power delivery and better thermal efficiency. In the Polo GT, this engine meets Euro 4 emissions standards, which means tax savings for company car drivers.

The maximum torque of 229 lbs ft (310 Nm) peaks at a useful 1,900 rpm for tractable performance at low engine speeds. This is helped by a variable geometry turbocharger, which is designed to ‘smooth-out’ power delivery across the rev range. A six-speed gearbox, fitted as standard, allows relaxed motorway cruising.

Positioned at the top of the Polo range, the GT is equipped with Climatic semi-automatic climate control, ABS, four airbags, six-disc CD autochanger, leather-rimmed steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, front fog lights, multi-function computer, remote central locking with alarm, front sports seats and front electric windows.

Outside, the GT is distinguished by 16″ alloy wheels, lowered suspension and chrome ‘GT’ badges.

Available to order from this week, the Polo GT is offered in three- or five-door bodystyles. Prices start at £14,250 on the road, with a £500 premium for the five-door model.