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Did a 1300km road trip in my VW Polo GT TSI: 4 pros & 4 cons observed

Its compact nature made it practical on narrow roads in Goa and a blast to drive on the wider ones.

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I just returned from a 1300km road trip from Bangalore to Goa. Here are some things I loved and disliked about my newly acquired pre-worshipped GT TSI.

What I loved:

  • The torque from the little 1.2 tsi paired with the DSG leaves everything behind from a standstill at toll plazas.
  • The car is so chuckable, and manoeuvering through truck traffic on the highway was a breeze.
  • Its compact nature made it practical on narrow roads in Goa and a blast to drive on the wider ones.
  • The car feels planted at high speeds, and a lot of that speed can be carried through corners on the highway.

What I disliked:

  • The suspension tends to bottom out at the front over some of the expansion joints in the road with a loud thud unless you slow down to around 70-80 kmph.
  • The car also feels a little skittish over undulating surfaces.
  • It gets pretty loud in the cabin at speed. Largely down to the road noise from the crappy MRF ZVTV tires on the car.
  • The braking performance needs to be improved (maybe a big brake kit or better rotors and pads), which isn't aided by the lack of engine braking when the car sits in D7 on the highway. I also noticed a lot of brake dust on the wheels.

Last but not least, some pictures from the trip:

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