The Polo GT TDI has the same interior trim as the GT TSI which in turn mimics the standard Polo in the Highline variant (given a major upgrade in September 2012). The seats feel premium in spite of them just being dual tone fabric.
The leather-wrapped wheel and gear lever, the quality of the buttons and stalks and the aluminium pedals add to the premium feel of the car, but then again quality fit and finish seems to come easy to the Germans whatever be the car.
The feature list on the GT TDI is exactly the same as the Highline variant. This means climate control and a two-din music system with AUX, Bluetooth, USB, Memory card reader, iPod connectivity and four speakers. We tested out all the options on the music system and found most of them easy to connect. However, if you have a slightly older iPod connected to the system navigating through a playlist or song list can be a bit of a challenge.
The climate control is acceptable for a car in this price range and at higher fan speeds the system tends to get noisy and at times very distracting. All four windows work on a one-touch system and even when you have them up, the cabin is not very well insulated from a significant amount of road noise and characteristic diesel engine clatter.
What the insulation also fails to hide is the vibrations from the four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel engine. It can be felt in the pedal, steering wheel and the gear lever and more so when the car is revved hard. This is a relatively old engine as compared to the ones powering its rivals and lacks the refinement that one would expect in a car of this pedigree.
In fact, when I pressed the horn for the first time, it sounded muted and quite ineffective but upon repeating the activity with windows down, my expression was matched to someone standing next to a honking lorry on a busy road.
Sporty little touches in the cabin include the GT scuff plates and a gear change indicator on the orange LCD display nestled between the speedo and the RPM gauge. It shows you when to shift only once you go into third gear.