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Polo GTI Owner feature - Sheldon Trollope

Owner: Sheldon Trollope
Occupation: Editorial Director at Magic Pen Publishing
Model: Polo GTI

So tell us a bit about what you do.

I am the Publisher of evo Singapore, a monthly automotive magazine dedicated to 'The Thrill of Driving'.


Cool, you must be quite the car expert. So why the Polo GTI?

In my line of work, I get to drive lots of cars but when I took the Polo GTI out for a review, I actually pulled over and called the PR manager to tell him I wanted to buy this very car. Press cars have a reputation for being abused by journalists, but I was confident that Volkswagen cars are tough enough to withstand this treatment. To this day, it's still on its original brake pads!

What do you like about your car?

For me, the Golf GTI is like a 'Giant Killer' with its combination of performance and understated styling that can keep up with more expensive and powerful cars. This is also true of the Polo GTI and I feel that it's closer in spirit to the original Golf GTI of the '70s mainly due to its compact size.

Any interesting experiences with your car you'd like to share?

When I last sent my car for servicing, I discovered that VW aftersales service standards have improved dramatically over the last three years. It's now much easier to book a service date. Having a direct line to my service advisor as a point of contact is also an extremely effective way of ensuring that my Polo GTI gets the care it needs.