Polo 2017 would be hopelessly outdated today.
I do believe if it drove in 2017 it would have been one of the fastest if not the fastest car on most rallies, however the pace of development has also been huge since.
Just check the stagetimes on same or similar stages between 2017 and 2019 and by all accounts it looks like dramatic improvements. Most of the improvement is from new parts but a lot is actually from perfecting the setups of the cars.
Anyway this is off topic here and since this thread is about News and Rumours 2019 and 2019 season is over I think it's time to move to the 2020 thread.
Not that dramatic, you can compare. There is that, ofc, but there is different weather, different drivers, different chicanes, different problems, different standings, different itinerary ( so different wear in tyres, level of fuel, exhaustion)...etc. Way too many variables.
I did compare, typically more than 0.2 s/km from 2018 to 2019, from 2017 to 2019 it's from 0.5 s/km upwards.
Being 0.5 s/km slower would mean you finish around 7th place on most rallies this year.
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