Volkswagens popular Polo has been given a new look

SA’s second best selling passenger vehicle, the VW Polo, gets new look and the latest technology

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Volkswagens popular Polo has been given a new look and fitted with the latest technology ahead of its local launch early next year.


The Volkswagen Polo is SA’s second best selling passenger car, after the Polo Vivo. To date, in 2021, 16 454 Polo’s have been sold locally, which translates to a 22.6% share of the A0 hatch segment.


What’s new?

The new Polo features an updated exterior design. The bumper and tailgate have been redesigned, as have the headlights and tail light clusters, which now come standard with the latest LED technology. A distinctive day and night time light signature includes a new LED light strip along the radiator grille in conjunction with the IQ.LIGHT Led matrix headlights. Design cues from Volkswagens all electric ID models, such as the LED crossbar are evident.


A digitalised interior

The interior now boasts a Digital Cockpit, a re-designed multi-function steering wheel, latest generation infotainment systems and wireless App-Connect, as an option. The dashboard is characterised by a horizontal design and all modules except the air conditioning are integrated into the dashboards upper crossbar with the infotainment screen located in the centre. The dual-zone climatronic air conditioner of the R-Line and GTI derivatives is now controlled by touch panels and sliders, replacing the knobs and buttons previously used.


The new Polo range will be available with a choice of three infotainment systems; Composition Colour with a 6.5-inch display, Composition Media with an 8.0-inch display and an 8.0-inch Discover Media system with navigation, wireless App-Connect.


IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist now available

The new Polo will be the first vehicle in this size and price category to be offered with the IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist feature, as an option. Travel Assist incorporates the predictive Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to create a new system that enables semi-automated driving by maintaining a set speed or distance behind the vehicle ahead of it. Additional, optional, driver assistance systems include Front Assist and Pedestrian Monitoring.


New naming convention

Henceforth the various specification levels will be known as the Polo version (base model), Polo Life (mid-level) and R-Line (premium). The range will once again include a GTI derivative.


What’s under the bonnet?

When launched in South Africa in January 2022 the new Polo will be available with three engine options. The Polo and Polo Life will be equipped with a 1.0 TSi, three-cylinder, capable of 70kW and 175Nm.


The 1.0 TSI 85kW engine will only be available in the Polo Life and Polo R-Line derivatives. Coupled to a seven-speed DSG transmission, this power plant offers 85kW and 200Nm.


The 2.0 TSI turbocharged engine in the Polo GTI offers 147kW and 320Nm from 1500rpm. This allows the GTI to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds.


Pricing and availability

Pricing for the new Polo range will be announced closer to the January 2022 launch date.


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