2022 Volkswagen Polo Facelift Unveiled

  • Apr 22, 2021
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Here are five things you need to know about the facelifted VW Polo that could be launched in India by 2023


This is your official first look at the facelifted sixth-gen VW Polo. Now, we get it. Indians still have to drive around in the fifth-gen model. But the carmaker is considering the sixth-gen Polo for India, and it could well be the facelifted model that packs a raft of new and sensible driver assistance features. 

So without further ado, here are five things you must know about the upgraded hatch:

Exterior Design


Considering it’s a facelift, updates are limited to revised Matrix LED headlamps (similar functionality to the Tiguan), tail lamps, new alloy wheels, a new connected LED DRL strip, and sportier-looking bumpers. These aside, Volkswagen  has also made some sheet metal changes (rare for facelifted models) to accommodate the Golf-like split-LED tail lamps. There’s also the carmaker’s new logo vying for your attention. 

Interior Styling


The basic dashboard layout might be the same as before, but the carmaker has spruced things up with elements borrowed from larger VWs. For instance, the touch-based climate controls have been inspired by the facelifted Tiguan, while the steering wheel design is similar to Volkswagen’s ID electric cars. The touchscreen infotainment system is also larger now (at 9.2 inches). 

Features Onboard

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These include Matrix LED headlamps, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance (both firsts on the Polo), ambient lighting, and keyless entry with push-button start. Passenger safety will be secured by multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, and electronic stability control. 

Engine Options


Under the hood, the facelifted Polo retains its 1.0-litre petrol engines. These include an 80PS MPI unit paired with a 5-speed manual, a 95PS TSI, and a 110PS TSI. A seven-speed DCT comes optional in the 95PS and standard in the 110PS unit. 

Also, a more powerful GTI engine will be introduced moving forward. 

If launched in India, the new Polo will likely share the Kushaq’s 115PS 1.0-litre TSI engine, paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic. 

India Launch On The Cards?

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The carmaker is mulling an India launch of the sixth-gen Polo, considering the MQB A0 platform (which the hatch is based on) has been localised. That said, VW may need to tweak it slightly to position the Polo as a sub-4m offering. We reckon it could be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).

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