Volkswagen updates the Polo with fancy headlights and added safety tech

A new Polo GTI will follow in 2022
by Tom Harrison | Apr 23, 2021
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Welcome one and all to the newly facelifted Volkswagen Polo. And yes, before you ask, there will be a new Polo GTI. Not until 2022, though, so back to the standard car for now…

The Volkswagen Polo

Unsurprisingly it looks much the same as the existing sixth-gen Polo that’s been with us since 2017. You can tell the new one apart by its new head- and taillights, full-width DRLs, and re-profiled bumpers. Pictured here in schporty R-Line trim, in which the updated car looks its newest, the facelifted Polo is set to arrive in the UK towards the end of this year.

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The Volkswagen Polo Head Lamp Close Up

The big news is all tech. The new Polo gets LED headlights and taillights as standard, but you can upgrade to clever ‘Matrix’ LEDs up front. Moreover, you can specify VW’s ‘Travel Assist’ driver aid that bundles together adaptive cruise control and lane assist to keep you a set distance from the car ahead and centered in your lane. Clever stuff for a supermini.

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The Volkswagen Polo Steering Wheel

Inside, there’s a new steering wheel—with actual buttons, not touch-sensitive panels like the Golf’s—and VW’s latest-gen connected infotainment system. Some versions get the touch-sensitive climate controls from the new Tiguan and Arteon.

There’s only one engine—a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol with 79, 94, or 108hp. Manual and DSG automatic gearboxes are available.

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The Volkswagen Polo Angled Rear View

VW has realigned the Polo range—the entry-level trim is called ‘Life,’ then you’ve got ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line.’ We’re promised standard spec is generous regardless of which one you go for.

Fancy one of these over the recently facelifted Seat Ibiza (the same car underneath, of course), or the mighty Ford Fiesta?

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More photos of the Volkswagen Polo:

The Volkswagen Polo Profile

The Volkswagen Polo Dashboard and Steering Wheel

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The Volkswagen Polo Infotainment System

The Volkswagen Polo Center Console and Charging Dock

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The Volkswagen Polo Front Tire

The Volkswagen Polo Rear Emblem

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The Volkswagen Polo Exhaust

The Volkswagen Polo Rear View

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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