One of the most recognizable cars on SA streets has just received a facelift featuring some exterior styling tweaks but still remains familiar to the eye. Not only that but it also has the latest features like I.Q matrix LED lights, I.Q Drive Travel Assist and adaptive cruise control. This gives it a big jump further from the competition which is not necessary for the Polo because it is the best-selling compact hatch with 18 Million units sold globally. In South Africa, the 6th generation Polo managed to sell more than 65000 units since its launch in 2018 clearly making it a popular choice with customers.
The noticeable design change can be seen on the front end which includes a slightly different headlight design, an LED strip light that runs across the upper grille and the lower part has an aggressive looking high-gloss black mesh grille. The rear includes new taillights design and some fake exhausts in chrome. It almost looks like the 7th generation Golf and this can’t be surprising as most of the influence is taken from its bigger brother. Please note the model we are describing is the R-Line shown on these pictures.
The trim lines have changed to four which are Polo, Life, Style and R-Line, and now each come with more equipment as standard including LED headlights and taillights, a multifunction steering wheel and lane assist for the entry-level model. The Polo kicks off the range with features including a 6.5-inch touchscreen Composite Media, Bluetooth mobile phone interface, 14-inch wheels, electric windows and electric side mirrors now as standard. A step up from the Polo is the Life which includes 15-inch wheels, a centre armrest with an additional USB-C Port, App Connect, a leather steering wheel and gear knob.
The Style and R-Line share the spot for the top of the range lines whilst the R-Line adds sporty exterior styling which is evident with the 16-inch Valencia wheels. The Style line has premium equipment as standard like the I.Q LED lights, LED fog lights, chrome-look crossbars, 15-inch Ronda wheels and Park Distance Control. Inside there is the familiar 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro with map view and there is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with App Connect wireless. Onboard Satellite Navigation is optional.
The facelifted Polo is expected to land in SA at the beginning of 2022. It certainly looks much better and has more equipment as standard but it begs the question of how much of a price increase will it have for the base model? We will find out when prices are announced.
Source: Volkswagen Polo Press Release