The five-door Volkswagen Polo retained the body but received new design elements, including a “monobrow” between the matrix headlights. There are more options, the equipment is “richer”, and the list of power units is again cut back.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo has been produced since 2017, so the time for restyling has already come. The hatchback has been updated following the platform Seat Ibiza, and in early May, another car on the MQB-A0 architecture will show its new products – the next-generation Skoda Fabia.
The updated “Polo” differs from the pre-reform model in the design of the front and stern. The new LED lighting technology is already in the basic version, and for a surcharge, matrix LED headlights IQ. Light with a thin luminous DRL strip along the radiator grill will be offered. In addition, the taillights have become more massive, with additional sections on the tailgate.
By analogy with the older Volkswagen Golf, the Polo has changed the list of trim levels. Instead of Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline – Polo, Life, Style, and R-Line. There will also be a sports GTI version, but it will only be presented in the summer.
The interior has retained the layout, and the equipment has been changed. In particular, the usual instrument scale with arrows will no longer exist – even in the basic configuration, a virtual panel on an 8-inch screen is provided. And for expensive configurations, a 10.25-inch screen is prepared with several display modes and the ability to display a navigation map.
Depending on the version, the Polo will be equipped with a media system with a touchscreen of 6.5, 8, or 9.2 inches. The top device is MIB3, like the new Volkswagen Golf. All versions have a central airbag between the front seats, and the optional climate control is now controlled by a unit with touch keys.
For a surcharge, you can order the IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist system, which is the second level of autonomy driving assistant. It comes with a steering wheel with capacitive sensors, with the help of which the electronics monitor the presence of hands-on on the rim.
Diesel engines from Polo were “taken away” last year, and this year – they excluded from the range of petrol “turbo-four” 1.5 TSI with 150 hp. Thus, four modifications with three-cylinder engines remain “in service”. The basic “aspirated” 1.0 MPI (80 hp) is combined with a five-speed “mechanics”, the 1.0 TSI turbo version (95 hp) is offered with a “mechanics” or a seven-speed “robot” DSG, and the 110-horsepower version is aggregated exclusively with DSG. The fourth modification is the methane 1.0 TGI (90 hp), which is produced only with six-speed “mechanics”.
The European start of sales of the refreshed Polo should begin in the summer of 2021. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the base version with the weakest engine is expected to be no more than € 16,000.