South Africa’s second best-selling car is getting a facelift

German carmaker Volkswagen says it will launch its updated sixth-generation Polo model in South Africa in January 2022.

The latest model, which is being built in Kariega in the Eastern Cape, will receive a facelift and will be available in a number of new variants, the group said.

In South Africa, 78,848 units of the sixth generation Polo have been sold since the vehicle launched into the market in January 2018, and it currently has more than a 20% share in the A0 Hatch segment.

“The Volkswagen Polo is South Africa’s second best-selling passenger car after the Polo Vivo. In 2021, 16 454 Polos have been sold in the local market which translates to a share of 22.6% in the A0 Hatch segment,” said Steffen Knapp, head of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand.


Volkswagen said that the updated Polo will feature a new exterior design, with the bumper and tailgate both new additions.

The Polo will also feature changed headlights and taillight clusters which come standard with LED technology. Most notably, the Polo has taken a design cue from Volkswagen’s new ID models, and the new Golf and will include an LED light strip along the radiator grille.

The interior of the Polo now boasts a digital cockpit, a re-designed multi-function steering wheel, new-generation infotainment systems and wireless app-connect. All modules except the air conditioning are integrated into the dashboard’s upper crossbar with the infotainment system screen located in the centre.

Volkswagen said that Polo will also be the first vehicle in its class to be offered with the optional travel assist feature. When travel assist is active, the Polo brakes, accelerates and steers automatically within the system limits. This semi-automated assist system relieves the strain on drivers, especially on long journeys, the carmaker said.

New variants

The updated Polo has also moved to Volkswagen’s new naming convention. Previously, the Polo was available in the Trendline (base model), Comfortline (mid-level) and Highline (premium) versions.

The new naming convention features the Polo version (base model), Polo Life (mid-level) and R-Line (premium). The new Polo will also be available in a GTI derivative.

In South Africa, the new Volkswagen Polo will be available in three turbo-charged petrol engines:

  • The 1.0 TSI 70kW engine will be available in the Polo and Polo Life specifications. The three-cylinder engine, which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, delivers 70kW of power and maximum torque of 175Nm. It takes 10.8 seconds to complete the zero to 100km/h sprint.
  • The 1.0 TSI 85kW DSG engine is only available in the Polo Life and Polo R-Line specifications. The three-cylinder engine, which is coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission, delivers 85kW of power and maximum torque of 200Nm. It takes 11.3 seconds to complete the zero to 100km/h sprint.
  • The new Polo GTI is a front-wheel drive and will launch with a 2.0 TSI turbo-charged engine that delivers a power output of 147kW. The maximum torque is 320Nm at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. It completes the zero to 100km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds.


Launch details 

Pricing for the new Polo range in South Africa will be confirmed closer to the launch date in January 2022.  Current pricing for the sixth-generation Polo variants is as follows:

  • Trendline – R298,800
  • Comfortline – R336,400
  • Highline – R383,100
  • GTI – R466,500

The new Polo will be available in eight exterior colours:

  • Ascot Grey (new),
  • Smoky Grey Metallic (new),
  • Kings Red Metallic (new),
  • Vibrant Violet Metallic (new),
  • Pure White,
  • Reflex Silver Metallic,
  • Reef Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect.

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