VW Polo 2021 Breaks Cover, Gets Numerous Updates Inside Out

The VW Polo 2021 comes with a bunch of interesting technology and equipment upgrades

Volkswagen has revealed the 2021 guise of the globally acclaimed Polo nameplate. The VW Polo has been one of the most successful models for the carmaker and one of the most sold compact cars across the world. The sixth generation of the Polo had been launched in 2017, and now comes a major facelift with a bunch of changes.


While the actual shape remains true to the Polo nameplate, there have been significant tweaks in many areas of design. Gorgeous LED headlamps are now standard on the car, while LED Matrix Lighting ( IQ Light system, previously seen on the VW Toureg) can be had as an option. The new Polo also comes with an illuminated LED strip running along its grille, as seen previously in the teaser. The front bumper has been redrawn and now looks more like that of the VW Golf R. The redesigned rear bumper has chrome effect faux exhaust tips and a diffuser finished in gloss black.

The car gets a new set of alloy wheels from Ronda. The boot and the tail lamps have all been tweaked as well. Look at the new Polo and one could easily draw connections with the bigger Golf and the all-electric ID range in terms of design. There are four new colors on offer for the Polo facelift- Ascot Gray, Kings Red, Vibrant Violet, and Rauchgrau in addition to the existing shades of Pure White, Reflex Silver and Reef Blue and Deep Black.

Cabin And Equipment

Much has changed inside the cabin as well. The 2021 Polo facelift has a cabin that looks upmarket and has a pleasant air to it. It gets a lot of equipment addition including some segment-first features. The new Polo has 6.5, 8 and 9.2 inch infotainment systems on the standard, Style and R line trims, featuring modern day connectivity techs like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Ready2Discover. As a first in its class, an 8 inch digital cockpit comes standard while a bigger 10.25 inch unit can be had as an option. The steering now gets a new design that would instantly remind you of the Volkwagen Golf.

2021 Volkswagen Polo interior


There are quite a few highlights on the specification front as well. The new Polo is available with a natural aspirated 1.0L engine in two states of tune – 80hp and 93hp, both mated to a 5 speed MT. Then there is the Polo TSI with the 1.0L TSI mill churning 95 hp and 110 hp in two different states of tune, mated to the 7 speed DSG. VW AG is also offering a CNG version that can produce 90hp and 160 Nm as well. However, there is still no diesel engine on offer.

Autonomous Driving Is A First In Its Class!

You hear that right! The 2021 Polo facelift offers partly automated driving. The car can be had with the optional assist system- IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, which essentially combines the convenience offered by a predictive Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to provide some early taste of partly automated driving. This is in fact, a first in the segment which the Polo falls into.

India Launch?

While we have had no official word on it yet, Volkswagen could bring the new Polo to India in the near future. The Indian spec would be built on the heavily localized MQB A0 IN platform and could have the familiar 1.0 engines, and apparently ditch a number of features. Going by the carmaker’s ‘SUV brand’ strategy for India, it remains to be seen as to when Volkswagen would actually bring the VW polo facelift 2021 to the Indian shores.


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