Juliet Reviews…The Volkswagen Polo

Ok, so this review is jumping the gun a bit, in fact, one can’t really call it a review. But a new Volkswagen Polo is exciting enough to warrant being written about before we have even driven it. Which we will hopefully get to do early in 2022. So here is the info we know so far about the new Polo.

We will see a sportier and fresher look to the front and rear of the new Polo. Which, at this time, happens to be the second best-selling passenger car in South Africa. LED headlights and taillights are now standard across the range and it will have a distinctive signature which is a LED light strip along the radiator grille. This is combined with the IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights…which is standard on the new Polo GTI.


A digital cockpit greets you as you step inside the new Polo. The multi-function steering wheel has also been completely redesigned and a new generation infotainment system with wireless App-Connect is available as an option. It will also, for the first time, be offered with the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist feature.


In case you were expecting trim level names as Trendline etc, I am here to tell you that the naming convention has changed. It will now come in Polo, which is the entry-level model, Polo Life (mid-level) and Polo R-Line, which is the most premium model, barring the GTI derivative of course.

The Polo Life 70kW boasts features that were previously optional now as standard. These are the digital dashboard display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), electric folding mirrors and lumbar support for the driver and front passenger. The Polo Life 85kW DSG adds a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles. And the R-Line model then sports different bumpers as well as features such as 16-inch Valencia alloy wheels, Composition Media infotainment system with inductive mobile charging and the two-zone climatronic air-conditioning system.

The top of the pyramid GTI boasts autonomous emergency braking with front assist, which was not available in the outgoing model, as well as 17-inch Milton Keynes alloy wheels. It is only available in four exterior colours: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl Effect, Kings Red Metallic and Reef Blue Metallic. The dominating colours in the interior are black, red, grey and chrome. As typical for GTI models, the roof pillars and headliner are Titanium Black. The trim on the dash panel is now finished in a striking Kings Red glossy colour.


You can choose between a 1.0 TSI with 70kW and 175Nm or the 1.0 TSI with 85kW and 200Nm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. As is with the previous GTI, it is powered by a the 2.0 TSI turbo-charged engine and delivers a power output of 147kW and 320Nm.

Look out for our review early next year.


• 1.0 TSI 70kW Manual – R311 800
• Life 1.0 TSI 70kW Manual – R350 000
• GTI 2.0 TSI 147kW DSG® – R489 400

The new Volkswagen Polo comes standard with a three-year or 120 000km warranty, three-year or 45 000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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