The 2021 Volkswagen Polo has just been revealed by the German brand overnight, bringing in refreshed styling, more equipment and autonomous driving capabilities to one of our favourite small cars. With Australian sales due to start in early 2022 for the new model, the refreshed Polo has been styled to mirror the soon to be launched Volkswagen Golf Mk8.
Up front, expect to see sleeker and more modern headlights, with clever LED lighting being the name of the game. European Polos will now all feature LED lights as standard with fancier LED matrix headlights available on higher end models. New bumpers feature at both ends along with fresh alloy wheel options. The rear has also been revised to look wider with LED tail-lights that stretch onto the tailgate. All very mini-Golf to our eyes.
Inside, Volkswagen has waved their magic wand at the 2021 Polo’s interior too. Even the cheapest models come with 8.0-inch digital dials, along with a a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted high up on the dash. Higher end models will come with a 10.25-inch display in front of the driver and a more premium 9.2-inch infotainment system. In front of the driver is Volkswagen’s new steering wheel, along with the brand’s new logo which mirrors the steering wheel found in other freshly launched VW products such as the Golf Mk8 and new Tiguan.
On the tech front, Volkswagen has endowed the baby Polo with some very high end safety and driver assistance systems. The Travel Assist system assists drivers with keeping their lane at higher speeds and can automatically adjust the vehicles’s speed to road and traffic conditions, bringing the Polo to a complete stop autonomously, even in traffic.
Volkswagen didn’t mention any changes to the engines on offer, with no new hybrid models launched to mirror the Ford Fiesta in Europe which can be had with a mild-hybrid option. Expect the existing Australian engine lineup of 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engines to continue through to the facelifted 2021 Volkswagen Polo coming next year, with pricing due to be announced a few months before the local launch.