Volkswagen Polo gets bold styling updates for 2021

Published 23 April 2021

The Volkswagen Polo small hatchback has been given a major update for 2021, with styling tweaks to match the latest Golf. The updated Polo will go on sale towards the end of 2021, with prices likely to start at £18,000.

The Ford Fiesta rival gets LED headlights as standard, new front and rear bumpers and a redesigned bumper with LED brake lights. The front LEDs are available with matrix technology (called IQ light) for the first time, too, which automatically control the individual light diodes to improve night time visibility and reduce dazzling of oncoming vehicles.

As for safety systems, the Polo gets lane-keeping assistance fitted as standard, while it’s offered with Travel Assist as an option. The optional extra brings together adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance to enable partly automated driving.

Volkswagen has also incorporated the Digital Cockpit (digital instruments with an eight-inch display) as standard on all models. A range of other features that are now fitted as standard includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen (while a 9.2-inch version is available as an option), redesigned multifunction steering wheel and electric, heated exterior mirrors.

Volkswagen Polo Interior 2021

In the UK, the sixth generation Polo will be available in Life, Style and R-Line specifications — replacing the old Match, SEL and R-Line trims. The Polo GTI hot hatch will also still be offered, but the facelifted version won’t arrive in the UK until 2022.

Engines remain the same as before. The petrol options are all turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engines in 80PS, 95PS and 110PS guises. The lesser powered models come with a manual gearbox as standard, although the 95PS version gets the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox if you pay a bit extra. The 110PS variant gets the DSG auto as standard.

Volkswagen hasn't released any details on the Polo's official fuel economy figures. And there are currently no plans to offer the Polo as an electric vehicle, with Volkswagen’s ID range already filling this role.

However, you’ve got a choice of four new colours — including the swish purple pictured below. This makes the Polo one of the more personalisable cars in its class alongside the MINI Hatch.

Volkswagen Polo Purple

Sat nav still costs extra, though the system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay if you’d prefer to hook your phone up and use Google Maps or Waze instead.

The revised Volkswagen Polo is set to on sale towards the end of 2021, so expect to hear more on exact UK pricing and specs over the summer. It’s likely to cost a bit more than the current car though, so could set you back from around £18,000.

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Engineer Andy    on 23 April 2021

I wouldn't call the changes 'bold'. Expensive, yes. £18k RRP for a base model supermini - what a joke.

gavsmit    7 days ago

The only thing 'bold' about this minor refresh is VW's cheek in asking a huge amount more money for some LED lights and some cheap electronic gadgets (we'll see how much the actual asking price turns out to be but I bet it's going to be more than £18k).

They obviously got jealous of Toyota and Honda asking just shy of £20k for their small car offerings so implemented the now widely-used car maker con of introducing a mild refresh to justify adding a few grand to the list prices.

You'd be mad to buy a new car these days, even on a leasing option where you throw away money each month, and pay interest charges on an already extortionate list price, just to own nothing.

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