Volkswagen has updated the sixth-gen Polo for the international markets, giving it styling tweaks and more tech on the inside. As a result, with a refreshed face that puts on new LED-headlamps and a full-length DRL, the Polo is now in line with other VW’s hatchbacks like the Golf and the ID 3. It also wears new front and rear bumpers, a redesigned tailgate which now sports Polo lettering below the VW badge and LED tail-lights. While the wheelbase remains the same, the facelifted version is slightly longer, owing to its reprofiled bumpers.
On the inside, there’s a new steering wheel and a standard fitment 6.5-inch touchscreen, offering all the latest connectivity options. A larger 9.2-inch version is also available as an option, while the new slider temperature control that sits lower down the centre console is brought over from the Golf.
For the first time though, the Polo can be had with a level two autonomous driving feature (called Travel Assist). First seen on the Passat, this brings together adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance to enable partly automated driving at up to 210kmph. A more regular version of lane-keeping assistance is fitted as standard across the range.
The engine under the hood remains identical to the outgoing version, making use of a 1.0-litre engine that produces 79bhp in the N.A form and 108bhp in the turbocharged guise. Gearbox options include manual or dual-clutch automatic, depending on engine and variant.
India still gets the fifth-generation Polo on offer, and while this ageing hatchback is long overdue a generation update, VW has no immediate plans of bringing the new Polo to our shores yet. With their SUVW strategy, the brand is primarily focusing on SUVs across the range to suit the market demand. Having the latest hatchback will certainly freshen things up in VW’s showrooms, but it looks like that proposition will have to wait for a few more years.