2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI teased: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
May 10, 2021

An updated version of the Volkswagen Polo GTI hot hatch has been teased and should come with more power plus a tweaked interior. Read on for full details.

  • New Volkswagen Polo GTI teased
  • Tweaked exterior design
  • Updated, digital-focused interior
  • Boost to 210hp expected
  • Manual gearbox on the way
  • Reveal due in June
  • Arrives in UK in 2022
  • Priced from around £25,000

An updated version of the Volkswagen Polo GTI has been revealed in official teaser images. This alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST and Hyundai i20 N will see power boosted to 210hp, along with more of a digital focus for the interior.

Expect it to arrive in the UK in 2022 and cost from around £25,000.

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI design

New headlights and fresh alloys look set to come to the Polo GTI

Like the rest of the recently-revised Volkswagen Polo range, the GTI hot hatch will see a pretty substantial facelift — as you can see from this preview sketch.

Up front, you can expect there to be new headlights and a reshaped lower grille. An LED light bar will stretch the width of the front too.

The rear lights of the new Polo (pictured) should continue through to the GTI

Trademark red GTI highlights will remain across the front of the car, with a new set of alloys seemingly teased in this drawing. Just don’t expect them to be so large on the real car.

What does Mat make of the outgoing Polo GTI?

You can expect the new boomerang-like rear lights of the standard Polo to feature, with a new rear bumper possible too.

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI interior and infotainment

Expect changes to be in line with the new standard car (pictured)

Changes to the interior of the Volkswagen Polo GTI are likely to be minimal, though should carry a heavier focus on digital tech like the rest of the updated Polo range.

Like the base Polo (pictured), the GTI should come with a digital driver’s display as standard

A 10.25-inch digital driver’s display is almost certain to come as standard, with climate controls integrated within the 8.0-inch infotainment system rather than having separate physical buttons.

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI engine and performance

The new GTI will use the same engine as the outgoing car (shown above), albeit with power boosted to 210hp

The updated Volkswagen Polo GTI will use the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the outgoing car, but will see power boosted to 210hp. This will give it the advantage over its main alternative, the Ford Fiesta ST, as well as the upcoming Hyundai i20 N.

It’s rumoured a six-speed manual gearbox will finally come to this generation of the hot hatch, with a seven-speed DSG automatic optional. Power will still be sent to the front wheels, with adaptive suspension optionally available as well.

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI price and release date

The updated Volkswagen Polo GTI will be revealed in June, before order books open towards the end of the year.

First deliveries in the UK are likely to come early in 2022. Pricing should start around £25,000 — a slight premium over the outgoing car to account for its upgraded tech and more powerful engine.

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