New 2022 VW Polo spotted: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
January 12, 2021

The small but practical Volkswagen Polo will be treated to a few cosmetic upgrades in 2021 and could come with revised infotainment features and a new engine borrowed from the latest VW Golf. Read on for full details. 

  • New VW Polo spotted
  • Subtle design tweaks
  • Revised head- and brake lights
  • Interior upgrades possible
  • Infotainment revisions likely
  • Engine range likely to carry over
  • New mild-hybrid option possible
  • On sale in 2022

The Volkswagen Polo is larger than an Up city car and smaller than the Golf hatchback. It’s one of the most upmarket small hatchbacks on sale and, as you can see from these photos, is about to receive some design tweaks to help it keep pace with the likes of the new Vauxhall Corsa, the sporty Ford Fiesta and the achingly stylish Peugeot 208.

New VW Polo design

The new 2022 VW Polo won’t look dramatically different from today’s car. 

You can see that the prototype in these photos isn’t covered with a great deal of camouflage, so it’s safe to assume that the upcoming VW Polo won’t look drastically different from the outgoing model.

This prototype sports a set of new lights and bumpers, but that’s about it…

The headlights and front bumper have been tweaked slightly and take (at least some) inspiration from the new Volkswagen Golf’s design. In short, the current Polo’s fog lights have gone and there’s a new, straighter bit of chrome trim that runs through the grille and into the headlights. The brake lights, though partly covered by silver plastic, appear to be larger than before and now stretch onto the boot lid.

New VW Polo interior

The outgoing car’s cabin (shown here) could receive infotainment upgrades for 2022).

Expect VW to take the ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ approach to the VW Polo’s interior. Sure, the outgoing car’s cabin didn’t exactly get the pulse racing, but it looked smart, felt fairly well built and was easy to use.

Watch our VW Polo review

The touchscreen infotainment system is likely to get a few software updates to make it faster and more intuitive, but the rest of the Polo’s impressively practical (for a car this size) interior will be mostly the same as before.

New VW Polo engines and driving

The current Polo’s range of economical engines will likely be carried over to the new car. 

The new Volkswagen Polo should come with the same range of engines as the outgoing car, though VW could also add the Golf’s 110hp 1.0-litre mild-hybrid unit, too. In the Golf, this uses a small electric motor to give the engine a slight boost when you accelerate. It also acts as a generator to recoup energy that’d otherwise go to waste when you brake, but it can’t power the car on its own. This is why it’s a mild, rather than a full-on, hybrid.

Watch our Polo GTI review

Expect the faster Polo GTI to receive a subtle makeover, too. Its 200hp 2.0-litre engine isn’t expected to get any extra power, but the 2022 GTI should at least come with a few interior upgrades and styling tweaks to match the standard car’s revised specification.

New VW Polo price and release date

You should be able to get your hands on the new Polo in late 2021 or early 2022. 

You can expect the new Volkswagen Polo to go on sale in late 2021 or early 2022. Chances are, the new car will cost broadly the same as the outgoing model. Entry-level versions will likely set you back from around £17,000, while top-spec cars will cost close to £22,000. If VW chooses to add the Golf’s mild-hybrid engine to the Polo mix, that’ll cost slightly more again, however.

If you can’t wait for this new car to go on sale, check out the latest VW Polo deals available on the current car, check out carwow’s pick of the best hatchbacks on sale or get help choosing your ideal new car

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