For the European market, Volkswagen has given the Polo a facelift. The sixth-generation Polo, which is currently on sale in Europe, is not the same as the fifth-generation Polo sold in India. The MQB-A0 platform underpins the sixth-generation sedan, which is also longer than the India-spec edition.
If you’ve seen the sixth-generation Polo, you’ll note the improvements in this facelift right away. The headlamps have been redesigned to include LED daytime running lights. There are MATRIX LED lights that can detect oncoming traffic and instantly dim. The two headlamps are connected by a light bar that runs beneath the front grille.
The configuration of the alloy wheels has also improved, but the most noticeable change is the headlight. The Polo’s squarish tail lamps have been replaced by horizontally stretched-out units that are more in line with the Volkswagen Group’s other vehicles. The Volkswagen logo has been moved under the Polo badging on the boot. The Polo’s R-Line version gets restyled bumpers as well.
The interior hasn’t improved much. It continues to be available with a digital instrument cluster as an option, and the touchscreen remains driver-centric. Apart from that, it has a black interior and blue ambient lighting. The temperature control buttons have also been updated, with a touch pad replacing the buttons.
The Polo is also available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine (65PS, 75PS, 95PS turbo, 115PS turbo), a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with 150PS, and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in the GTI model. There are three transmission options available: a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed DSG (dual clutch transmission). There are also diesel and compressed natural gas alternatives.