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New VW Polo – South African specifications and launch date

VW has announced that the 2022 Polo hatchback will go on sale in South Africa in January 2022.

It will be available in four specifications – Polo, Polo Life, Polo R-Line, and Polo GTI.

Three turbo-petrol motors will be on offer at launch, with the GTI featuring the 2.0-litre unit fitted to the current range-topping Polo.

The popular hatchback underwent a complete styling overhaul for the upcoming model and it now features a digitalised interior, and an optional IQ.Drive travel assist package for the first time.

Polo features

The “Polo” will replace the Polo Trendline in 2022 as the entry-level model.

As standard, it will offer all-round LED lights, a multifunction steering wheel, a 6.5-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electrically-adjustable and heated wing mirrors, all-round electric windows, “Basket style” fabric seats, and 14-inch steel wheels.

Optional extras for this derivative include 15-inch “Essex” alloy wheels and the smoker’s package.

Polo Life features

The Polo Life replaces the Polo Comfortline in 2022, with this model getting the 15-inch “Essex” alloys, a leather multifunction steering wheel and gear lever, and “Slash” fabric seats – in addition to the features of the entry-level specification.

Optional extras for the Polo Life include LED matrix headlights, 16-inch “Torsby” wheels, larger infotainment systems, a rear view camera, keyless entry, the smoker’s package, and three different safety packages that bring driver assist systems such as lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Polo R-Line features

The R-Line specification was previously only available as an optional extra on the Polo Comfortline and Trendline, but will become a standalone model for the new-generation Polo.

This variant is fitted with R-Line-exclusive bumpers, a diffuser with chrome exhaust panels, and 16-inch “Valencia” alloy wheels.

Standard interior equipment comprises dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch infotainment display, a wireless charger, and R-Line fabric seats.

The optional accessories for this model are identical to those of the Polo Life, except for the ability to install a Beats sound system.

Polo GTI features

The top-of-the-line Polo GTI is set apart from the line-up through a host of functional and cosmetic components.

This includes a unique exterior design that incorporates GTI insignia, honeycomb grilles, red brake calipers, 17-inch “Milton Keynes” wheels, and a red stripe in the grille.

The GTI also comes with sports suspension as standard – making it sit 15mm lower than the rest of the range – and is available in four colours – white, black, red, and blue.

Standard features for this derivative include dual-zone climate control, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, and an 8-inch infotainment display with a wireless charger.

Optional equipment for the GTI that is not available on the Polo R-Line or Life includes an Iron Grey dashboard trim, 18-inch “Faro” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and leather seats.


The 2022 VW Polo and Polo Life are fitted with a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine that generates 70kW and 175Nm.

The motor connects to a five-speed manual transmission and takes the hatchbacks to 100km/h in 10.8 seconds.

The Polo R-Line and Life Auto feature the same engine, tuned to deliver 85kW and 200Nm, coupled to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

This motor sends these models to 100km/h in a slightly slower 11.3 seconds.

The new Polo GTI then gets a 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine that puts out 147kW and 320Nm, allowing it to reach 100km/h in 6.7 seconds.


South African pricing for the 2022 VW Polo will be announced closer to its launch date, said VW South Africa.

The current Polo hatchback range starts at R298,800 and goes up to R466,500.


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