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VW Polo Review - An Updated Icon

02 Dec 2022

New Polo Review Quick Links

  • New Polo Overview
  • New Polo Performance & Drive
  • New Polo Comfort & Convenience
  • New Polo Technology & Safety
  • Bonus: Polo GTI Review
  • Buy A VW Polo Today

New Polo Overview

The New VW Polo is a welcome addition to the numerous generations of Polos from the German Automotive brand Volkswagen. Working off a base of success, the 2022 VW Polo was upgraded with new features and a breathtaking new design. In a sea of passenger vehicles, the new Polo stands out as a sleek and efficient city car. Not only has this vehicle changed on the outside, but the interior of the vehicle has been improved significantly.

According to an article by Top Auto, the new Polo sold 7976 units in the first half of the year. Proving that the VW Polo’s popularity continues to rise in a sea of new vehicles being released in South Africa. Not only is the New Polo an icon in South Africa, but it is a popular choice for international VW fans.


So with all the excitement around the new Polo, you may be wondering what the big deal is. Well, from the quality of the build to the finishing touches – the new Polo forging the path for passenger vehicles globally. There are 5 different trim levels on offer for the new Volkswagen Polo. It can be said that the ultimate freedom is choice, so take your pick and enjoy the journey.

New VW Polo Trim Levels & Prices

Trim LevelRecommended Retail Price
New Polo
New Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSIR329,300
New Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI LifeR369,700
New Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Life DSGR391,400
New Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI R-Line DSGR445,500
New Volkswagen Polo 2.0 GTI DSGR514,500


New Polo Performance & Drive

The VW Polo is one of the most impressive passenger cars in the world. With a beautiful exterior and roomy interior, you might think “can I have it all?”. And with the new Polo, yes, you can! Although each model in the VW Polo range differs slightly in their engine specifications, every member of the Polo family is a dream to drive.


The regular Polo vehicles (excluding the GTI) all have a 3-cylinder engine with a capacity of 999 cm cubed. The Polo and Polo Life have a power output of 70kW @ 5000 - 5500 r/min. The Polo Life DSG and Polo R-Line have a higher output of 85kW @ 5000 - 5500 r/min. Of course, the sporty and sleek Polo 2.0 TSI GTI has the highest power output of 147 @ 4400 - 6 000 r/min. The GTI paves the way for punchy passenger vehicles, with premium trims.

All of the New Polo vehicles are turbocharged with the VW TSI technology. Volkswagen Australia Online explains just exactly what a Turbocharged Stratified Injection is: “TSI technology brings more efficiency from smaller units — resulting in the ability to travel longer distances from less fuel.

Built to be strong and light, TSI engines all deliver high specific torque from much lower revs, to make Volkswagen cars more lively, economical and clean-running. Volkswagen TSI engines combine direct injection with turbocharging, and also feature an intercooler to deliver more efficient motoring.”

Benefits Of The TSI Engine

  • Maximises power while limiting fuel consumption
  • Uncompromising engine efficiency
  • Save on costs with high-tech fuel economy
  • No delays in engine power
  • Better performance with no engine size increase
  • Various power and & torque options with your TSI

If you’d like to learn more about the performance of the new Polo, you can check out Top Gear’s article in the VW Polo Review.


New Polo Comfort & Convenience

This VW Polo review simply can’t skip over the ultimate comfort and convenience of the New Polo range. With a spacious interior, there’s space for all of the gang, and all of the gang’s gear. The interior of the VW Polo comes standard with some great comfort features. Let’s go over some of the interior highlights in the new Polo range.

Polo Vivo Comfort Features

  • Air Conditioning or Climatronic Air Conditioning
  • 12-volt power socket in the centre console
  • Height and reach the adjustable steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Sport comfort seats
  • Interior cloth seat trim or partial leather seat trim
  • Three rear head restraints
  • Power adjustable heated mirrors

(Please note the features above will differ among vehicles and their respective trim levels.)


The new Polo is a masterclass in ultimate convenience. From small touches such as electric windows for every passenger to voice control – this Polo has it all. You won’t have to worry about any aggravations in this vehicle, as everything has been created with your best drive in mind.

The Volkswagen Polo also comes in a variety of different trim levels. And what’s more convenient than being able to choose your ideal Polo? Each vehicle has its own respective benefits and specs that will allow it to find a parking spot right in your heart.

Convenience is personified in the Digital Cockpit. Your drive’s details are always right on-hand with a digital dashboard featuring speed and RPM, as well as a high-tech information display. The steering wheel features multi-function buttons for extra ease of operation. So with voice control, a large clear touchscreen and a multi-function steering wheel – your eyes can stay on the road for elevated driving safety.

New Polo Technology & Safety

The New Polo is built to last and built for a safe drive, every time your engine starts running. This new vehicle range intends to reduce operational error with advanced safety features and systems. According to the trim level you invest in, the safety measures will differ per car. Some of the most exciting new features are the:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Park assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Lane assist
  • Pedestrian safety monitoring
  • Keyless locking integrated with Safelock


With all of these great features plus the standard features across the range – you are sure to enjoy every single kilometre of your drive, with peace of mind. And even better, you’ll be the envy of other drivers with the slick design of your new Polo. When you’re driving the Volkswagen Polo, you’ve got the power to go anywhere and the features to feel safe, all the while.

If you’re wondering what makes a Volkswagen Safe, Jerry Car Insurance covered it in their article: “A well-engineered frame combined with top-notch driver assistance and safety tech makes VWs safe and sturdy vehicles.

Whether it's a sedan, an SUV, or a compact car, Volkswagen vehicles consistently rank high in crash tests from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).”

Bonus: Polo GTI Review


This Polo GTI Review is a broad review of the swift and slick fan-favourite. As a car that is celebrated for its speed, the engine has a power output of 147kW @ 4400 - 6 000 r/min and a torque output of 320kW @ 1500 - 4 350 r/min. The engine has start-stop regenerative braking and an eco function so that you can save on petrol without compromising on performance.

The interior comes standard with sport comfort seats in the front of the car. All the seats are covered with beautiful Art Velour leather, as well as the door trims. The steering wheel is luxurious and multi-functional with a leather outer and matching gearshift paddles. The Polo GTI also features an autonomous emergency braking system with front assist technology.


The GTI is the only model in the range that is equipped with IQ.LIGHT LED Matrix headlights as a standard feature. Another beautiful exterior touch is the sports-style bumper. The VW Polo GTI bumper has a unique honeycomb style with a black sill extension. The rear is just as impressive with LED combination lamps featuring a dynamic turn signal. When you buy the GTI you’re investing in a premium vehicle – inside and out.

Buy A VW Polo Today


We hope you have enjoyed reading our VW Polo review. There’s no better automotive investment than in South Africa’s favourite vehicle. So what are you waiting for? We have an amazing team of employees at CFAO Mobility VW who would love to assist in helping you find your new Polo! With a multitude of car dealerships across the country, you will be able to find a VW dealer near you. We hope to meet you soon and make your vehicle purchase experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible!

Please contact us If you’d like to know more about the VW Polo Review details or have any questions!

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