The sixth generation of Wolfsburg’s small hatchback – the Polo – has received a mid-cycle update. The facelifted Polo makes its official debut sporting various cosmetic exterior revisions and upgraded technologies.

Distinguishing itself from the pre-facelift, the updated Polo features restyled LED headlamp clusters, complete with new LED daytime-running lights with distinct light signature. Standard with R-Line spec, the Polo includes Volkswagen’s interactive IQ.LIGHT LED matrix units which first appeared on the Touareg.

A noteworthy addition to the R-Line model seen here is the Golf 8-inspired LED light strips, which span the radiator grille on opposite sides of the VW emblem, found above the restyled front bumper. The updated front bumper features horizontal chrome slats on higher-spec models and incorporates pebble-shaped fog lights.

The extended taillamps, like the front items, are equipped with LED light units as standard and are reminiscent of the rear lamps found on the eight-generation version of its midsize-hatch stablemate. The lower bumper has been remodelled to look sleeker than before. Base versions are fitted with 14-inch wheels, mid-spec versions’ items are upgraded to 15-inches, while the R-Line features 16-inch Valencia alloy wheels.

Volkswagen’s facelifted Polo debuts with new tech
Volkswagen’s facelifted Polo debuts with new tech

The facelifted Polo’s revised interior is fitted with Volkswagen’s eight-inch Digital Cockpit and 6,5-inch infotainment display, and a multifunction steering wheel as standard on entry-level Polos. Models higher up in the range upgrades to the 10,25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro instrument cluster and eight-inch touchscreen with Volkswagen’s Ready2Discover software, which includes wireless app connect. A leather-bound steering wheel can also be found here.

All models include an additional centre airbag. Park-distance control can also be found on high-spec versions. For the first time, the Polo can be optioned with Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive Travel Assist technology, which feature predictive adaptive cruise control. Lane assist, meanwhile, is standard.