The 2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift has made its world premiere. Based on the standard VW Polo – which was also recently facelifted – the Polo GTI, in its current generation, made its debut in 2018. With the standard hatch already updated, it’s now time for its go-faster sibling to be refreshed, and the Polo GTI facelift – carries over some of the changes seen on the standard Polo facelift.
The 2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI sports cues we’ve already seen on the facelifted Polo, including new ‘IQ Light’ matrix LED headlights (offered as standard), a redesigned bumper, a large honeycomb mesh air intake flanked by twin octagonal LED lights, a thin LED light bar connecting one headlight to the other and the classic red stripe is drawn across the base of the headlights and honeycomb grille, right above it.
As far as the rest of the exterior goes, 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch wheels optional) are reshaped wraparound LED tail-lights (with dynamic turn signals), a revised rear bumper, and a tweaked twin-exhaust design.
On the inside, signature GTI cues – such as the tartan upholstery, red accents, and GTI emblems –remain. Still, the 2022 Polo GTI also gets the brand’s ‘Digital Cockpit’ twin-screen setup with the latest MIB 3.1 infotainment that brings enhanced connectivity features, a panoramic sunroof, voice commands, wireless phone charging, and a 300-watt Beats sound system.
The 2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI continues with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, making 207 hp and 320 Nm of torque in terms of powertrain. Now equipped with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, the Polo GTI can do 0-100 kph in a claimed 6.5 seconds (two-tenths quicker than before) and has a top speed of over 230 kph. It’s equipped with a performance-oriented chassis and sits 15 mm lower than the standard Polo. It also gets three drive modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport.
India is no stranger to the Volkswagen Polo GTI. The previous-gen Polo GTI was launched in India – in three-door form – in 2016, and while the first set of cars was quickly sold, the second batch had to be cleared out with hefty discounts. That may have been discouraging, but the response to the Skoda Octavia RS 245 – which was brought to India as a full import in 2020 – will certainly have been an area of interest for Volkswagen.
The company has been contemplating bringing the new, more practical five-door Polo GTI to our shores for a few years now and is now pondering the introduction of the standard, new-gen Polo, based on the tailored-for-India MQB A0 IN platform.