2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Next GTI takes top Polo next level. It will keep breeding racing champions too

Volkswagen has just shown us the second evolution of the current Polo GTI. In the face of its international range falling off the face of combustion engine earth, local car fans can not only look forward to a sharper, sexier nip and tuck on this proudly South African made petrol-powered hot hatch. But these changes will also carry over to perhaps South Africa’s finest racing series, the Volkswagen Polo Cup. Yes, Polo Cup and SupaCup will continue as is, only sharper looking too.


The acme of South Africa’s favourite car range, the 152 kW Polo GTI takes performance, technology and sportiness to new levels. In a pedigree that stretches all the way back to 1998. Now fully digital at the highest technical level, the latest Polo GTI beings a sharpened new face. There’s a full width LED daylight lighting signature across the grill. And a sharper GTI badge too.

That new face is part of the latest Polo GTI’s IQ.Light LED matrix headlight package. It perfectly contrasts the famous GTI red stripe that also continues across the grille. There’s more red trim on GTI’s cool racy chequer design chairs. The 2022 Polo GTI also builds on its modular transverse matrix platform pedigree to set a new class benchmark in safety and driving comfort.

Polo GTI will pack systems like IQ.Drive Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Front Assist and those IQ.Lights. All items usually reserved for higher class cars. The fully digital ‘always on’ GTI will also bring state-of-the-art connectivity with App Connect and wireless charging. Plus We services, MIB3.1, Digital Cockpit Pro and features on demand, among other highlights.


Best of all however… Unlike the rest of the world where Group motorsport shifts to sister brands Audi and Porsche as the brand continues its electric march overseas, the 2022 Polo GTI will continue as the mainstay of Volkswagen South Africa’s Motorsport division’s twin focus of Polo Cup and SupaCup.

Polo Cup has delivered among South Africa’s finest race drivers over the past quarter century. From the van der Linde brothers Kelvin and Sheldon to Tasmin and Jordan Pepper. All whom today fly the SA flag so high overseas. And SA champions the likes of Michael Stephen, Gennaro Bonafede, Keegan Masters, Tchops Sipuka and many more. Today Polo Cup continues to breed the champions. Now this latest Polo GTI will deliver the next batch of SA racing heroes too.

Built in Uitenhage, the new Polo GTI arrives in SA early 2022.

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