The Volkswagen Polo is about to receive an extensive set of mid-life updates, and our spies have caught a prototype completely undisguised.


• VW Polo review

Changes to the exterior design are subtle, including new bumpers with a slightly sharper design, as well as a redesigned grille with three chrome slats instead of two.

The rear end has also been subtly refreshed, and like the front end, is more Golf-like. The styling alterations bring the Polo into line with the rest of Volkswagen’s lineup, five years after it made its debut in 2009.

Aesthetics aside, the facelifted Polo is reported to be the first to feature adjustable dampers; the dashboard’s ‘Sport’ button being a telltale sign.

• Volkswagen Polo updates

Adaptive cruise control is also set to feature on the supermini, for the first time in the model’s history, and as you can see in our picture the interior also boasts a new stereo, steering wheel and climate controls.

Diesel engine choices are expected to mirror the current car, with 1.6 and 1.2 TDIs available. However, there are rumours that the lower-powered 1.2-litre petrol engines could be replace by the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines from the VW up!.

The Polo range is set to expand at the top end, too, with a new R version later this year. Inspired by VW’s success with the Polo in the 2013 World Rally Championship, it will be powered by a 250bhp 2.0 TSI engine sending power to all four wheels. Developed alongside the new Audi S1, we had the chance to drive the Polo R in prototype form in Sweden this week.

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