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Volkswagen Polo 2022: German hatchback earns fresh five-star ANCAP rating for facelifted model


Volkswagen has worked to retain the Polo’s five-star ANCAP rating by fitting it with additional safety features for its mid-life 2022 facelift

The Volkswagen Polo has undertaken additional ANCAP testing in 2022 to score a refreshed rating of five stars. 

The current-generation Volkswagen Polo scored five stars when it first went on sale in 2018, however it has recently been re-tested according to stricter 2022 criteria. 

Now with more advanced autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a new centre-front airbag, the updated Polo hatch had no trouble achieving a five-star rating. 

Volkswagen Polo ANCAP front crash aftermath 2022
The aftermath of the crash testing performed on the Volkswagen Polo

ANCAP stated that the move by Volkswagen to re-test their cars when new safety technology is introduced was “a very welcome move”. 

The Australian motoring safety agency also said that Toyota was the only other vehicle manufacturer to recently undertake a similar move to Volkswagen – making safety upgrades to its popular Hilux dual-cab ute in 2019 which saw its 2015 five-star rating updated. 

“This is a definite win for the safety of Volkswagen Polo buyers and the other road users these vehicles mix with,” said ANCAP chief executive officer Carla Hoorweg. 

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“Facelifts should always be more than just a new range of paint colours, engine line-ups or interior trim updates. Inclusion of the latest safety features has tangible benefits for all road users,” Hoorweg added. 

The updated 2022 Volkswagen Polo scored well in each of ANCAP’s four areas of testing, scoring a very impressive 94 percent for adult occupant protection, 80 percent for child occupant protection, 70 percent for vulnerable road user protection, and 70 percent for safety assist. 

Volkswagen Polo 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Life manual (70kW): $25,250
  • Life automatic (85kW): $28,250
  • Style: $31,250
  • GTI: $38,750