Facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Polo gets top marks for safety


The city-sized hatchback will retain its five-star ANCAP rating until 2028, following the introduction of expiry dates.


The facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Polo hatchback has been awarded top marks for safety by peak national testing body, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – a score it will retain until 2028.

The independent organisation allocates an aggregated safety score out of five, based on evaluation of in-built active safety features and a range of crash tests.

Volkswagen’s city car launched locally in early 2018 with a five-star rating, however will undergo a mid-life facelift imminently with new safety features and a centre airbag.


Due to the updates the car was put through the wringer a second time by ANCAP’s European counterpart Euro NCAP, and received the same top result as its predecessor – now under stricter 2020-22 test protocols.

According to ANCAP the vehicle performed sufficiently across all areas of testing, including adult occupant protection and collision avoidance technology.

However, it lost some marks in the pedestrian safety category, and for failing to autonomously brake while reversing or at junctions.


ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg said: “This is a significant achievement. The current generation VW Polo already held a strong five-star ANCAP safety rating.”

“The significance of this revised rating is that it has now earned a revised five-star rating with a 2022 date stamp.

“Volkswagen’s addition of more advanced autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assistance systems, and a centre airbag means the Polo now comes with the passive and active safety features and technologies required to earn five-stars.”


The 2022 Volkswagen Polo is now priced from $25,250 plus on-road costs for the base variant in Australia – up $5960 over an equivalent entry-level, pre-facelift variant.

You can read full pricing and specifications for the 2022 Volkswagen Polo by clicking here.

To read Drive‘s complete coverage of ANCAP safety testing for the Australian market (and New Zealand) click here.

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