Digital Cockpit as standard. The entire dash panel of the Polo is characterised by a horizontal design. This design is largely defined by the modules that the dash panel contains: the Digital Cockpit, now fitted as standard, with an 8.0-inch screen and the new generation of infotainment systems. Additionally, the Polo Style boasts the Digital Cockpit Pro as standard, with a cockpit measuring 10.25 inches. Using the View button in the right-hand spoke of the multifunction steering wheel, the Polo driver can switch quickly and easily between the three basic layouts of the Digital Cockpit. Together, the digital instrument and Infotainment system displays make up one unit; positioned at the same high level, they form a visual axis that is highly ergonomic. What’s more: all important modules apart from the air conditioning are integrated into the dash panel’s upper crossbar. This crossbar continues on into the front doors and is trimmed in different finishes depending on the equipment: three of these are new. The Infotainment system screen is located in a high-gloss black “island” at the centre. The only additional button in this area is the hazard warning light switch. To the left, the high-gloss black user control island merges into the level of the instruments. In conjunction with the Digital Cockpit or Digital Cockpit Pro and the Infotainment system, this creates a coherent digital cockpit landscape. The air conditioning functions are located centrally on the next level down.
Digital operation of Climatronic If the new Polo is equipped with the optional Climatronic feature, the automatic air conditioner will now have a completely new, digitalised mode of operation: touch panels and sliders now perform the functions of rotary knobs and buttons. Everything is self-explanatory thanks to the use of direct-access controls positioned ideally in the driver’s field of view. All functions are also illuminated. The module itself is located below the Infotainment system, is finished in elegant high-gloss black, and is clearly divided into three levels. On the top level are the direct-access buttons for the windscreen defrost function, the rear window heating, the air recirculation function and the digital displays (temperature on driver and front passenger sides, air conditioning mode). The second level contains the touch panels for seat heating, automatic mode (“Auto”) and synchronisation (“Sync”) of the two climate zones, and a slider for operating the blower speed. Integrated into the third level are illuminated sliders for setting the temperature and touch panels for switching the Climatronic on or off and selecting the air flow direction (head, middle, footwell). Located below the air conditioning module: two illuminated USB-C ports and a compartment for optional inductive smartphone charging.
New infotainment systems. The new Polo will be available with a choice of four different infotainment systems: Composition Media with a 6.5-inch display (comes as standard in Polo and Life), Ready2Discover with an 8.0-inch display (comes as standard in Style and R-Line), Discover Media with an 8.0-inch display, and Discover Pro, offered in 9.2-inch format for the first time. Composition Media is part of the second-generation modular Infotainment matrix (MIB2), whilst the 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch devices are systems from the third-generation modular Infotainment matrix (MIB3). With the Ready2Discover radio system, the user has the option to retroactively activate the navigation function (features on demand). Discover Media and Discover Pro come with these features as standard. Thanks to an Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM, the enhanced functions of the MIB3 systems include the online services of We Connect (set up for an unlimited usage period) and We Connect Plus (set up for free use for one or three years in Europe). Depending on the equipment, MIB3 systems also offer new features including access to streaming services such as Apple Music™. Users can also personalise a wide range of settings and save them to the Cloud via Volkswagen ID for use in other Volkswagen vehicles. Already familiar from the predecessor model is the wireless integration of apps via App-Connect Wireless (comes as standard in Style and R-Line) for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.