Volkswagen Polo
 (3.5/5)
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 (3.3/5)
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RM 74,990.00
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Generation Mk5 CKD (2014-Present)

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As an entry point to Volkswagen ownership, the Polo does well enough. Compared to sub-RM100k B-segment rivals, as you should, the Polo is competitive in spec and decent to drive. Just don't put it side-by-side with the 1.2 TSI.

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Expert Review

Date Reviewed
10 July 2018
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As an entry point to Volkswagen ownership, the Polo does well enough. Compared to sub-RM100k B-segment rivals, as you should, the Polo is competitive in spec and decent to drive. Just don't put it side-by-side with the 1.2 TSI.
For
  • Keen CKD pricing means Malaysia now has a starter VW hatchback.
  • Proven powertrain acquits itself well, and top marks for comfort and refinement.
  • Feels more substantial than Asian B-segment rivals on the move.
Against
  • Being nearly RM30k cheaper than the TSI means sacrifices have to be made in materials and features - if you've been in the CBU car before, you'll feel it.
  • Not as fun to drive as the ads claim.

Latest Owner Review

Date Reviewed
17 July 2019
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SAZALI
1.6 MPI (2014)
Bought new, Owned for 2 Years
Fuel Economy: 11.5 km/litre (8.7 L/100 km), RON95, Mileage: 1,000 km/month
    - For this size, it's a solid & tough built.
    - Good FC for a 1.6.
    - Moderately comfy seats.
    - Nice sporty steering. Turning circle/radius is quite small.
    - Good handling (takes corners very well for this size) & acceleration (the speed picks up whenever you rev it).
    - Elegant and nice leg and front cockpit dim lights.
    - Cruise control. I enjoyed using them on LEKAS highway.
    - Smooth driving experience and good for long distance. Very stable (for this size) to cruise on high speeds.
    - Moderate headroom & simple interior.
    - Aisin 6 speed conventional auto - smooth gear change. Without DSG.
    - Touch screen audio system is very simple to use.
    - Auto up and down for all windows.
    - Bought it on end year promo, good price for a new German car.
    - Rear air-cond vent. Good for our climate condition.
    - Just a tap on the key to open the rear trunk.
    - Overall NVH is moderately good.
    - Tight rear legroom (3 adults would be squeezed like sandwich at the back but better than Fiesta)
    - No auto fold side mirrors.
    - No ESC.
    - No engine sound insulation. The engine's roar is visible when high rev.
    - No lights on the trunk.
    - For this price, airbag is only 2 at the front. No side and rear airbags.
    - No panic button.
    - No rear or middle dim light.
    - Can still open the door from inside eventhough the lock is engaged.
    - Speaker feels cheap.
    - No DRL and auto lights.
    - There's only 1 USB port (for the radio) and no rear USB inlet port.
    - No door panel lights.
To improve
- Auto folding side mirrors with turn signals should come standard.
- Service interval is 15000km but i doubt with our climate conditions. Should go for 10000km.
- Should provide rear or middle dim light and trunk light and door panel light as standard.
- All 4 speakers should be upgraded.
- Put more USB inlet port.
- At least DRL should come as standard.
- Engine dampener should come as standard.

SAFETY :
- At least 4 airbags instead of 2.
- Central locking is good and you can't open the door from outside, but you can still open the door from inside eventhough the lock is engaged. Should put mechanism and better central lock.
- Should provide panic button. Good for woman drivers.
Yes, I would recommend this car

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