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  Volkswagen Polo Sedan launched in Malaysia  
- Friday, April 20, 2012  By KON  Bookmark and Share
 
 
 
     
Volkswagen launches the all-new Polo Sedan

The most affordable German car arrives. Retail price RM99,888....

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Volkswagen launches the all-new Polo Sedan
Volkswagen launches the all-new Polo Sedan
The most affordable German car in the market today.
The most affordable German car in the market today.
Cabin is business-like.
Cabin is business-like.
1.6-litre MPI engine is tried and tested.
1.6-litre MPI engine is tried and tested.

It is an exciting week for Malaysian motorists. Having welcomed the Proton Prevé on Monday, we now usher in the arrival of Volkswagen's all-new Polo Sedan, now the most affordable German car in the market at RM99,888 retail before on-road costs.

Contrary to what many might think, this is not a booted version of the Polo hatch, but a new car developed from ground up to cater for cost-conscious needs of developed markets. It is therefore not equipped with technologies like TSI, DSG or anything of that sort.

Its mechanical layout is as straightforward as it comes - a rudimentary engine paired to a conventional automatic transmission sitting on a chassis that utilizes torsion beam suspension and drum brakes at the rear. The 1.6-litre mill in the engine room is devoid of variable valve timing or any fancy tech stuff. Don't confuse this with the 1.6 FSI engine that powered the Golf Mk V. It's not that advanced.

What it does get is 16 valves, twin camshafts and multi-point fuel injection. Outputs are rated at 103hp @ 5,250rpm and 153Nm @ 3,800rpm. It is mated to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual override. With this combo, the Polo Sedan is capable of a 12.3-second century sprint on the way to a top speed of 183kph. Official fuel consumption is 6.5 l/100km.

Its mechanical simplicity is not unexpected, and for drivers seeking a fuss-free motoring experience, this may even be a boon. It is not a barebones vehicle, however. There is still cruise control, steering-mounted controls, electric boot release, one-touch power windows all-round (with anti-pinch), and trip computer to look forward to. Safety features include four airbags, ABS, EBD, and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

We are currently in Langkawi having attended the Polo Sedan's national launch last night. We will be testing the car shortly and we look forward to bring you first driving impressions soon.


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VW advertises a sub-RM100k price, but on-road costs will push it over that mark.
VW advertises a sub-RM100k price, but on-road costs will push it over that mark.
Rear passenger room is decent.
Rear passenger room is decent.
6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.
6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.
Steering-mounted controls.
Steering-mounted controls.
A German car for the people.
A German car for the people.
454 litres of boot space.
454 litres of boot space.
No fancy LED taillights or the sort.
No fancy LED taillights or the sort.
Rear drum brakes.
Rear drum brakes.
Headlights.
Headlights.
All-round one touch power windows with anti-pinch and electric boot release.
All-round one touch power windows with anti-pinch and electric boot release.


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