What is a recession-proof car? Naza’s own definition is a car cheap enough to buy, finance, and maintain. Even through the bad times of recession. I suppose if Malaysia did not have ridiculous levels of imported car taxation, a car like the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion could qualify as a recession-proof car.


The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is a small car equipped with a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This engine makes about 80 horsepower, more than enough for a car that you just use to get around town. The little machine’s top speed is 176 km/h. It’s turbodiesel engine makes a peak torque of 195Nm from 1800rpm to 2200rpm. The 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbodiesel uses a variable geometry turbine turbocharger. 0-100 km/h acceleration is about 12.8 seconds. Can’t really expect too much actually

The transmission is a 5-speed transmission with gear ratios optimised for the turbodiesel engine’s torque curve. This should make it a very relaxing drive in the down and it will also make it more fuel-efficient on long distance highway cruises.

The average fuel consumption for this car is 3.9 litres of diesel for 100km of travel. With the current diesel price of RM1.58 per litre, this means 100km of travel costs you round RM6.17. A full tank of 45 litres would cost you RM71 and it would take you a ridiculously long way. About 1150 kilomterers. That’s just amazing fuel economy for performance stats that are not much different from a Proton Wira 1.3/1.5 that most of us drive everyday. And that 3.9 litre mileage is for mixed town and highway driving. For highway driving, fuel economy is an average of 3.2 litres of diesel per 100km. Really good savings! This good fuel economy is achieved with the combination of the small and efficient VGT turbodiesel as well as good aerodynamics.