Slated to be launched very soon, the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback CKD has appeared on our sister classifieds site, oto.my. We’ve all seen this car before of course, as it was given a public preview at KLIMS13 last December. No official word yet on the price, but the ad by Wearnes VW Sg Besi lists the car at RM85,888 – the same as the locally-assembled Polo Sedan.
If it proves accurate, that will be a steep reduction from the CBU model’s RM114,888 pricetag (post the range-wide price revision last year). It’s not as simple as that however, as this CKD model trades in the 105 PS/175 Nm 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI engine and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission for a simpler 105 PS/153 Nm 1.6 litre MPI motor and six-speed automatic gearbox combo.
As with most things, you gain some, you lose some. Zero to 100 km/h and top speed figures drop from 9.7 seconds and 190 km/h to 11.1 seconds and 184 km/h respectively. Fuel consumption suffers too, rising from 5.3 litres per 100 km to 6.3 l/100 km. The ups and downs continue inside. Upgraded RCD 320 radio and Climatronic automatic single-zone aircon are added in, but out go the 1.2 TSI’s combined curtain and side airbags (leaving just dual front airbags) and electronic stability control (ESP).
Nevertheless, the thought of a “premium” Volkswagen Polo Hatchback for less than RM90k will undoubtedly be relished by many. More details when the car is officially launched soon.