VW Polo Hatchback CKD-31

The 2014 Volkswagen Polo Hatchback is being previewed at KLIMS13. The model is locally-assembled at DRB-Hicom’s Pekan plant alongside the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan that was introduced last month. VW assembly in Malaysia started with the Passat back in March 2012, making this the third VW to be CKDed.

We’ve seen this one coming. Last month, an unknown variant of the Polo hatchback was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya, before reports from India confirmed the export of CKD kits from Volkswagen India to Malaysia. Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s MD, hinted as much at the recent launch of the CKD Polo Sedan.

The CKD Polo hatch is powered by the same engine that moves its sedan sister, a 1.6 litre MPI engine with 105 PS at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm at 3,800 rpm. The naturally-aspirated four-pot is mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which has Tiptronic mode. The 1,020 kg car does 0-100 km/h in 11.1 seconds, while top speed is 184 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is 6.3 litres per 100 km.

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Looks wise, the CKD Polo loses the TSI’s distinctive L-shaped tail lamp elements, and the headlamp housings are silver instead of black. Like the latest Polo Sedan, there’s a ‘Volkswagen’ badge on the bottom left of the tailgate. The rear bumper shape is slightly different too, and this car has signal lamps on the fenders. The 15-inch ‘Riverside’ wheels are wrapped with 185/60 Apollo tyres from India on the show car.

Inside, the cabin is similar to the 2014 Polo Sedan’s, with the RCD 320 radio (USB, SD Card, iPod, AUX-in, Bluetooth, four speakers) and Climatronic automatic single-zone air-con.

The baby VW also has cruise control, auto up/down for all windows, leather for the steering/gear knob/hand brake lever, ‘Livon’ fabric seats, multi-function display, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a chrome package. The latter includes chrome bits on the radio and light switch, AC panel and vents and steering wheel, among other places.

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Safety wise, the Polo hatch comes with dual-airbags, ABS, brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors and four-point rear parking sensors. Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of an accident.

The cars shown at KLIMS13 (one red, one white) are similar to those that will go on sale in Malaysia early next year. The 2014 Polo Sedan is priced at RM85,888 on-the-road without insurance, and this similarly-specced Polo hatch should be in the ballpark. How does an RM85k Polo hatch sound to you?

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