Slated to be launched very soon, the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback CKD has appeared on our sister classifieds site, 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.

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback at KLIMS13