Volkswagen Polo Facelift 1

First making its impromptu appearance at DRB-Hicom’s plant in Pekan during the Werkstour plant visit earlier this year, the facelifted locally-assembled Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Hatch has quietly made its way into showrooms, with some customers said to have already received their cars. We had a poke around Wearnes Automotive Sg Besi to get a closer look at what has changed on the lightly-upgraded Mk5.

From the front, the new front fascia is clear to see – the reshaped bumper features a downturned lower air intake with a Passat-esque full-width chrome strip and fog lights sitting in the upper corners.

The grille now has a chrome slat at the bottom rather than the two in the middle previously, while the carryover headlights (Indian-market versions get twin-reflector units previously seen on our CBU pre-facelift 1.2 TSI) have been given a smoked finish for a more refined look.

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At the rear, the tail lights get more angular graphics, and the bumper has been reprofiled with reflectors on the bottom corners. The previous 15-inch “Riverside” alloy wheels have been retained, but are shod with Goodyear tyres instead of the old Indian-made Apollos.

Step inside and you’ll find a new Mk7 Golf-derived flat-bottomed steering wheel, now with phone controls on the previously blank right spoke. The centre console has also been given a new metal-like finish, and the seats have a new fabric upholstery pattern.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual – an RCD 320 head unit, four speakers, cruise control and Climatronic single-zone auto air-conditioning.

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No change under the bonnet too, so there’s still a 105 PS/153 Nm 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated MPI four-pot, connected to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. This combination is shared with the also-CKD Polo Sedan, as before.

Safety kit remains unchanged as well, so unfortunately you still get just two airbags and no stability control, although ABS and rear Isofix child seat anchors remain standard.

The price stays the same as before, so the facelifted CKD Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Hatch retails at RM90,646 on-the-road excluding insurance but inclusive of 6% GST.