Volkswagen Polo Hatchback CKD Archive

  • DRIVEN: VW Polo 1.6 – locally-built, German quality?

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    This is a story of the third way. Choosing the right car, especially in the sub-RM100,000 bracket, has always been a case of catch-22. Modern options with powerful downsized-turbo engines are fun, but might bring about reliability issues in the long run. Such is the case with the existing Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI.

    Now, Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) claims that all known and rumoured problems related to its DSG dual-clutch gearbox and TSI forced-induction engine have been banished altogether, but as with most things, once the seed of doubt has been planted, it’ll likely stay a prevalent force. Ford’s Powershift ‘box faces the same issue.

    Meanwhile, the tried-and-tested alternative of traditional, i.e. Japanese, B-segment offerings such as the Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera hint at pocket-friendly motoring, but can be seen as the outdated and dull way out. VGM now says that it offers the third way – the new locally-assembled, German-engineered VW Polo 1.6.

    Is it the ideal choice Malaysian car buyers have been waiting for, then? We’re here to find out.

    Click here for the full review and gallery of the CKD VW Polo 1.6.

  • VIDEO: In-depth look at the CKD VW Polo Hatch 1.6

    By now, regular readers would be familiar with everything there is to know about the recently-launched Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.6. We’ve comprehensively covered the locally-assembled car’s arrival here, right from its preview at KLIMS13 last year to its official launch last week.

    Last weekend, we even featured a full live gallery of the CKD VW Polo, pointing out every visible difference between it and the imported Polo 1.2 TSI. There’s a lot more to this new model than a simple price reduction, we can assure you of that. But, we’re not finished with it just yet.

    You’ve read about it, seen some photos, and now here’s our man Jonathan James Tan in our new video walk-around feature, telling it as it is. Have a watch above, and tell us what you think in the comments section. There will be more video content coming your way, so do subscribe to our YouTube channel. Enjoy.

    Look after the jump for a showroom gallery of the Polo 1.6 Hatch.

  • GALLERY: Showroom pics of the CKD VW Polo Hatch

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    The press photos given to us alongside yesterday’s official launch of the locally-assembled Volkswagen Polo Hatch 1.6 had a few inconsistencies – different in-dash head units, centre armrest with/without rear aircon vents, and so on – so to clear the confusion, we went to Wearnes Automotive Sg Besi to get these live photos.

    This new CKD VW Polo Hatch is priced at RM87,888 or, if you’re among the first 500 takers, RM85,888. That would make it the most affordable Volkswagen in Malaysia, alongside the similarly-priced CKD Polo Sedan 1.6. What you see here is what you can buy.

    Exterior wise, it’s a standard Volkswagen Polo Hatch, save for a few minor distinctions. The double-bar chromed grille and silver-surround headlamps are ported over from the Polo Sedan CKD, and the rear lights now have slightly different graphics. Badging has been altered too, and the rear now spells out Volkswagen.

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    The 15-inch ‘Riverside’ wheels (the same as those on the initial batch of Polo 1.2 TSIs, before it was upgraded to 17-inch ‘Boavista’ items), shod with Apollo tyres, are also similar to the Polo Sedan’s. Likewise, the turn indicators have been moved from the wing mirrors to the front fenders.

    Less noticeable are the door pillars, which no longer have a glossy black finish. The differences don’t end there either: the rear brakes are now drums rather than discs, and even the aeroblade-type wiper blades have been replaced with traditional items.

    Under the hood, this CKD variant trades in the imported model’s 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, which is shared with the Polo Sedan.

    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 – all these despite a big drop in kerb weight (1,020 kg vs the 1.2 TSI’s 1,126 kg).

    Inside, in comes the Polo Sedan’s newer RCD 320 head unit, replacing the RCD 310 in the imported car. With this change, the USB and AUX sockets are moved to the dash face, and audio will play through four speakers in here, as the two A-pillar-mounted tweeters have been deleted. Also new are automatic aircon and cruise control.

    Though not publicised, the locally-assembled car’s interior carries more changes. It may look the same, but the CBU car’s soft-touch dashboard top has been swapped out for a harder version. Even the previously-part-fabric door trims are now made of hard plastics.

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    Among the items that have been removed altogether are the centre armrest, height-adjustable front seats belts, driver’s grab handle, under-seat drawers, vanity mirror lights, rear interior lights and adjustable boot floor. Also, the front interior lights now sport a different, simpler design than before.

    What else? The rooflining is now made of a coarser material, the remaining three grab handles are no longer damped and the new front seats now feature a ratchet-type rake adjustment in place of the imported car’s infinitely-variable rotary-knob system. Last but not least, airbag count has been dropped from four to just two, and the all-important electronic stability programme (ESP) is now missing in action.

    You can check out the official brochures of both the CBU Polo 1.2 TSI and the CKD Polo 1.6 above for more details. The near-RM30,000 price reduction compared to the fully-imported Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI (RM114,888) will surely make headlines, but as we’ve found out, there’s more to the story than just that.

  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback – CKD launched, RM88k

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    The locally-assembled Volkswagen Polo Hatchback has been officially launched in Malaysia – the car, which was previewed at KLIMS13 back in November, becomes the third CKD model from the brand after the Passat and Polo Sedan.

    Like the sedan, the Polo Hatchback is equipped with a normally-aspirated 1.6 litre MPI engine offering 105 PS at 5,250 rpm and 152 Nm at 3,800 rpm and six-speed automatic gearbox, a change from the CBU Polo Hatch‘s 105 PS and 175 Nm 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI engine and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

    Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 11.1 seconds and a 184 km/h top speed, with claimed combined fuel consumption being listed as 6.3 litres per 100 km.

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    There are quite a number of visual and textural changes from the CBU car – some are noticeable, some are minor; we’ll be taking a closer look at what those differences are in a later post. Some visible ones are the twin-bar front grille in place of the single-bar design on the CBU car, headlamp housing accents in chrome (in black, previously) and a new tail light design that replaces the TSI’s distinctive L-shaped tail lamp elements.

    As previously mentioned, interior equipment on the local car includes a RCD 320 radio (USB, SD Card, iPod, AUX-in, Bluetooth, four speakers), Climatronic automatic single-zone air-con, cruise control, ‘Livon’ fabric upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering/gear knob/handbrake lever.

    The cabin is also dressed up with a chrome package, in this case found on the surrounds for the radio/light switches and AC panel/vents and also on the steering wheel. The car sits on 15-inch Riverside design alloys, wrapped with 185/60 profile rubbers.

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    Safety kit comprises dual-airbags, ABS with brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors and four-point rear parking sensors – there’s also an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), which automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of an accident.

    Five colours are available for the CKD Polo Hatchback – Candy White, Flash Red, Pepper Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black. The Polo Hatchback is priced at RM87,888, but VGM is offering the first 500 customers for the car a special launch price of RM85,888.

    Volkswagen Polo Hatchback at KLIMS13

  • VW Polo Hatchback CKD appears on – RM86k


    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

  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo Hatchback previewed at KLIMS13 – CKD, 1.6 MPI, 6sp auto, launch in 2014

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    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?

  • New variant of Volkswagen Polo sighted on trailer


    The new unidentified variant of Volkswagen Polo hatchback that we first sighted at JPJ Putrajaya has been seen again. While the first car we saw was white, this time the car has a red paint job. As previously pointed out, changes include the lack of an exhaust tailpipe on the rear, no TSI badging, and the word ‘Volkswagen’ spelled out on the left side of the tail gate.


    We’re still unsure of what specs this Polo will have. The lack of TSI badging could mean either a normally aspirated 1.2 litre three-cylinder, a normally-aspirated 1.4 litre or the same normally-aspirated 1.6 litre engine in the 2014 VW Polo Sedan. Since our first sighting of this car showed an automatic gear shifter in the interior, the gearbox should be a six-speed torque converter automatic.

    Could this car be one of the models that Volkswagen will be showcasing at KLIMS13?

  • CKD Volkswagen Polo hatch confirmed by VW India


    Earlier this week, we showed you pics of a Volkswagen Polo hatchback being tested by JPJ. Snapped by our regular Putrajaya spy Anol Alias, the white hatch has many differences compared to the Polo TSI currently on sale in Malaysia. We detailed the visible changes and speculated that the car in question was a locally-assembled CKD unit from Pekan.

    We now have confirmation that the Polo hatchback is indeed being locally-assembled in Pekan, where VW also puts together the Passat and Polo Sedan. Our friends at Indian Autos Blog (thanks Shrawan!) got the word from Volkswagen India, which said that CKD kit shipments from Chakan, India to Malaysia started in July this year, and that assembly at the DRB-Hicom facility started in September.

    At yesterday’s official launch of the 2014 VW Polo Sedan, Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s MD Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, in response to a question on the CKD Polo hatch, replied that there would be news on this in the coming weeks.


    The picture is clearer now, but one question left unanswered is the CKD Polo hatch’s powertrain. We reckon that it’s likely to be a non-TSI naturally-aspirated unit for a car that will be priced significantly lower than the current RM114,888 Polo TSI.

    In India, the Polo Petrol hatch is powered by a 75 PS/110 Nm 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine, but that engine isn’t coming to Pekan from India – ICB learnt that Volkswagen India only sends out components that are localised in India, and the engine in the Indian-spec Polo comes from Europe.

    So the CKD Polo hatch’s engine remains a mystery – candidates include the 1.2 NA three-pot and the Polo Sedan’s 105 PS 1.6L MPI engine, paired to the familiar six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.


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Last Updated 19 May 2022