Downsizing does not mean sacrificing on fun and safety, VW’s Polo has it all


Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Downsizing does not mean sacrificing on fun and safety, VW’s Polo has it all

The new, fifth-generation Polo is the largest ever and also the most technically advanced. In fact, the new Polo is just like a smaller Golf: solid, well built and with exemplary handling and balance. It looks like a scaled down Golf, which gives budget car buyers the ability to downsize without moving to a lesser product.

With many Malaysian car buyers looking at DOWNSIZING their vehicles because of the worrying economic climate, this VW Polo makes a good possibility as it carries that ‘big car drive feel’ in a small car package.

At just RM69,888 for a limited time and with a monthly loan repayment of RM737.00 only (Peninsular Malaysia, excluding registration and insurance) there is more than just a downsized car here.

It still has the looks that most women desire and men will also find this car very attractive. Modern proportioned styling with sharpish lines from nose to tail, this Polo heads into evergreen territory with its looks. This generation Polo has grown in size with length and width. Let’s take a look inside. The interior is very roomy and with loads of head and legroom for people over 6-feet tall. The 60:40 split rear backrests also allows for the Polo to carry adventure gear and DIY furniture. In the rear shoulder-to-shoulder space is noticeably better or same as class favorites but after a few minutes we noticed that the front seats were actually large, firm and provided great comfort.

This Polo comes powered with a simple, well built 4-cylinder engine that provides decent power whilst sipping very little petrol. Engine noise at high highway speeds is kept at a minimum, which impressed us as we took it also to illegal speeds on certain roads.

This Polo 1.6 comes equipped with dual front airbags, the inclusion of Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) and anti-pinch power windows in all four doors makes this car a very safe ride. Also, there are 3-point safety belts for rear outboard occupants, child seat anchor (ISOFIX system), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA), Park Distance Control (PDC) and electronic vehicle immobilization device for an enhanced peace of mind for driver and passengers regardless of age.


Overall the Polo 1.6L is an easy and comfortable car to drive and even though it is targeted to yuppies and teenagers we think more mummies, granddads and families will enjoy it more in Malaysia.

Specifications Volkswagen Polo

Engine 16-Valve Multi Point Injection
Capacity  1598cc
Transmission 6-speed automatic Tiptronic
Max Power 105PS @ 5250rpm
Max Torque 153Nm @ 3800rpm
0-100km/h 12.3 seconds
Top Speed 183km/h

Price RM69,888 for a limited time and with a monthly loan repayment of RM737 only (Peninsular Malaysia, excluding registration and insurance).

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