Published on December 4th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
A hot hatch for just RM48,000….think about it!
Once…..for the first year only…..this car was the darling of the hot hatch segment, the VW Polo GTI was the car to own (as a 3rd car in the garage) even with sports car owners. It was cute, quick and nimble. The original asking price of RM132,888 had orders beating supply and so in the first 6 months’ of its introduction cars were exchanging owners for a premium of up to RM15k. Today, the Polo GTI like the Golf TSI, Jetta TSI and Passat sedan have seen shrinking values and this is why this 6-year old Polo GTI (2012 model registered 2013) with only 61,500 kilometres driven is asking just RM48,000. By now all the earlier gremlins and issues on this car would have been sorted out.
The Polo GTI is compact, light and it’s got a 1.4L engine that delivers 180bhp and 250Nm of torque through the front wheels, which is kept in check by a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The result of all this allows the Polo GTI to run a top end in the 229km/h and hit a respectable 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.9 seconds. The Polo GTI is a driver’s car from ignition to park. Everything about the car just oozes driveability and it’s insanely fun, especially when it’s put through its paces. The secret to this vehicle’s athletic prowess however is down to physics and it’s got great power to weight ratio. The steering is responsive and provides great feedback whilst the 7-speed gearbox is smooth in its shifts and crisp with paddle shifters offering added enjoyment.
Safety features are segment best with Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD) as well as an Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) including Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and an Anti-Slip Regulator ASR to keep situations in check.
The exterior facade of the car is no different from a normal Polo though, with the addition of a sunroof as well as sporty 17-inch alloys, the honeycomb grille and those tiny ‘GTI’ emblems signalling it’s actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Overall though, the Polo GTI may be a certifiable hot hatch and a quick and nippy ride but it’s also a driving machine that delivers a decent combined fuel consumption of 6.1L/100km—whenever your foot isn’t planted to the floorboard.
For more information please contact :
Azmi – 012-2877477
Skantha – 012-3796671