Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Test Drive Story in Penang
Immediately after I’d test drive the Peugeot 208 with my friend, we proceed to explore our next car, the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI. I used to tell friends not to test drive Volkswagen car until we have tried out other similar segment cars. I’ve said so because I’ve being heard people talking about Volkswagen car with TSI engine is so much powerful and impressive gear changing which smoke the rest of the cars.
In the Volkswagen Showroom in Sungai Pinang, Jelutong, Penang, we are greeted by the friendly Volkswagen staffs. We told them we wanted to test out the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI.
Yeah, the day has finally arrived. Me and my friend are finally get the first try of the Volkswagen car.
The salesman is crap a lot and also boastful too, he asked us what car we have driven before, and we told him we have tested few Korean and Japanese cars. Then he told us confidently that we won’t bother about other car after we have tested the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI.
After we completed the test drive procedures and documentation, then we proceed to get into Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI.
The moment I open the car door, I can feel car doors is loaded and solid. Inside the car, Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI is still using conventional key to start the engine, and the interior as well as exterior doesn’t really equipped with high technology gadgets unlike those Korea cars.
Based on the conversation with the salesman, he told us Volkswagen cars upgrade their model every 8 years, unlike our local, Korea and Japanese cars which upgrade the model every 3-5 years. That why the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI still don’t have those fancy features like those new Korea cars.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI interior looks solid but plain at the same time as well. The interior and the fabric seats are furnished in only single black color, but the dashboard of the car are made of expandable materials which mean the dashboard won’t crack up due to heat.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI has a conventional CD player with 6-speakers and analog air conditioners controller. At that moment, both me and my friend agreed with the price of RM113,888.00 for a B-segment car with such simple features was over pricey. Well, we cant fully judge until we try out the performance and the handling of this little red beauty.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI has a slanting rear seats which are comfortable to be seats for 2 adults. The slanting seats make the seating comfortable even though the legroom is small, unlike Peugeot 208 which have bigger legroom spaces. If the car carry more than 2 adults at the rear seats would cause the trip uncomfortable. So, this car may not your choice if you have family size that have more than 4 family members.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI have a good sound proof from the inside of the car. Inside the car, the cabin is quiet and engine noise is minimize. Indeed, when the salesman shifting the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI for us test drive from the parking lot, I can hear the electric power steering motor working integrating with the 2 front big wheels, 215/40/17. This showed us that the 1.2 TSI engine is so quite until I can actually hear the Rack & Pinion, Electro-Hydraulic Assist steering motor working.
Now we are ready to hit down to the road! The salesman is good and flexible, he allowed us to drive from the Volkswagen Showroom, Sungai Pinang until Queensbay Mall and make a big turn back to the showroom. That where we can actually squeeze out this little beauty from every aspect.
On the panel meter, there is a an stepping on break indicator to remind the driver to step the on the break pedal before shifting a gear even from ‘Neutral’ to ‘Drive’ mode.
The steering weight is in the perfect ratio, and I found the steering weight is light when the car in stationary mode even though the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI has a big wheels and it gradually stiff up when the car is moving faster.
Cruising with Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI on the Jelutong Express Highway is so effortlessly, with the car packed with 1.2l 105PS TSI turbocharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine combined with 7-speed direct shift gearbox DSG capable of delivering Max. Output, 77 (105)kW (PS) at 5,000rpm and Max. Torque 175, 1,550 Nm at 4,100rpm which build up the momentum and inertial of the Volkswagen Polo without any hassle at all. Under the ‘Drive’ mode, the gear changing is so smooth which we can barely feel the gear changing at all.
The car is so awesome, and now I do really believe those rumours about the 7-speed direct shift gearbox DSG is not a joke. The gear keep on changing from 4th gear to 7th gear during cruising on the highway and I don’t feel the gear shifting at all. We know this because we keep our eyes on the panel meter for the gear position while driving.
We like the gear knob so much, it give us the solid and fully control of this red beauty without much electronic controlled such as Naza Kia Forte.
Then we tried out the manual direct shift by shifting the gear position from ‘Drive’ mode to left side, and we entered in ‘direct shift’ mode. Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI work perfectly on this, we can rev to 7,000 RPM under this mode and give us a very powerful car acceleration.
Seriously, the car is carrying 3 adults and we are still feel the momentum holding us back to the seat upon I stepped on the accelerator pedal to the floor. We can easily ramp up the car into 130km/h from 60km/h within few seconds, overtaking with Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI on the road is just piece of cake.
We managed to tried out the ‘Sport’ mode in Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI too. The ‘Sport’ mode give the car higher torque by delaying the gear shifting, and here we can feel the gear shifting from one gear to another gear in this mode yet it don’t give much jerk and lag during shifting. ‘Sport’ mode don’t have direct shift mode which mean we can’t shift the gear in the manual way.
Talk about handling, Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI give us the impressive and solid handling, the car provided us the excellent gripping on the road and we tried out to switched the lane at speed of 110km/h at fasts pace yet the car which equipped with MacPherson Strut on the front suspension and Torsion Beam at the rear suspension with ‘Boavista’ alloy wheels, 7J x 17″, tyres 215/40 R17 give a very less body roll to the car.
The suspension system is firm yet comfortable, and the kerb weight of the vehicle is 1126kg which is almost equivalent to Toyota Vios which is 1020kg. This is one of the reason the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI is so stable and provide great gripping on the road during the high speed.
Tailgating the car in front of us with high speed wasn’t a problem for Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI. The car equipped with Vent Disc for the front brakes and solid disc for the rear brakes which give us the confident on the stopping power. In fact, we are had fun tailgating other car in fast lane during the test drive and we scared them off on the road too
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI come with many features:
Overall, Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI is a performance car and packed with great handling for B-segment cars. I can said that Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI is the most powerful car I ever tried in B-segment cars, and I am not going to challenge this car during cruising on highway. Lastly, I would like to thanks to the salesman for his precious introduction on the Volkswagen car to us and allowed us us to have fun with the car.
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