Malaysia: VW Polo GTI launched in Sepang International Circuit image

The Polo GTI MK5 arrived in Malaysia in both three-door and five-door versions, which are sharing common specifications and features, the only draw-back being the steering wheel, fitted on the wrong side of the car.

With its new looks and determined to get more customers, the new Polo GTI is powered by a 1.4 liter TSI engine, which doesn’t sound too good compared to the old 1.8 liter unit, but it’s delivering 178 horsepower at 6.200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 2.000 and 4.500 rpm, mated to the seven-speed Direct Shift transmission, with an XDS electronic transverse differential lock coming as standard.

Performance is pretty impressive when we think that the hot-hatch takes its power from a 1.4 liter engine, and the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is done in just 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 229 km/h. According to the automaker, the new Polo GTI’s fuel consumption went down by 24 percent to 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers. These new engines are just becoming more appealing with the increased power and low fuel consumption.

The usual mix of ABS, ESP and EBD are offered on the new Polo GTI, along with hill-control, sports suspension and 17 inch Detroit alloy rims, wrapped in 215/40 Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE001 tires. Other features found on the new hot-hatch are the bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and a panoramic tilt / slide sunroof.

But the new Polo’s features don’t stop here and VW is also offering cruise control, rear park distance control, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with paddle shift and a radio/CD/MP3 player with USB/AUX/iPod connectivity.

The new VW Polo GTI is available for its future Malaysian customers at RM132.888 (EUR 30.800) for the three-door version, while the five-door variant is priced at RM135.888 (EUR 31.500).