The Volkswagen Golf has always been a desirable small hatchback with its German engineering. Unfortunately, for various reasons, local importer Auto Dunia has never been able to get it from Germany at a suitable price until recent years when it introduced the Golf GTI.
Now, to extend the range a bit more, the company has added the new Golf 1.6, priced at RM143,000 (excluding registration fees, roadtax and insurance) to its local line-up. This 1.6-litre variant of VW’s premium small car has a 74 kW/100 bhp 4-cylinder, 8-valve engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Maximum torque is 145 Nm at 3800 rpm, enabling the Golf to get from 0 – 100 km/h in a claimed 12.7 seconds.
Auto Dunia expects the Golf 1.6, which has a fully-galvanized bodyshell for superior corrosion resistance, to provide buyers with an attractive alternative to its more powerful which has a 1.8-litre 5-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Golf 1.6 imported to Malaysia comes with a safety package that includes front airbags for driver and passenger and ABS with electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD). Other standard features include alloy wheels, halogen headlights with integrated front fog lights, rear fog lights, heated door mirrors with electrical, synchronous adjustment, an electronic engine immobilizer, and cruise control.