The shroud has finally been unveiled. Volkswagen Group Malaysia has finally unveiled the VW Passat, VW Jetta and the VW Cross Touran.
Price structures for these cars are as shown below.
- VW Jetta – RM149,888 (160ps, 240Nm, 1.4 TSI, 7-speed DSG gearbox)
- VW Passat – RM184,888 (160ps, 250Nm, 1.8 TSI, 7-speed DSG gearbox)
- VW Cross Touran – RM166,888 (140ps, 220Nm, 1.4 TSI, 7-speed DSG gearbox)
I am surprised that the Jetta prices are a lot higher than the earlier said rumours which priced the car to be within the RM138k range to compete against the Civics and Altis. At RM150k, the price is going to be very close to that of the Golf TSI.
All of the cars are CBU units as the Pekan plant hasn’t started operations yet.
As with our Malaysian mentality, the market still doesn’t really care about the various car segments and they mostly compare cars based on price.
At RM150k, that touches the Toyota Camry, Accords price range and the Jetta might have a tall order to challenge them. The Jetta wouldn’t be spec as much as the other Japs but in terms of drivability, the Jetta should win hands down.
The Passat priced at RM184k should be within the range of the 2.4 Camry, Mazda 6 as well as the higher specced Accord. I should say the Passat would then be a better buy purely on the fact that the car has good power and the road tax for the Passat which falls within the <2000cc range should make it more attractive. Although, the Ford Mondeo comes at very close competitor offering 200ps and 300Nm at RM180k, I am quite surprised that I don’t see that many Mondeo’s on the road. Probably because of its looks that most people don’t fancy.
Most discussions on the social network tend to show that most people think that the cars are a little overpriced but then again in Malaysia we tend to be buying cars at an overpriced price anyway.
What we haven’t seen yet is the Polo Sedan even though the brochures are now available at the Service Centers. Also everyone is still expecting the Golf R’s as well. I would definitely would love to own a Golf R personally, maybe someday when there are way too many on the road and the second-hand price of it goes down.