Big fun in small packages

Story by Benjamin G. Kline, Photos by Volkswagen Singapore
20 Feb 2014

Most enthusiasts would scoff at gaining any driving pleasure from anything in the new Category A COE where cars of 130bhp and below reside. The latest change have seen pure driving machines like the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes-Benz A-class booted into the Cat B where some believe they belong.

However, long before the regulations came into effect, Volkswagen was already there with fun hatchbacks that offered endless driving fun and practicality. And just to prove that fact, the German brand recently packed up a dozen journalists for a road trip across Malaysia to prove how fun their current Cat A line up can be.

With no less than 13 models in their lineup, Volkswagen assures us that there’s definitely a model to suit everyone for every need. But to truly put the whole range to the test, our route to Kuantan would involve several hundred kilometres of B-roads that will give even pure bred sports cars a tough time.

I’ve always respected the robust 1.4-litre twin charged 160bhp engines from Volkswagen and even the single charger 122bhp 1.4-litre. But at the time it seemed to me quite a stretch to expect any driving pleasure from these little four pots. 

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