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Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Test Drive Review

As introduction to Volkswagen CC, the 4-door coupe version of Volkswagen Passat is facelifted in third quarter of 2012 in Malaysia. It is now known as CC instead of Passat CC.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

Previously, the pre-facelift model of Passat CC in Malaysia is powered by 200PS 2.0-litre TSI engine. After the facelift, the CC is now powered by 160PS 1.8-litre TSI engine instead. Is the engines between 160PS 1.8-litre and 200PS 2.0-litre makes a difference? The answer is yes, in both performance and fuel efficiency.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

General speaking, Volkswagen CC is similar to Passat B7 besides having a sleeker and dynamic body styling. For Malaysian market, Volkswagen introduces two variants for CC – 1.8 TSI ‘Comfortline’ and 1.8 TSI ‘Sportline’. Apart from that, the CC is added with Adaptive Chassis Control and dual electric adjustable front seats comparing to the Passat. In addition, the CC share a similar cockpit design with the Passat.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

The power plant of the Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI fitted with a combination of 160PS 1.8-litre TSI EA888 engine and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). The Volkswagen CC is compatible with RON95 unleaded fuel and capable to fill up to 70 litres within a single tank. Although the Volkswagen Passat B7 1.8 TSI is locally assembled in Malaysia, but the CC is still fully imported from Germany.

Based on the spec sheet, the CC is claimed to be capable to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds. However, I can feel the CC is a little heavier comparing to the Passat B7 1.8 TSI, especially at the low range. The kerb weight for CC 1.8 TSI is 1,521kg, while 1,517kg for Passat 1.8 TSI B7. Somehow, the unconvincing performance must be something to do with the extra weight and tiny 1.8 engine. Personally, I preferred the Passat B7 1.8 TSI more.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

The Volkswagen CC ‘Sportline’ is upgraded from ‘Comfortline’ with brushed dark alumimium decorative inserts for dashboard and door trim panels, upgraded in-car entertainment with DYNAUDIO ‘Confidence’ 10 speakers and 600W premium sound system, ‘Interlagos’ 8J x 18” alloy wheels with self-sealing tyres 235/40 R18, panoramic tilting glass roof, ‘KESSY’ keyless entry and starting system, and ‘Rear Assist’ rear view camera.

The Volkswagen CC ‘Comfortline’ is fitted with 235/45 R17, while the ‘Sportline’ with 235/40 R18. Basically, the width and rims offset are the same but the rims are 1-inch larger in diameter.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia
Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

Drawback? I found this 4-door coupe doesn’t come with any roof handles at all corners and the rear headroom is pretty tight as well. Perhaps this is due to its low roofing design.

Do check out the photos of the new Volkswagen CC ‘Sportline’ which I have tested on the below. The Volkswagen CC Comfortline priced at RM 225,888.00, while the CC Sportline priced at RM 243,888.00 in Peninsular Malaysia. Standard across all Volkswagen Cars in Malaysia from Volkswagen Group Malaysia, the car comes with 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year mobility guarantee for total peace of mind motoring and enjoyment.

Our rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7.25/10

Performance:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 5/10
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Photo Gallery: Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7 Test Drive Review

In Malaysia, Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7 version was introduced back on October 2011 with fully imported CBU version. Follow by replacing it with locally assembled CKD version back on March 2012. The CKD version is assemble by DRB-Hicom in Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia. Both versions are having the identical specification except for the recent Passat Sportline, which launched back on October this year.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


This 4-door sedan Volkswagen Passat is powered by turbocharged 1.8-litre TSI engine mated with 7-speed DSG transmission. Unfortunately, for this particular model there is no other variants like 220kW V6 4Motion or TDI in Malaysia.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


The current B7 generation of Passat is technically redesigned from the previous B6 generation platform by reshaping all panels except the roof. Apart from that, Volkswagen has added new features and tweaks to improve comfort, efficiency, safety and value. From outside, the car may give you a flat impression but indeed, it is a good car to be considered to buy!


Based on the spec sheet, the 1.8 TSI engine delivering 160PS @ 6,200rpm with a max torque of 250Nm @ 4,200rpm. The acceleration from 0-100km/h is considerably great, which clocked at 8.5 seconds and top speed of 220km/h.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


Regarding the unleaded fuel grade, Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has listed a minimum RON 95 is required. Based on my normal driving condition, I managed to clock an average of 14.3 km per litre of fuel consumption. Not too bad, isn’t it? The fuel tank capacity is approximately 70 litres, which is good for traveling long distance without stopping for refuel.


Based on the car I tested which clocked less than 8,500km, the 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is smooth when shifting from low to high gear or vice-versa. It gives a sporty feeling while driving.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


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Nissan Sylphy Tuned By Impul 2.0 XV Test Drive Review

The Nissan Sylphy that currently selling in Malaysia was launched back in 2008. This car is based on Nissan ‘B’ platform. Since its debut, the Sylphy received many awards and recognition by the local automotive journalists. It is also known as Nissan Bluebird in Taiwan.


Nissan Sylphy Tuned by Impul Malaysia


The Nissan Sylphy uses the all-aluminium MR20DE engine mated with Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (X-CVT). The engine outputs 133ps (98kW) @ 5,200rpm with a max torque of 191Nm @ 4,400rpm. The entire combination is designed to deliver smooth and powerful acceleration plus greater fuel efficiency. By using CVT, fuel efficiency is easily achievable.


2012 Nissan Sylphy Tuned by Impul Malaysia


I have never test drive any Sylphy before until I got the key of this Nissan Sylphy Tuned by Impul. This exclusive model is launched in Malaysia in conjunction with the 2012 Autobacs Super GT Series at Sepang International Circuit on 10th June 2012. It is a tuned up model based on the stock Nissan Sylphy 2.0.


Just like other Nissan, the Sylphy is easy to drive and spacious inside. I felt the legroom of the rear is as spacious as the ‘D’ segment cars like Nissan Teana or Toyota Camry. The interior is black in colour including the leather seats. However, the leather seats is also available in Brown colour as an option. Thanks to the Electric Power Steering (EPS), that results a lighter steering wheel control. The Sylphy has the biggest boot – 504 litres in its class. The 2.0 XV that we got is a premium model, it comes with Intelligent Key for true keyless start-up and entry. The engine can be started by turning the ignition switch once the Intelligent Key is detected inside the car.


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Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sports Compact Review

Honda CR-Z is positioned as a successor for the Honda CR-X. Both are categorized as the compact sports car, both front wheel drive and both do not need to have a big engine under the bonnet. If this is the 21st century CR-X, how good can it be? Read on the find out about this sporty car.


2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia
2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia 2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia 2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia


First off, the looks. The Honda CR-Z is definitely one of the good looking cars on the road, even sportier looking if you put on a good set of wheels and maybe the Mugen body-kit. The low bonnet, LED integrated daylight and the bullet design of the entire car certainly fit into the modern compact sports car requirements. It has 2 doors and seats at the rear. The rear part of the car is recognizable design cue from the Honda CR-X.


2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia


As we step inside the Honda CR-Z interior, the blue illuminance further embraces how modern sports car should look like. Advanced dashboards like this are usually seen only in concept cars. However, Honda had successfully brought this to a production vehicle like the Honda CR-Z. It may seem to be sophisticated at first glance with the numbers of buttons and informations displayed on the dash, but once you get used it after a while, you will love it.


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There are 3 modes for select to change the way the ECU (Engine Control Unit) interacts with the engine, throttle control and air conditioning etc. In other words, there’s a “ECO” -mode to set your CR-Z to save the planet, a “Normal” mode, as well the rev-happy “Sports” modes that makes the car come to life by burning more fuel for performance. The dashboard changes colour instantly on the way you drive as well, green for good fuel efficiency driving, blue for moderate, and red means you are consuming a lot of fuel. The dashboard also indicates when does the hybrid system is charging the vehicle to its battery and the number of trees appear in the dashboard is to remind you how fuel efficient is you driving pattern.


2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia 2012 Honda CR-Z Malaysia


The Honda CR-Z model we drove was equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and Honda claims that it is the first of its kind to have a 6-speed manual gearbox on a hybrid car. The gear change is smooth and solid into each gear position. Powering the Honda CR-Z is the Honda’s 1.5L i-VTEC with IMA hybrid system that gives the CR-Z a 124ps and 174Nm of torque, not a number range you see in a usual sports car. Considering it is a hybrid and it is designed with the element of saving fuel, who says sports car need to be high horse power?

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2012 Subaru Forester 2.0X and 2.5XT in Malaysia with Attractive Price!

With new business direction and company mission, Motor Image Malaysia has revised the price of the new 2012 Subaru Forester to be more affordable in Malaysia with a re-introductory price since July 2012. The Subaru Forester will be competing in SUV segment like the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi ASX.


Subaru Forester 2.5XT


As we can see, Motor Image Malaysia is now gearing up their presence and preparing to grow their market shares in Malaysia. Besides that, the commitment of Motor Image is clearly noticeable with the upcoming locally-assembled Subaru XV. The new Subaru’s compact SUV will be assembled by Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn Bhd (TCMA) in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.


Don’t be mistaken as both the Subaru Forester is fully imported from Japan. With the massive price adjustment, it does magnetize us to visit the Subaru’s headquarter @ Jalan 51A/223 in Petaling Jaya to check out the cars and we drove the magnificent turbocharged Forester 2.5XT SUV.


Subaru Forester 2.0X Subaru Forester 2.0X


The standard entry model of Subaru Forester 2.0X AWD is now selling at RM 154,339.20 on-the-road with insurance. While the more powerful variant, the turbocharged Subaru Forester 2.5 XT AWD is now priced at RM 185,514.90 on-the-road with insurance. The Subaru Forester 2.5XT AWD was previously selling from RM 220,000 in Malaysia before the price is revised.


Subaru Forester 2.0X Subaru Forester 2.5XT


Comparing the Forester 2.0X and 2.5XT, both variants come with all-wheel drive (AWD) drive train and 4-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission. The 2.0X is powered by the new Subaru’s FB series 2.0-litre natural aspirated 4 cylinder boxer engine with Active Valve Control System (AVCS) that producing 150PS @ 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 198Nm @ 4,200rpm. The upper range 2.5XT, the SUV is powered by 2.5-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder boxer engine that outputs 230PS @ 5,200rpm and a max torque of 320Nm @ 2,800rpm. The nature of both engines are fully compatible with RON95 Unleaded Fuel. Unlike other fully imported SUVs, which claimed to be RON95 compatible but RON97 is recommended.


Acceleration from 0-100km/h*

Subaru Forester 2.0X Auto – 12.4 seconds

Subaru Forester 2.5XT Auto– 7.9 seconds


* Based on manufacturer’s specification


The Subaru Forester 2.0X comes standard with ABS + EBD, Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC), all disc brakes, dual SRS airbags, 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels with 215/65 R16 tyres, electric pinion assist type power steering system, roof rails, retractable cargo cover, auto climate system with filter, front fog lamps, cruise control, 3x 12V power outlets, 2 Din single disc audio system with bluetooth hands-free system, steering mounted audio switches, USB and aux input jack.


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