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Before sunrise, Monday – A Peugeot 2008 French Love Affair Over 3 Days

By Vinod Nair   You may have already read Kenso’s review of the pretty-new Peugeot 2008 SUV. Anyways, here’s an alternate one from a less-technical and rather romantic point of view. When Kenso (or any car brand) offers you a brand new car for the weekend, it’s hard to say …

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Proton Suprima S Standard Launched – Too little too late?

By Travis Chang   More than a year after the Suprima S was launched, Proton’s supposed “game changer” is still barely a game changer as seen on our roads and car parks. Launched last year, the Suprima S was criticized for its ambitious pricing, with both Executive and Premium variants …

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Fire! What’s the emergency number again?

It seemed like  another bright and cheerful Sunday where everyone gets to indulge in a little clinomania and take the day slow. The roads were relatively empty, retarded makan-angin drivers who thinks the whole road belongs to them were keeping to the left lane and the sun was doing a damn …

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Volkswagen Malaysia launched Mobility Guarantee Program

Couple of weeks ago, I made a remark that the 5-year Mobility Guarantee found in Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s proposition was a little off as it required the breakdown to occur 100km from the owner’s residence AND repairs to be estimated to be longer than 48 hours (you can read about …

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Volkswagen Malaysia Warranty Claim Process

. Of late, there has been so much controversy surrounding Volkswagen that it’s sometimes hard to separate the truth from fiction as each telling of a story gets so much added salt, one wonders if they haven’t died of hypertension and cardiac arrest. It gets so bad to the point …

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The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Citroen Puchong – launched

Euro Motors, the exclusive distributor of the Citroen brand here in Malaysia has launched the all-new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Diesel variant concurrently with the new Citroen Puchong outlet. The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso isn’t exactly ‘new’ new here in Malaysia since it has been previewed in June this year …

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ben

Glad to know the fire brigade responded very quickly.

JChong

Owning a car for some is a necessity and some a joy. After reading your experienced. It has put me off to own a VW anytime soon. By the way,…

kensomuse

DSC is a safety feature that cuts engine power and utilises braking when it senses a slip (usually when steering wheel direction and car direction is not in aligment) DTC…

Sky

What is the difference between Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control?

Pro Detailers

Most VW and Pug loyalists will insist that all other marques have their own respective problems as well. I fully agree. But if those problems, regardless of severity and frequency…

Syed

I'm thinking to get the VW Sharan in my next purchase early next year. Appreciate if Sharan owners here to share experience. Thank You

Manikir

The problem with VW is profit maximization and level of competency of Master Technician...U probably would be surprised that the Sales guy are better knowledged but again VW will fail…

DSG

I m a passat onwer too! Rattle dash, judder DSG, windnoise problems since new car for first 15k mileage. Dissapointed on VW build quality and service quality. Post on the…

Don

Good in-depth review. BTW, Pug 407 do have rear air-conditioning vents..

kensomuse

OMG, that's just terrible. Which CNB branch you went to?

VW Cheating

I own a passat start from Jan 2014. VW keep bring me problems. I have to admit,VW is problematic, after sales service is extremely poor. 1. New car 0-500km A)…

kensomuse

Some of the C and even B segments has better rear legroom but in terms of width, they're obviously tighter

Wilson LIm

well written article. big LOL on the hidden cupcakes. just 1 question, when you mention the rear seats aren't that spacious, but how does it compare to those famous Spacious…

Dave Banerjee

Peter, did you find that ad to be true? Being a SKODA owner I can bet that a false ad. Keen to know how was your experience.

Dave Banerjee

Where did you buy the headlamp with DRL? I have been driving SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0 FSI for last 5 years and feeling extremely safe and nice every kilometer.

Alphawolf

Nice and detailed review. I am so bored of Audi's "design language"...all their cars are oh so so boring and similar looking..

Don/Alphawolf

Hello Kenso, You might want to do a feature on the Great Wall Motor Haval M4.. I am not a sales-person for GWM BTW, but the car is attracting quite…

kensomuse

Auto Phraha is still the authorized distributor of Skoda in Malaysia and they're part of Berjaya Group and shares resources with Bermas which is the official distributor of Mazda vehicles…

Alphawolf

Is the local distributor of Skoda still around? I had seen a few new Superbs and Roomsters but ZERO advertisement anywhere. What a shame...if they market Skodas properly here as…

Isaac

Hi Soon, I too am an Octavia owner, just wondering where abouts do you send your vehicle in for servicing around the klang valley? Also, I'm looking for a new…

kensomuse

It's too good to be true and likely a scam, especially after seeing the price and diesel engine

Peter

Dear Kenso, Very rare to be able to find something about Skoda written in a local perspective. I too am thinking of getting a 2nd hand Skoda if possible. Recently…

n00bPug

Just bought a used 3008, year manufactured is February 2012 with mileage less than 7000km. Got a question about the service intervals and cost: Do I still need to fork…

kensomuse

Hey, thanks for the comment and feedback. In the midst of searching for a new theme to migrate the site to. Hope to get it sorted out in the near…

Don

That's the problem with Chevrolet here isn't it? The cars are good (am still having the year 2005 Aveo...lots of old Chevrolets are still running around) but the after-sales service…

Don

Hello Kenso Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on a well-designed, well-written and informative site. However, the gray font and white background hurts my poor eyes...is it possible to…

sutrak

If you like nokia 3210, then buy the altis. but if u prefer the likes of iPhone5s or Galaxy, then go for the Jetta. To me, Altis is boring, unexciting,…

Joyce

May I have 308 turbo 6 speed service price list ? Is 60k need to chamge the timing chain, Disc pad and etc?

Chris

Volkswagen After Sales is ridiculously disappointing. I would not buy another VW unless their service improves. I have just get my car towed 4 days ago to TTDI branch service…

tsi

bought my golf 1.4tsi in Dec 2011,changed clutch & mechatronic in dec 2013 at 55,000km, while my other VW, a Cross Touran bought in March 2013 will be changing its…

Eng Michael

You comparison is illogic, job interview and service appointing? and you must have drive a VW before. All owner experience the same that can't even get them answer phone call.…

Chee Keat

I have a Golf 1.4 TSI for about 2 years now. Bought it in January 2012 but it was manufactured in 2011. Honestly I dont face as much problems as…

Victor Hoh

I changed my 308 brake disc at 60k too, less than 3 years. The original brake pad was too abrasive. What a stupid design.

Eng Michael

Other than aircond compressor, radiator fans x 2 x 2, wiper motor x 2, fan speed control electronic module, auto lock electronic modules x 2, bearing nose x 3, burst…

kensomuse

To my knowledge, the EOS shares the same 2.0litre + 6-speed DSG as the Golf GTI which is so far proven to be reliable

Ian

This is my 3rd year having my Golf 1.4TSI. FYI, I've changed 3 mechatronic for a 3yr old car. Absolutely nonsense!!!! The 1st time it failed on me i forced…

Kevin

Dear Ken, What about the VW EOS? According to the specification, they are only using the 6 speed DSG Gearbox. Will they have the same mechatronic problem as the models…

THE 008 LION

why not a pug 5008?

Eng Michael

I had a VW and it give me infinite problems since few months until 3 years. The EWP is a big scam!

Alan K

A fair commentary and technically accurate. In the 2+ years with a golf 6 tsi, I had a change of engine due to cylinder head 1 problem which resulted in…

LIM CHONG TICK

The VW Touareag year 2011 that i am driving has had a couple of issues...1)On the 26/2?2014 this vehicle was serviced and was required to change the transmission oil,old oil…

kensomuse

We have recently published an article that may answer your question here: http://www.kensomuse.com/the-vw-dilemma/

dineskumaran

Hello Ken, I planned to buy a Jetta CKD but worried after read the articles about Jetta's reliability, specially issue about mechatronic, clutch worn and piston crack. But according to…

ZigZag2000

i'll take exora cfe any day...

pang heng see

Everything is ok except should have more airbags horsepower. 1.8 should give 4 airbags and 130+ hp.

kensomuse

When I need to get a stupid fly out of my car. Hahah

kumar

nice write up bro. on the topic of the rear windows, how many of us actually open the other 3 windows other than the driver's one? i believe very few.…

THE 008 LION

What a great pleasure to be riding in this mpv. Comfort and practicality is the keywords

Syah

1.5 years break even based on the additional 15k i have to pay for the Prius C (RM94k), Honda was offering some promo which brought the OTR of the Jazz…

Syah

The prius C doesn't need an RPM indicator as most of the time the engines aren't used if you drive in city. And less than half the time on highways…

Namrod

Based on all your thorough review on the K3 including the "slamming the trunk" case, at last I purchased one last month at Seri Kembangan KIA. After 5 weeks of…

kensomuse

Not a silly question if you're not familiar with continental car stalk configurations. All continentals have their signals on the left whereas wipers are on the right. Now, the question…

Yoyo

Sorry if it sounds like a silly question. With the Merc's gear lever stalk behind the steering wheel, at times would one get it mixed up with the turn signal…

kensomuse

No idea, mate.

kensomuse

As the article states, there is no "better" car .... each has its strengths. The only thing I can advise you is test them more .... I've known people who…

Kienu

any ideas on the date n price of the Audi A3?

Arshad

Hi there I already book a deposit for bmw 316i n the car coming up this August but it's still early stage I can cancel it I juz wanna no…

Pro Detailers

Fantastic effort, Kenneth. I agree completely with you on the driving impression of the Beemer. I've also lived with both vehicles for 2 weeks, driving both interchangeably It was raining…

Harry

Excellent piece especially the opening. Keep it up Ken!

lowprofile

Nice write up. I never did like those tombstone style front seats.

kensomuse

I guess it really depends on what moves you more. Performance or reliability. As far as I am aware, lots of VW owners are reporting less issues with their cars…

amirad

Bro Kenso, Is using mineral oil instead of synthetic oil a guaranteed solution for the DSG7. Currently torn between the new altis and CKD jetta. Current ride is an 8…

Soon

I am proud owner of a 2nd hand Octavia FSI 2.0l. Very good car and spares arfe cheap compare to may other make. Any problem in spare do email me.…

bystander

Also, unlike the CKD Polo/Polo Sedan/Passat, the tyres are now locally sourced Goodyear Assurance Triplemaxs, most likely in order to get certain tax levels to bring down the price...

bystander

I had a look at the CKD Jetta at one of the showrooms when I sent in my CBU Jetta for service. Another thing which is omitted, and (also omitted…

Wilson

awesome + sexy looking car! what do you think about the rear windshield? i was doing a walkthrough last time and I realize it is way x10 too small to…

5050

what I really need from proton is improved interior quality and ambiance and better fuel consumption. and also, please ditch those 'handling by Lotus' trademark..you own them, just integrate the…

THE LION 008

Could agree more with you

sudonano

Only thing is, the Almera still has no ESP and curtain airbags. For a family car, it should, and the City proves that a B segment can have it too...…

Mark

Great article as always, Kenso. I got a hand-me-down 17 years old 1st gen Iswara from my dad when I started college. Changed to a Viva when I started working…

BK

Yay, it is good we are getting new models. I hope Nissan TCM will soon update dinosaur X-Trail with the 2014 model that I seen available in other countries.

kensomuse

Good question ... I'll be getting a 508 GT later today so will report about it soon

Trav

If that's the case, it's deja vu all over again for Proton as this was the similar problem Proton faced a decade ago when it relied on dinosaur models such…

Fuel Cell Phone

Very well thought write up Kenso.. hope it is still not too late to renovate P1 and achieve greater height ..

kensomuse

The mentality of Proton is such that each model is contributing a significant amount to the coffers. For example, last year it sold more than 138k units. We don't have…

sudonano

Spot on. Proton has been here for such a long time, started at the same time as Hyundai Kia. Walk into a Kia Cerato and then walk into a Proton…

chong

Is it the petrol version and diesel version have different suspension setup...?

kensomuse

Oh really? Hmmm, I can live with that. Hardly play with paddle shifters anyways.

sutheshkumar

CKD looses the paddleshifters too!

kensomuse

Thank you for the kind words. Let's not comment much about Paultan's fans; let's say we all have our own personal views and individual bias. Very happy to learn the…

kensomuse

As far as I recall, the CBU unit has 6 speakers (also reported in my first article). Nevertheless, I am in the process of checking with VGM and revert ASAP…

Harry

Well replied Ken, I bought a Polo Sedan based on your article. At first was pretty annoyed with all the little problems and fear of the negativity regarding VW. But…

kensomuse

Volkswagen has announced that “Within the framework of the continuous monitoring of vehicles in the field, Quality Assurance at Volkswagen AG has found that in vehicles with a seven-speed dual-clutch…

bystander

The CBU Jetta had 8 speakers, CKD brings it down to 6.

jeff

what is the permanent solution for the premature mechatronic failure in the 7-speed DSG gearbox? using mineral oil?

Happy

Nice review! Btw it is not equipped with smart entry and push start button? :o The click clacks in the car are just awesome! Head up display woohoo! If there's…

Wilson

Awesome review Ken! enjoy reading this piece of art! keep up with the good work!

ZigZag2000

Any reason why the rear window couldn't be open?goshh....

arman

3000km grace timing might sound absurd but comparing booking a service slot to attending an interview is ridiculous. When people paid north of 100k, they expect some kind of service.…

farq

Scheduling for service is within the owner's control. Blaming it to others only shows your lack of accountability and sheer attitude of passing the buck around. It's the same scenario…

BK

Hmm...I prefer Nissan's Qashqai 2014. Too bad we will likely never get this officially in Malaysia. The X-Gear seems more like just a jacked up version of Livina, and I…

BK

Typo…the only Toyota car (hybrid CBU) worth buying, other Toyota have minimal safety equipment!

BK

Typo...the only Toyota car worth buying, other Toyota have minimal safety equipment!

BK

Hmm...It's interesting to note that the new Accord and new City seems to finally over similarly standard/optional equipment comparable to the Koreans. Good for us consumers, who have been basically…

jinowey

Hi,I just got to read your article on this Forte, I'm looking for a used forte 2.0 6 speed on the market now. One thing can I ask about is…

lowprofile

will be interesting for you to do a comparison test with the fiesta 1.5 and 208 since they're all non turbo now.

kensomuse

No, you're right. It's ventilated discs in front and drums for the rear and it applies for all variants. Personally, aside from aesthetic and slightly improved stopping power, it's not…

Ken Ng

Oh nvm, I mistook the ugly rims for drums.. its discs in all variants =)

Ken Ng

How bout the discs/drum brakes? I saw from the pics that the new city have downgraded to drum brakes on the rear. Is this for all variants or just S…

Kalvin

Hi Kenso, i almost want to place a down payment for 408T after test drive, but after read so many bad comments from 308 owners, I really doubt about its…

StevieG

Hey Ken, wht's your take on the mineral oil mentioned by VW would solve the dsg issue? Is it proven?

kensomuse

Locate another SC. Mine was due a few days ago .... managed to book a slot to service tomorrow morning but that call was made 2 weeks ago. Perhaps you…

kopite

Bro, I've called for a service appointment and was told the next slot available is in 3 weeks time! In 3 weeks, I might over shot my scheldule by 500km…

Subangjayaguy

both are great buy, i prefer the polo but sadly no M/T problem with 208 gti is that they dont have the test unit in showroom ready.

lowprofile

having a grace period of 3,000km to perform a service is just ridiculous. those people should just plan ahead and not assume that european marques operate like the japanese (my…

lowprofile

hmmm, no additional news on this car?

lowprofile

my default choice too.

Eizad

Is the DSG problem rectified in MKVII? Deciding to get one if the infamous problem is rectified.

kensomuse

Thanks, bro. VW states 'Speed sensitive electronic power steering' in the Polo Sedan brochure

Mark

Yo bro, steering for Polo Sedan is Hydraulic. Cheers

kensomuse

Ahhh, thanks for the spot, bro. Missed that one. Everywhere else the 16" is correctly mentioned except that part.

ZigZag2000

"The 5-door 208 comes with 195/55/R15 two tone Helium alloys", actually it wears 16" helium alloy...

kensomuse

Well, there are times when one cannot simply look at the spare parts pricing and proclaim that since you reduce this, this and this, it should cost that, that and…

sudonano

Thing is, the TSI and DSG combo is easily 20-30k more than the (older) MPI and normal auto. Plus, they have definitely reduced the cost of the materials. I think…

Lowpro

yup, agreed. seems like some rushed, late night work. well, this is where the govt is heading to isn't it?

King

Great write up ... unfortunately the same cannot be said of the 2014 NAP. It is crazy that they needed 5 years to come up with this crap !

WILSON

indeed, the interior looks much better compared to the previous version. but i do mind about the ICE unit, isn't that a tad too small? i think it is similar…

kensomuse

Hi Wilson, Thanks for the support! 1) No speed limiter there; it's just the standard cruise control buttons. 2) Yup. Front also maintains the MacPherson Strut with coil spring set-up…

wilson

Kenso, just a few questions, 1) is there a speed limiter on the right spoke of the steering? 2) how about suspensions, rear still with Multi-links? 3) lastly, materials. soft…

sutheshkumar

Correction, i10 now sports rear fogs too

Pluto

You'll need to consciously and skillfully "work" this car hard in order to enjoy the thrill of its handling. Reminds me of the Civic FD-R where how it goes depends…

Pluto

Your 2nd last paragraph perfectly summarizes why the Kizashi will never be a hot seller. Well written review! Keep up the great work!

kensomuse

Well, there are quite a number of good cars with good engines paired to a CVT transmission but I think we can safely say that any car costing below RM110k…

Wilson

Damn you ken! the joke on Maria Ozawa makes me laugh like a clown in my office! but good review! not to forget, the all new 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX…

kensomuse

The time when I had it, I was running on RON 95. No issues at all.

sudonano

110% agree that a CVT on this is such a no no. Put a 6 speed auto, and try to get it working on normal 95 RON petrol, and they…

boni

Hi Ken, Thanks for your nice review and good explanation.

kensomuse

I don't think it's a question of Europeans preferring a lighter steering; more like the Polo sedan (or as you have shared in the link, Vento in India) is designed…

boni

Hi Ken, Yes, I have tested both Honda City and Vw Polo Sedan. No doubt, the build of Polo Sedan is really solid and give me the feel of class…

kensomuse

The steering is electric assisted and being a city car that it is, it's light but not to the point like Asian made cars where there's hardly any feedback. Personally…

boni

Hi Ken, When you drove the polo sedan, don't you feel that the steering is too light (over assisted) and not much feedback to the driver? It may feel stiff…

kensomuse

Your money, your call, mate .... .... and we wonder why there's a growing number of bankruptcies in Malaysia. Of course it wouldn't be fair to blame Apple for such…

sudonano

Wah, nowadays looks like cannot buy an iPhone just like that. T.T

kensomuse

Dang, I'm missing a whole year! Thanks for the spot, bro. Corrected accordingly.

Jeffrey Ong

Good one! BTW Malaysian insider published on Dec 2013 not 2012.

sudonano

"Still, the Accordana should be a lot safer when it comes to an accident. After all, our ministers (and their immediate spouses) are very important and who knows how Malaysia…

Brazbuz

The last sentence is superb hahaha

shazz

The audio entertainment specifications are quite impressive. How did it sounds? If compared to Peugeot 508?

sudonano

I think it is quite sad that the JLR family, Audi family, BMW Group, Kia and Alfa Romeo is not there. I have a feeling, the Note is coming to…

kensomuse

I'm sorry, I don't run a spare parts shop so can't tell you how much they cost. However, most Skoda users buy from See Soon. You can try contacting them…

zaihan

Hi kensomuse.. thanks for sharing ur experience with us.. very useful info.. here i have a few question.. i just bought 2nd hand skoda octavia 1.8l turbo.. can u list…

BK

Agree 100% with you, it's a competitive market and the Kizashi has done nothing wrong, but nothing spectacular. If I were to look for a car, there's so much to…

Lowpro

They should just spec it down and price it closer to the Lancer Sportback; the 'other' 2.4L C-Segment car. Afterall, the Kizashi will never be considered in any informed person's…

sudonano

I guess it leaves a lot out then. At that price for a "technically" C segment, it's more like in the Jetta's price. Just that it is not as nice…

Mus

Kenso, Thanks for comparing both GTIs. I wish you could write more often. I am personally enjoying your write up Keep it up the good work.

Lowpro

nicely written!

kensomuse

You would think correctly. 10.6m is the turning circle. Thanks for the spot and article corrected accordingly.

tlc

Methinks the turning radius for the Polo is 5.3m (it's turning diameter would be 10.6m) vs the 208's 5.2m!

AMINROY

i just bought my griffe yesterday. going for final service center diagnose, this n that process, puspakom for reg no. interchange and JPJ. my adrenalin rush today when i went…

Lowpro

it was a good show. super hot though and i'm still sunburned till today!

ernie

hi bro, will there be a review of the volvo v40 t4 & t5? the car looks damn sexy.

John

Am a Sabahan who grew up in Sabah and lived there for 20 years. Basically, any 90s vintage Land Cruiser is a Ninja Turtle, or a Ninja. Land Cruisers with…

eric

Ya, Naza should be more patient and let their car to be more price competitive as to gain better market segment. Anyway, hope it will sell well as well with…

eric

Congrats and enjoy it, was right behind a K3 on highway and found its body looks wide and sporty. DRL at the headlamp looks cool as well :)

Jon

Hey Ken, The Jazz Hybrid CKD has a RM10k discount ongoing at the moment. What are your thoughts now? Obviously many would swing towards the JH since RV will shoot…

khus

If I am looking to buy a car this category. I will buy this Beemer if I had only around RM170K budget. If I had more budget, Merc will be…

abu

Hey Ken, The headrest can be adjusted. It is a 3 way adjustments where you can move it horizontally with 3 clicks as compared to those normal vertical movement.

leong

Hi Ken, great review! You mention that the 17" rim in SX model is a light weight rim which means it's weight is around ??? Is it somehow lighter than…

ernie

the designer truly slept through the design process. super yucky look.

VW

Hi Ken, Ya I'm aware of the Aussie case. That's why we will not compromise our safety for their faulty product. I think that's problem when a company channel 99%…

kensomuse

Yes, still using the Mk 6. So far no issues since the last one reported here. Sadly in most cases, it takes the loss of life before manufacturers perk up…

Vw

Ok. Thanks.. You still using your MK6? Actually those victims none concern about the safety at all? I think not only veemer, the vw after sales of all dealers got…

kensomuse

Unfortunately, I don't. Those that I know of experiencing problems just keep making a lot of noise at the dealership and to VGM on a daily basis to get things…

Vw

Hi Ken, Do you have the channel to lodge complain other than the info@volkswagen.com.my ? 1.4 TSI engine completely shut down while cruising, strong juddering, now sitting in dealer compression…

szam

Design terjun longkang

ernie

drove it. nice but not nice. cant quite figure out what. tires too big i think. and of course the korean reputation precedes them.

jason

me too... after test drive jetta n passat... never thught want to buy japanese or korean or local car

StevieG

How was the fuel consumption for Rio?

kensomuse

Gosh, you're right. We missed out the Chevy ... will updated it later.

Fuel Cell Phone

With all the bells and whistles put into this new Accord, I find the new Camry is truely kosong.

Fuel Cell Phone

Hi there, how about the Chevy Sonic? It was launched around this new Rio launched if not mistaken, yet rarely seen on the road compared to Rio

BK

I find "Mr. Chan" Proton advertisement to be really tacky with that cheesy "Ah Beng trying to speak proper English" accent. I always switched to another radio station the moment…

sudonano

"My mother’s neighbor’s auntie’s 2nd mother’s son’s wife say ah, after sales and parts availability vely bad" Hahahahaha And wait. Fiesta no more 7 airbags? O.o NOOOOO.

ernie

dont know why after driving the polo i am unable to sit in any non conti cars. feel dizzy and uneasy. not sure about this accord. it looks nice though.

kensomuse

Hi Ac, I am guessing most of your friends have your best interest in mind for recommending you not to buy a Skoda. I am also hazarding that none of…

Ac

Hi, saw a Skoda for sale in mudah.com. The price is good, but when I asked around, my friends discouraged me to buy, reason being, no spare parts and expensive…

sudonano

That is the thing. WHY THE SECRECY? There is a malay proverb, berani kerana benar, takut kerana salah...

Fraz006

Small2 things.. Haha, i know this before i bought saga blm and inspira. The interior small2 things have very high possibility to tercabut, longgar or whatever. Thats what proton still…

First Car

Kenso, Couldn't agree more with your review as well as your comment to Enthu. Safety is safety.No compromise about that. Keep up the good job,mate.

ericmaxman

There is a foglight. Try tracing the wires being the foglight

ernie

the glove compartment jammed when i tried to open it at the platinum show room. had to pull it open.then i tried another showroom and same thing. it keeps getting…

Fuel Cell Phone

Quality issue noticeably in the interior's fit and finish issue makes me remember my test drive of the Preve Seriously, dunno when P1 can really improve overall quality of reliability…

sudonano

Get a Kia Rio. Really. Or the clearence Forte six speed. Showroom unit, with 20km on the odo, and you tell me the airbag cover is coming off the A…

sudonano

Oh coincidence! Was there on friday. The poor build of the showroom unit itself put me off the test drive.

sutheshkumar

I have tested the Suprima last Saturday. Personally for a Proton I think it is a good effort. But...... - the plastics despite being softer, still needs improvement. - the…

kensomuse

Thanks for the spot, error corrected. Incidentally, that one model I managed to test is the same SS14 dealer you went to.

sudonano

Small typo there: "your balls' would would 'fail you long before the limits of the car is reached." Otherwise good writeup. I did notice poor finish in the Suprima too…

Amir

Does jetta has similar issue? SA keep saying that the issue is resolved for 2013 but i'm still skeptical. Anyone can verified this?

NOOR AFIF BIN HASHIMARANI

ade open untuk jawatan kosong tak?? sebagai service advisor dan part stor? tq..

kensomuse

Not tested it but I've never been one to rely on reverse cameras. As long as it has beep-beep-beep, it's good enough for me. Some ladies might disagree though but…

Yoyo

Its such a shame that the new CRV doesn't come with reverse sensors..one look at the brochure one would not notice the absence of a reverse sensor until the actual…

V.O

I'm driving 1.6. FC 7.6 L/100km. So far, i'm happy with this car.

kensomuse

Hi Naz, Sweet that you're choosing between these 2 cars for a weekend ride. My views about both cars is that the Focus handles more sharply compared to the Golf.…

Naz

Hi kenso! I am in dilemma to choose between focus sport + or used golf mk6 (budget is <130K). Cannot make up my mind after testing both cars (only tested…

Eric

Just collected my NU Cvvl K5 3 days ago, i would say its a very comfortable car yet with sporty characters(body roll control,exterior and interior). The car always feel planted…

bojek

oow. ok. I'll try ask them later. actually, before getting 508, my house have one 407. To me for solid driving experience,407 duly delivered that. not so with 508, tbh.…

kensomuse

Not so simple, bro. The 17" tires do contribute towards making the ride less jittery but to satisfy your need, it would take more than that. Suspension tuning is an…

bojek

Hi Kenso. need some advice. my house do have one, the premium spec petrol 508, and I do agree with you when taking high speed corner and when driving speed…

Abu

I think NAZA so greddy. They thought they're succeed with Forte. They should continue with lower prices & better spec until M'sia mindset can accept KIA cars. RM95k for 1.6…

sudonano

IMO, at time of writing, there are only 3 D segments, that make sense. 1. 508 Premium (especially the diesel) 2. Mazda6 2.5 sedan. (only one with the i-ACTIVESENSE) 3.…

SUV Lover

Agree!! Ford kuga is nearly to a perfect SUV~ unfortunately lack of navi and reverse cam~ But it's doesn't matter, so I am going to get one =)

NA

So can it drive faster than a turbo now? (Calling SuperForte!!) Anyway, this is a well specs car. Maybe the facelift in future need to touch on rear seat design,…

kensomuse

Screen size seems the same to me. No keyless entry

Z

That is the 'normal' Gti My understanding is that we not getting the performance version, What a shame !

kensomuse

Thanks for spotting the error. 88 was referring to the kW.

StevieG

The max torque on 88Nm? Paul Tan's site mentioned it to be 146Nm..

sutheshkumar

Bro, did you managed to peek whether we are getting the larger screen head unit and also KESSY?

kensomuse

Hi Enthu, Thank you very much for your feedback. I truly appreciate it. With regards to how and what I write, there's always 2 sides of a coin. I believe…

Enthu

"By all means, go with the Japanese makes with excellent resale value. Hope that 2 airbags counts for you and your family in a side collision." As a journalist, i…

Jamesong

You did not mention that there will be a new Jazz coming out this Sept / Oct i.e. current model is being replaced???

kensomuse

Nothing that runs on 4 wheels and can comfortably carry 5 people in it is exactly cheap in Malaysia, mate

indomee

For the 1st time i feel finally they have launch a affordable car. Not exactly cheap but still better then 90k range right? hehe

kensomuse

Not at all. Picks up like a normal 2.0litre NA engine

Yoyo

Great article Kenso. I've a Q, Did the Kuga felt sluggish/heavy when moving from standstill? Thx

kensomuse

In my books, rear air conditioning vents is something I can manipulate to blow on my face, not my socks. There's quite a number of cars equipped with vents below…

mosfar

Actually about rear air cond vent..forte also got rear aircond vent but its hidden under the front seat and cannot be control its speed like cerato.

kensomuse

The term 'affordable' is pretty subjective, bro. But yes, at its current price bracket (coupled with Bank Negara's stricter controls of loan applications), its possible that a large number of…

Fhas

Decent review and as expected full of pictures and details! =) Well done Kenso! I love all the new-features, which more or less will stun Cerato competitors. However IMHO,with the…

kensomuse

LOL, I like your comparison to the Vios trunk lid slamming. Having driven a Vios for a couple of years, I have to say there aren't many cars that slams…

namrod

oh good, your comparison chart is up and running. have two questions here for you kenso: 1 - is the trunk lid have to slam it to shut like current…

kensomuse

Thanks for the kind words!

WIlson

Kenso, I had been reading plenty of reviews on the Cerato and i find yours the most detailed and presented in a way that it impress me the most. from…

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. 1) FC should be better than the Forte but as we were driving like dogs being let out of a kennel after being in it the…

kensomuse

As some has speculated, with the price increasing so much, the Koup should also logically cost more. The problem is, once it crosses the RM130k mark, it would be uncomfortably…

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. Glad you enjoyed reading it. Hmmmm, very odd that my comparison chart was missing. I was wondering why you were asking me to include both variants…

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. I didn't have a chance to go with a fully loaded 1.6litre but I did experience a fully loaded 2.0litre. As mentioned earlier, it's a reversal…

Baka

Kenso, This is one of the better reviews I've read yet. Based on your experience, is the pickup & acceleration of a 1.6 Cerato sufficient if there are 4 adults…

namrod

at last, the wait for an unbiased review is over. great write up there kenso, as i think the new cerato is quite by far have the upper hand in…

Nelson

A good car nonetheless. But Kia is pushing their luck with such high incremental, they have to understand Malaysian mentality is still Jap=Resale Value / Korean=Cheap and affordable with alot…

khus

Well done. Very detail & good review. :) I think a lot readers want to know about: 1) Fuel consumption. Is it good? 1.6 or 2.0 better? 2) How about…

AyamGolek

Actually limiting the players in the market to the well connected is also part of the problem. Why must GLCs be favored with licenses to franchise any brand? Isn't it…

Ken Ng

hmm, I'm very sorry to post a link to another website here, but LLD truly gives quite a convincing explanation for the FOB prices: http://www.livelifedrive.com/malaysia/news/view/3808/explaining-the-mystery-behind-high-car-prices-in-malaysia---part-2 I'm in no way affiliated…

kensomuse

Thanks for dropping your views. I truly appreciate it. Hmmm, with regards to your CBU Jazz, I find it rather strange. As you say, the CIF price is RM59.5k. I'm…

Ken Ng

Very good analysis, and great job on providing the proof to substantiate your facts. May I also add that as an owner of a CBU Jazz Hybrid myself, and many…

kopite

Kill of Proton and maybe we'll see real competition. APs is a contributor to the pricing too. Just go to any European website, mags, tv-shows that talk about cars and…

Alphawolf

2 years warranty? man...that is freaking short.

Alphawolf

Great review. Always had a soft-spot for Alfa Romeos. Not really a great fan of the exterior styling (would had preferred less curves), but the interior are fantastic. If I…

Alphawolf

great and in-depth review, as usual.

ernie

thank you ken. now i like the AR. great write up.

kopite

A truly beautiful and sexy car as always. AR is a niche and acquired taste. Heard many horror stories about it. Some even swore that the car has a mind…

Nelson

Suprised that you have missed out the DNA function hahaha...The Salesman didnt guide you thru the Giu's function? Ergonomics is always not AR's forte, even Jap/Korean can do much better…

nelson

IMHO I still prefers MK6's GTI design, rather than MK7.

kensomuse

Thank you for your feedback. You're right .... things are moving a little slowly. Will pick up pace soon. Thank you for your support!

khus

Hopefully U can write an article at least once a week if not more. Kensomuse.com is a good blog/portal, some article much better than paultan, however very slow in publish…

kensomuse

LOL ... sorry for the mistake. Error corrected

kensomuse

That's what I hear too ... and it is likely to be true but nothing is set in stone.

aureola

any news regarding 2013 kia cerato/forte? i've heard it will be launched this july.

kensomuse

Not that I am aware and if there is, it is marginal.

kensomuse

Yup .... but everything else is developed differently between each company

kensomuse

Oops, you're right. Gosh, I've got to do a couple of HDi = TDi corrections

BK

I heard that Tuareg actually shares the same chassis as Porsche Cayeene. Any truth in this?

Khus

FC 7.2 liter per km? Sound like Enterprise Star Trek F1 car.

sutheshkumar

HDi? Dude I thought that was reserved for the PSA?

ERIC

Hi Kenso, Any review of differences in terms of refinement and NHV improvement of NU CVVL model as compare to previous theta II K5? Wonder if there is any. Cheers,…

Eric

Just found out your blog, very interesting car review and feel that its trustable as compare to some of the similar car review blogger, keep it up my friend. Hope…

wongcf2004

How much on our mk6? Mileage and year? E mail me.thanks.

BlitzAce

In term of looks, I prefer the mk6 a bit more. Or perhaps because all the options available currently to mod its looks :D Btw ken, how's ur mk6 DSG…

amirad

Usually people will say a polo is a scaled down golf and a jetta is a golf with a boot. Now looking at the new golf, its either a scaled…

kensomuse

Nice! Enjoying it, no doubt

Jg

No problem. Also the A (auto start stop) sign is on the right top corner. Not left. I m familiar as my wife got her mk7 ;)

kensomuse

Hmmm, good spot. You're right .... even in the brochure, the XDS is also stated to be present. In other countries, the XDS has been clearly mentioned to be exclusive…

Jg

In vw Malaysia website it mentioned XDS is present in MK7. Misinterpretation?

kensomuse

No, the XDS is not in the 1.4TSi although both Mk VI and Mk VII has EDL. EDL detects wheel spin and brakes the wheel individually. The XDS however applies…

Jg

The XDS is present in the MK7. Not sure if the 6's EDL is the same as the XDS in 7.

Lowpro

you're supposed to adjust the steering wheel lower. viewing of the meters is above the wheel now as compared to traditional designs where you look through the wheel.

ernie

and oh my for tall ppl, when the steering is adjusted to suit our height it blocks the view of the meter panel. how did pug overlook this? and what…

fuel cell phone

looking forward for a test drive review, as well as comparison with the 208's competitors

Lp16

It was highly rated by Topgear. Ya, with the price, I don't think we are going to see many on our streets.

Francis

Hi Lynne019, There is no wrong decision, the 1.6 was created to cater for people who wants to drive a segment C level without paying a hefty price tag for…

kensomuse

Didn't have a chance to test the petrol so cannot comment much. As for the TD, it's very similar to what I get in my sedan. Considering the fuel tank…

khus

It's good to know that Evoque got 12K km service interval. Can I know how much fuel consumption during test drive. Which one better FC, diesel or petrol?

kensomuse

Sorry, I tried searching for the info and the best I came up with is the maintenance items during each service (up to 60,000km). Have updated the schedule sheet in…

fuel cell phone

in deed kenso, vw is the 'people's car' brand, ironically but certainly its for certain 'people' only here in bolehland :-p

a

True, I'm finding out about it soon enough(just been here for a month).

khus

How about maintenance/service cost?

kensomuse

No vehicle is ever "cheap" in Malaysia.

kensomuse

Depends on how you look at it. With an official price gap of over RM35k, the 308T certainly appears more value for money .... it has specifications that matches the…

kensomuse

Ooops, mistake. Thanks for spotting

a

Well this petrol AT in India retails for around RM 60k OTR(1.05 million INR), with leather seats, auto climate control, and a RCD310 stereo with USB, ipod etc. Quite expensive…

Lp16

Signal is on the left, not right.

fuel cell phone

Hi Kenso, I wonder how does the 308T compare to the Golf TSI ? If not mistaken, outside the price range almost similar, but not in bolehland.

sudonano

Malaysian torrential rain, mud slides, flood, collapsing flyovers …. the Evoque takes them all in stride. SO TRUE.

fuel cell phone

Imho, if only the interior can be up-quality to match the price. Exterior wise, sure a head turner, only whether due unique or awkward lol.

StevieG

Thanks for the info and advise Ken. Appreciate it as dun wan my hard earn money goes down the drain. Glad to hear that your Golf is problem free and…

kensomuse

Thanks for dropping by. Here's what I think are the answers to your questions:- 1) Who knows? There's a lot of talk saying the DSG failure is limited to the…

Goofy

Fantastic write-up ! Keep it up :)

StevieG

Hi Ken, Got a couple of questions would like to seek for ur advise. 1) 2013 vw cars would have any improvement on their DSG failures? 2) would parking the…

Lp16

Electric cars are more of a showcase for the manufacturer rather than gunning for volume sales. More gimmick than substance. I remembered watching an episode of Top Gear reviewing the…

kensomuse

Nice! What's the indicative price?

lee kok leong

is booking 1.4 beetle at bangsar vw outlet .hope i am no 1 beetle 1.4. in seremban..

NA

Griffe in this context would mean Signature Edition no?

sudonano

"I’ve encountered good SAs …… and SAs who’s sole purpose in existing is to bring new meaning to the word stupidity." I can tell you Land Rover Malaysia and UMW…

WengMeng

Today I walk into the Glenmarie show room. They were easily 6 to 7 staffs talking to each other and not a single customer. But no one bothered to entertain…

kensomuse

Hahah, after being published for almost 4 months, only now do we spot it. Thanks, bro

ernie

bro, can you kindly add the letter N to the heading.wrong spelling ya.

kensomuse

Hmm, you're right .... I should correct my error

Gem

actually forte koup also the car that >100k but got single zone auto air cond..

indomee

Why are they even wasting time & effort to launch this with that kinds of pricing?

kensomuse

Because the engine and gearbox combo is taken off from the 308 VTi. To re-engineer a 6 speed for the VTi engine makes little economic sense unless they're planning to…

Razor

4 speed? Y not 6 speed??

kensomuse

I'm sorry, I fail to see how or why that article should be labeled as idiotic. I have read the article and perhaps it's me who's idiotic for not seeing…

angel

You should read review from livelifedrive.com idiot writer

kensomuse

Hi Lynne019, Thanks for dropping by. Unless I have read Fiz's posting wrong, he said he "made" the wrong decision. Once a person has made his purchase, I felt there…

Lynne019

Hi Kensomuse! I'm kinda disappointed with yr response to Mr Fiz's lines of questions regarding the 1.6 sedan variant coz basically i share the same issue or rather dilemma with…

kensomuse

Hi Ai Hoon, thank you for the invitation. Yes, I will attend

lee ai hoon

Hi, I am AI Hoon from Bermaz. Thanks for your good comment. Would like to invite you for our M6 launch at our Glenmarie HQ on 20th Mar 6.30pm.

Kevin

Ken, do you know what is the FC for the new Sorento? Both Urban and Highway if possible. Thanks

kensomuse

Difference in quality? Not that I am aware of. I would be more concerned about how and where the 2012 stocks where stored.

fon

just saw em 208, the 2 door looks sweet. they're on 205/45/R17 tyres

shah

hehe..reverse's sensor. c'mon man. i'll gonna test drive PS at Alor Setar end of this month. There's no VW dealer here in KT. SA at Alor Setar said that Nov…

Ken Watson

Hi Bryan u may have been driving the polo sedan for some 4 months now. Any complaint or still happy with the car? I am asking coz I am contemplating…

Motoren

Interesting insight, thanks for that Kenso. I have been waiting to get behind the wheel of the 208 for a while and once I did get there, I was kinda…

Alphawolf

looks good. The interior leather looks especially nice, with it's cool red stitching. But I think sales are falling...rarely seen a new 308, 3008 & 5008 anymore. Surviving on 508s…

kensomuse

Alphawolf is right, the comparison is more against similar segment continentals only. If we take into account the Rio, then we also have to factor in the Suzuki Swift, Mazda…

alphawolf

ops. i thought you had directed the question at me. my bad. rio is a good car too.

alphawolf

kenso only states between a polo, 208 and fiesta, so among them i would had chosen the pug. maybe kenso just want to compare it to other continentals.

Amir

Err...isnt the new Rio a worthy car to compete too?

Alphawolf

Went to a used-car dealer to check out on a couple of Fabias (one white and one blue)... disappointed to found out that the one I am interested in (the…

Alphawolf

Between a Fiesta or the 208? Definitely a 208...even though dynamically a Fiesta is better..

sudonano

WOW. Now that is a Fiesta killer maybe? We need the FL Fiesta with MyKey and all

kensomuse

There is, such as air filters from K&N, after market headlights like the one I installed on my Octy. A quick search in eBay gives you loads of poison :P

Alphawolf

Hello Kenso Another question. Are there any such thing as non-oem parts for Skodas here in Msia?

Alphawolf

too bad, thanks anyway. Went Googling and failed to find a "Malaysian Skoda Club" or something of that ilk. Am actively looking for a good Skoda with full service history..so…

kensomuse

Sorry, I have not, bro.

Alphawolf

Hello, Had you driven the Fabia before? Is the 2nd hand good buy?

kensomuse

Really? Odd as the car has reverse sensors. Bring it back to the dealership and ask them?

Is poi

Just get my polo sedan, but why I dun have that parking distance warning system like picture( 4 sensor at bumper)

sudonano

Although mechanically the Hyundai is better, but in terms of comfort, the Sorento does a better job than the Gen 2 Santa Fe.

kensomuse

Thanks for the spot and the sound suggestion. We will take that into consideration.

khus

Nice write up. I just found out that table for sportage spec is wrong. It suppose to be wider than CRV but wt lower height. It also got headlight leveling,…

kensomuse

That depends on how often you ferry rear passengers and goods. I'd go for the Golf unless I regularly hit the roads with my family or I need to transport…

Rahman77

Should I buy Jetta or the golf mark Vll?

kensomuse

Turns out the little bird is wrong .... the release date of the spec and price is tomorrow (evening to be more precise) so stay tuned

kensomuse

Well, a little bird told me it's going to be on Tuesday evening so I guess we'll have to wait till then. As for the Jetta hybrid, not even a…

Sukhesh Sadanandan

Do let me know when the Golf Mk VII will be launched in Malaysia and the price. Also the Jetta hybrid when will it be launched in Malaysia ? Will…

ernie

oh boy i definitely want to sit in one. even just for short time. and my my what amazing shots by Khairul. well done bro.

kensomuse

The 7 speed DSG gearbox has a widely reported issue of mechatronic failure and pre-mature wearing of the clutch plates and is widely seen in the 1.4TSi Golf and 1.2TSi…

JT

Hello, May I know do you heard about the complaints about Passat's 7 speed DSG gearbox? I'm very tempted to go for this car compare to 508, but is worried…

Nelson

Great write up and photos! The red plastics around the dashboard & door panel is nice, but not practical, need to constantly wipe off the fingerprints IMHO.

sudonano

Once again nice article and awesome pics!

ernie

wow thanks bro.

indomee

Nice spec comparison bro! I would say CX5 win the new crv jz by the spec & styling! :)

lee kok leong

is posible beetle1.4.priceis below rm160k rgd

sutheshkumar

Dude, a quick note. The Beetle 1.2 is also equipped with 6 airbags. Check it in their spec sheets.

kensomuse

Switch off the ignition and depending whether you want to turn on the left or right side of the parking lights, signal left or right.

ernie

bro, any idea how to switch on the parking lights?

Omithofo

After review the comments from many VW users in the VW official facebook, decided to pull on hold.

kensomuse

I doubt it since the year has ended .... still, do note that different sales centres offers different discount structures so no harm shopping around.

Omithofo

20k discount? is it still valid?

kadajawi

The C5 is not the cheaper version of the DS5. The DS5 is a 3008 in a nicer dress and really well made. So it is basically a C segment…

Lowpro

C-range most probably not coming in.

ben

When Brooklands was selling the C5 last year, it was priced at 188K compared to the 169K for the 508.

sudonano

Nice! But maybe we could wait for the C5 which is the cheaper version of the DS5 that may be priced at the 508 price. Nevertheless, remember how last time…

Lowpro

nice!! the write up i mean. crisp and neat.

kensomuse

Patience, bro ... since the car is not launched, nothing is set on stone yet.

EL

Bro Kenso, The rim looks ugly.. Why dun they bring the one like in Singapore launch recently where they comes with 17" or 18" Sport version with sunroof? Also missed…

ernie

the retro look is back. welcome to the 70-80's. love it.

sudonano

The pictures are amazing. So is the review. very well written. You make those articles by the newspapers look like it was written by 3 year olds. Good job.

Kenny

1) Any paddle shift? 2) What is the size of the rims?

azlan

Looks like there is no auto lights..

ernie

is autoworld down? i cant seem to get in.

Mok

I was test driving the car the other day. The SA told me there's engine temperature showing in the display. But I can't seems to rememeber that. Also, my wife…

ernie

thank you. FA jln 222 pj got the rubbers refitted/realigned and its all good.

kensomuse

Not for me to answer, bro ... you need to check with the respective manufacturers. Problems crop up from time to time but as long as a permanent solution can…

ernie

bro, on another note, do you have any squeeks in your skoda so far. my polo sedan doors are already squeeking. its on 2 months old. very sad man.going to…

kensomuse

Depends on what you're expecting, mate. At least it comes with a TFT touchscreen infotainment system .... the current Mk VI stock 1.4TSi doesn't even have that. Germans are known…

sutheshkumar

Looks sparsely equipped from the pic eh?

kensomuse

I found it in eBay. Plus taxes, it costs about RM1,4++. Incidentally, I took it off as I wanted to retain back the original look. Also, the headlamp is not…

nabil

Kenso, I am a proud owner of 2nd hand Skoda as well. Out of curiosity, how do you order the headlight from Germany ? How much does it cost ?…

kensomuse

VW has 2 generic head units; Radio CD (RCD) and Radio Navigation System (RNS). The Polo sedan's inherent headunit is a RCD210, a very basic, single DIN. The headunit cavity…

KALAI

Hi, Just read your complete review on VW Polo Sedan and I am really impressed with the car now. You have mentioned about change the audio unit to RCD? What…

kensomuse

Thank you for the kind words. Compared to some of the international motoring journalists, the level of English finesse in which they possess leaves me greatly humbled. I have yet…

Harpreet

I thoroughly enjoy reading your articles. I do have to say - your English proficiency and articulation is excellent. Keep up the good work

kensomuse

Jeremy Clarkson's reviews are more entertainment than factual nowadays.

ernie

thank you bro. very informative. Happy new year.

WYY6

Golfs even got *****rating from Jeremy Clarkson. but if they continue to breakdown like that and the SCs are not helpful, how to buy one? :(

WYY6

I also test-drove the same car, focusing much on the "feel". I didn't feel exactly exhilarating after the drive, maybe Expectation set a tad too high beforehand. Strictly on ride…

kensomuse

Noted with thanks. Actually, your message made me realise I have not updated the Sonata spec to reflect the 2.4 variant, instead using only the 2.0HS specs. Corrected accordingly

Nelson

Nice review. I would say this car is like a "Revolution" than "Evolution" for this new Mazda 6. Definately way better than Toyota Camry. Kudos to Mazda engineering team for…

khus

Good write up. :) However U should update yr table. Current K5 use electric power steering not hydraulic anymore. Sonata 2.0 & 2.4 also upgraded which the highest spec already…

kensomuse

Answer - if it was as simple as adding 1 killer ingredient, everyone would have a best selling recipe. The appeal of the Mazda 6 is an overall package, IMHO.

carpathia

question - what is the 1 killer feature of the mazda 6 ? i still think mondeo and peugeot 508 is better priced and spec than this.

kensomuse

Not exactly an apple to apple comparison, bro. Go for the test drive ... thought it might not necessarily behave like a continental, it might be as close to the…

kensomuse

Thanks for the spot. Corrected accordingly

Man

Great write up. Love the lengthy details n pics. One correction thou, the cup holder does come with a lid. It slides up from the left side.

sudonano

This looks like the best D segment car out there. Beats the Passat and the Mondeo too. Though to beat a BMW or a Merc? Features maybe, dynamics, maybe not...

Yip Yoke Tong

Vw Scirocco is a very sexy looking car. Passat CC is the same. I think they were meant to thrill or make your neighbors and friends envious! Off topic: Not…

Kevin

Kenso...real good write up..i've heard alot of mechantronic problem on the DSG Gearbox for VW and also read from your blog...has this affected the Passat as well? Still contemplating between…

cslimf1

I want passat with 508 package. Why VW can't have this kind package? Even optional also don't have for customer add on passat.

kensomuse

I think in any comparison of 508 vs Passat, you'd have the same argument .... the performance and comfort of Passat vs the complete package of the 508. Ultimately, you'll…

kensomuse

The DSG issue is more widely documented on the Polo Sport and Golf 1.4TSi. The Golf GTi which uses the wet clutch 6 speed DSG does not have the same…

cslimf1

Hi, I also compared passat and 508sw. What I see 508sw is more better packages. 508sw have keyless system, colour head up display, motorised tailgate, awesome panaromic roof, 10-speaker JBL…

amirad

Does this DSG problem affect other models such as polo, jetta and passat? They're using the same gearbox. I'm on the polo, hoping and praying that mine will be problem…

amirad

We did an emergency braking at 160 km/h without holding the steering wheel on the golf gti and the car stopped as if it ran into a giant jelly cube.…

kensomuse

That's true .... hence I prefer the Golf R if it comes down to wanting a sporty, practical car. As to Autoworld, I have no idea. The key in any…

Tony Seah

Ken, from my overseas experience, VW is not really in the same class as a Bmw or a Mercedes. The Scirocco is not really comfortable for long distance and in…

Bryan

Ken, no soundproofing at all. I know wont regret. But moved from SLK (small lil kelisa) to Polo Sedan is a huge soundproof for me already.hahahahahhaa, joking. Im sentimental type,…

kensomuse

No worries, mate. As long as you're happy ..... but seriously, do the soundproofing thing on your door. You won't regret it .... unless you find a bad installer, that…

Bryan

Ken...thanks for replied. I did seat on my fren's Golf with RCD510(upgraded), the sound is getting my ears drumming, comparing my current rcd210. But for me, Im not in hurry…

Bryan

FC wise, depends how you drive as usual. For my case, RM88-RM95 can go up to 580km for 2 weeks city drive, 17km vice-versa.

kensomuse

Well, if money is not a concern, go all the way to RNS but it`s not the navi that's important (because the VW's navi system is just crap) but the…

kensomuse

Underpowered or not is pretty subjective and depends on what you are comparing against. Among the regular B segments such as the City, Vios and Almera, the Rio can keep…

davidlim

hi kensomuse, i did visited Rio today to see it in person. visually striking and impressive. love the headlamps, DRLs, etc. i've been an owner of Wira Aeroback 1.3L Manual,…

Bryan

upgrade with RCD series....? wont void warranty....if you upgrade with other brand...then yes. Ken pls correct if Im wrong.

Bryan

I did Ebrake at 100kph, amazing good. My wife impressed and book the Polo Sedan on the spot.

Bryan

hi, I choose 8k discount, not choose others options. the FOC 3 months you can ask them to explain, as im not sure, but im sure..its come with T&C, rm980…

sudonano

Nice work! The Rio seems very attractive, though the Fiesta promises better handling. But then again, the Rio does not seem too bad. But does it feel underpowered?

kensomuse

Thanks for the spot, bro. Amended accordingly

DC18

BTW, Fiesta's warranty is 5 years or 200k km while City is 5 years unlimited.

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. Yup, the ONLY place for the time being to test drive the Rio is at the Curve

kensomuse

First, I would soundproof (or some call it sound deaden) the doors before doing anything. You'd be surprised how much better the sound is once that's done. Next, it would…

ernie

bro. lets say you own the sedan. what upgrade would do for the sound system? i am scared to let the guys open the door panels la. how? need help!

Yoyo

Kenso, I'd like to ask, how long (seconds) does it take for the 2.0 civic to sprint from 0 - 100km/h? Thx

Cheapskate

Great write up there kensomuse. I really like your comparison spreadsheet and i must says, NazaKia have done a wonderful job lately by throwing in so many features for a…

indomee

it should position it's sales tag from 60-70k. Basic model at 73k is a bit harsh on pricing.

kensomuse

I guess you could be right but I am reluctant to recommend Savvy because I hear so many problem related to the AMT gearbox. Otherwise, it's probably a great car…

kensomuse

Sorry, I didn't have the chance to drive it outstation but overall, the rear is not a bad place to be in. Rear legroom is excellent and the rear seat…

Razor

Hey kenso bro, if traveling long distance say from PG to KL n back, is the Polo comfortable enough for the passengers both in front and back? How does it…

EX-ProtonSavvy

i was changed the car from Proton Savvy to Suzuki Swift... The handling by Proton Savvy is far and better.but when ur ride on normal condition and quality aspects swift…

Nelson

At this price range, I will consider a 2nd hand Porsche Caymen.

jeff

Lets hope Naza can provide better service than Brooklands . The principals from Naza should talk to the Citroen counterparts to resolve bureacracy and long lead time to order parts…

Amisah

Such a good article. Really makes me easier to make a decision whether to buy prius or jazz. I've booked jazz and waiting for the car to be deliver to…

ernie

ok thanks. i need to upgrade my sound system. its sucks. hahaha. but i am worried about the warranty.

Floyd

Thanks for the nice, articulated write up. After failing to get the Fiesta Sedan 1.6 LX in time, the Forte came to our radar for second car. Me and my…

kensomuse

I think I still have it but am planning to have it installed in my Skoda

ernie

bro, i remember you had a head unit for sale. has it been sold?

manachan

my heart is screaming '508!!' actually. but test drove it, and gotta admit, vw's driving is better, but 508 is such a beauty...

kensomuse

Why hesitate? Just buy whichever that your heart tells you.

kensomuse

Which SC did you go to? Got courtesy car?

erisjemadi

am now waiting for my mechatronic as well. you are right, i was told no available spares and have to wait for over a month before i can have back…

manachan

oh my gosh. why is the general sentiment that this car is 'uncle'? im just 24 yo, but im seriously contempting to buy this car. is it really that weird?…

zaza

Im in dilemma of choosing betweem prius or JH. At the moment more towards JH but my dad been promoting prius for the good pick up and acceleration. Can u…

zaza

Which one have u bought?

zaza

Is JH very slow? Is it so obvious?

ManDan Ersante

i've buy it, and loved it. only the disappointing part is the armrest + aircond on the back, which not included for the malaysia version. pity...they dont understand people need…

kensomuse

Sorry, I don't have it with me. Perhaps you can check with the SC when you are visiting their showroom? Servicing cost is only available at the service center

Reaper

Hi, I'm currently comparing this car with VW 1.2 TSI. I had test drive the VW but not this yet, but judging from the review as you mentioned, 308 really…

Daniel

Hello Ken, do you have any info on cost for service & maintenance for Passat?

Fuel Cell Phone

wow, that is quite a substantial year end discount. anyway, would love to own a conti someday hehehe. imho, i would say this model could be the easiest vw model…

Hemah

Dear Hasbullah Saad, May I have your email and we will email the details to you? Our contact is permanon.my@gmail.com Thanks

Hemah

Dear Mark, You can directly order from us at permanon.my@gmail.com We are able to arrange COD or delivery to you by POS Laju. Thanks

Zal

Thanks bro.

Mark

Nice blog there Kenso :) Just got myself a Polo Sedan, with much influence from your blog :) Question: Besides ordering online, is it possible for me to get this…

ernie

oh yes got it. awesome. thank you. now need to go touch up the mess created by the car wash guy. some paint came off. so sad.

kensomuse

Downwards once (clockwise) for VW. That's what we usually do if we want to initiate one sweep only

ernie

hi ken, when you say tap the wiper meaning tap the wiper stalk in the car once? which direction bro? up/down or pull towards me? sorry still conti newbie la.

Lowpro

If they're not using any of the dreaded earlier engines, they'll be ok. Any monkey can service the newer engines without any issues as there's hardly any need for repair.

fornette

dear Polo Sedan Owners.. feel free to join here https://www.facebook.com/VWPoloSedanMalaysia

bystander

it's called service mode. Best to read the manual, alot of "hidden" stuff mentioned

kensomuse

It's the same for most continentals, bro. This design minimizes drag caused by the wipers during high speed cruising. What you need to do is once you have switched off…

ernie

for some new vw models the right wiper cannot be lifted up. it knocks into the bonnet. is it the same for skoda ken? any reason for this? i will…

ernie

happy for you graham. enjoy the ride!

kensomuse

I believe that would depend on the amount of clear coat left on it. If it is still intact, then compounding helps. But if you're saying the color is fading,…

Graham David Hobbs

I am a proud owner of a new Polo Sedan

Zal

Nice article bro. My car bonnet n roof paint faded n it's a bit rough. What should I do to make it shine back.

Nelson

Yes, Top Gear Videos are pure entertainment value. But to be fair, they did mention that this review will be based on " Cars that are terrible but not cheap…

Motoren

anything coming from the BBC these days should be taken with a huge pinch of salt - Top Gear has shifted from an information show to an entertainment show over…

ernie

i finally got mine on 24 dec with 11k discount. that means no deposit required. its deep black color. i must say its an awesome car. i have never felt…

kensomuse

What? With the amount of bashing Top Gear gave to Proton and Perodua, they're not even in the top 5? Now you know that's just pure rubbish.

Nelson

I've test drive this car before, and it is a good car. But the recent Top Gear video "The World's worst car in history", 2nd place went to Peugeout 308…

Motoren

I have no doubt that Naza will have learnt lots of things from the early days of setting up Nasim and the Peugeot brand, so the introduction of Citroen via…

kensomuse

Turbo units are known for depollution faults (loss of turbo) and engine knocking. Others such as pulling to the left, premature battery failure exists for both Turbo and VTis but…

John Cooper

Happy new year, kenso, and thanks for the great write up. I'm in the market shopping for a car and the 308 VTI is a shortlisted candidate. You mentioned "the…

Lowpro

walauei! fantastic write up... i just read it only.

David Lim

Definitely the best all rounder car to drive under rm 100,000! I test drove it twice. Only thing against is it looks like an elongated old Vios.....not eye candy at…

FND

Thanks Kenso. Appreciate yr advice. You are really the authority for Skoda in Malaysia.:) Now time for Skoda hunting. Wish me luck. p/s: anybody can lend me their Octavia 2.0fsi…

kensomuse

You're indeed right to say most owners don't keep a full set of service records. However, I am certain they do go to specific SCs for service, particularly during warranty…

FND

Thanks for the tips. Now need to check with the johorean and singaporean colleagues. But most of them are clueless when mentioned the word skoda. Just need to convince the…

kensomuse

After using mine for about a year, I've had to change only the air conditioning system. Absorbers are still stock even though it creaks whenever it gets wet. The last…

m3t4ph0R

Wow..shot by Nikon D4. in style.

kensomuse

I don't know since Proton have not presented me the opportunity to drive one ... I do have my doubts that it can behave like a VW in this condition…

FND

Hi Kenso, nice car. Really keen to find a Skoda too. Seeing that beauty of yours makes me drool all over the tablet. Any tips on what to look when…

archy

Do you mean Satria Neo can't go through that puddle and spun out since its asean made? *Find a large puddle of water and go full throttle at it. You’d…

Zaidi

Thanks for the informative review....already trade in my civic with jetta...got 18k discount some more...

ernie

i have booked mine. sold my proton. the excitement with vw started with Ken's write up on his skoda purchase. it was a joy reading it. i have sent the…

khair

Sorry sorry Bro posted at the wrong section :). Thanks again Bro for the great tips... appreciate it.

bystander

For Euro NCAP, it's 5 stars overall http://www.euroncap.com/results/vw/jetta/2011/445.aspx but either way, i do think both are good cars :) go with your heart's desire!

bystander

I didn't say the K5 isn't safe :) I just got a good impression of VW safety from all the crashes I've seen, hence I just went along with the…

Ron

I don't think safety can be a deal breaker in terms of this comparison. In fact, At US and EU NACP, K5 scores 5 stars, Jetta scores 4 stars for…

Ron

Well.. that's what makes the decision so tough. Other than that, FC is quite different for K5 and Jetta as well.

bystander

I just booked a Jetta. One of the reasons was because I valued safety over anything else and having seen the totaled VWs in the repair yards, I'm quite convinced…

kensomuse

Hmmm, that's indeed a tough one. If it's gadgets and the perception of a proper D segment car, it'll be the K5. If it's performance, ride & handling and branding,…

Ron

Ken. Jetta versus Optima K5. What's your take? Both are competitively priced now. >"< such a tough choice

kensomuse

Bro, it would be more appropriate if you had posted this query in the detailing section. To answer your question, no I have not experienced those brands you mentioned but…

khair

Hi Bro, Again i try to disturb you with the question about coating. I already got the answer from you about Sierra Glow. Thanks for that explanation. My question is…

kensomuse

He didn't get it due to financial reasons on his side, nothing wrong with the car. Maintenance cost will be a little higher compared to the 407 but in exchange,…

HH

so what did your friend settle for? what was the reason he did not settle for this octavia? do u think if i do the maintenance in independent VAG workshop,…

khai

how much huge discount u got?VW is offering the year end discount as well now.how much is actually they give.on paper they claimed to give 3 months free installment.or else…

mas

yay mkIII finally had int'l launch

kensomuse

Revisions are necessary to keep up with technology. I mean, if sales aren't particularly impressive and the technology & design is available, why wait till a specific date before a…

Razor

Well said

animous

I'm user of Hybrid Jazz since July 2012. All I can say is that I'm very happy with my CBU model since it has Paddle shift, 6 airbag and front…

lewis

I work with Korean and is using their technologies but I am very reserve about Korea particularly item like car. Just note how many times the sportage had changed for…

kensomuse

Well, to be honest, I've not driven the new Camry but every single automotive journalist both locally as well as internationally have remarked that the handling of the new Camry…

Nelson

Yup bitten badly, whatever niggles and problems the bella has which makes you regret why not buy a Jap car problem free. Once you start to drive it, all those…

Nelson

Recently, I came across this local car review magazine which was published 3 months ago( I think). The review was about Kia K5 v.s the New Toyota camry 2.0. It…

kensomuse

There are indeed ... but you will never get the kind of driving rewards a continental car offers. In the view of a complete vehicle experience, there isn't a cheaper…

Shahrul

Correct me if I'm wrong, there are cheaper ways to get the coupe sedan look. The Sonata & Optima K5!

kensomuse

Sure ... I've given a heads up to Permanon regarding your enquiry. They'll revert soon

Hasbullah Saad

Can you you me a detail regarding this product(Permanon Platinum) including the price and the dealer at the nothern area of malaysia.

fuel cell phone

nice article bro, but perhaps you could add more info like recommended product, recommended place to do coating, etc. as for myself, i really don't have much time to wash…

FengYun

Is it true that new K5 now comes with electric motor driven power steering?

kensomuse

Once you're bitten by the Alfa bug, there's no cure. I'm afraid your malady is quite terminal ;)

Raymond

Thanks for the sharing. seriously this is very useful tips for newbie, i just realised how noob i'm in take care ride after i read this..

Nelson

I would love to see you test driving one of Alfa Romeo's cars, like the recently launch Guilietta. I'm sure you will have a lot of fun using "colourful" words…

kensomuse

Hi Mr Fiz, It sounds as though you are trying to justify your purchase. I am sure you have had time to reflect on what were your personal reasons for…

Mr Fiz

Hi kensomuse, I would like to know on the engine performance for 1.6L variant. Is it underpower due to heavy body of the car? How about the fuel consumption. I'm…

kensomuse

Friend of mine wanted to buy this as well and I tested it personally. Even brought the car into Glenmarie and have it inspected by the mechanics there. The car's…

H

Hello kenso, Went for test drive for octavia fsi 2.0 (2006) yesterday. I couldn't feel the excitement as I'm driving my 407. But my heart still can't let go this…

Patrick Ronald

Hi Kensomuse..I just own Forte 1.6Sx 1 month ago..which i beleive and after long survey done finally im happy of getting it.my friend intend to buy Forte but its the…

kensomuse

Hi Amy, Reds look stunning when detailed properly and despite what others say, not all red paint fades quickly. I remember when I first started, my friend, who drives a…

kensomuse

Hi Riz, Like in the recent article done by Autodetailer found here:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=540647429296529&set=a.223280394366569.73079.148771698484106&type=1&theater Any new car goes through a process of storage and transportation before arriving at the dealership. It…

amy

hi Kelvin, I had my car painted in red, I found red paint quickly faded. how to ensure the paint last longer? do i need to coat my car? i…

khair

hi Kevin, I just booked one mpv. On your opinion, is it better if I straight away do the coating process at the coating shop for that new mpv when…

Bryan

I collected Polo Sedan in Nov 2012, with trade in my old SLK (smal little kelisa, with some huge discount i would say) Im married with 1 kid, this car…

ah

..nope, not even on par with VW Golf 1.4TSi..really a big gap.

kensomuse

Hi Sam, Nice of you to drop in .... before I answer your question, may I know what do you mean by Polo Jetta? Is it a Polo Sport (the…

Samantha

Hi Kenso, Likes your review, very informative and compact. Urgently need advise on Polo Sedan vs Polo Jetta vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI. What should i buy my 1st…

Duck

Its a nice car. I've had months of consideration between the Passat and the 508. The Passat is BETTER than the 508 in almost every aspect. I think the Sports…

ah

I'am also..test drove the Pug 408 1.6 turbo at COTY2012 recently..cannot beat VW Jetta..especially the brake safety features such ABS, EBD, EBA..the German did better than France..now I know why…

ah

The Polo Sedan is NA engine and not the turbo one..the German is very experience and practical..for "low earning incomes" and "non technical wise" people..enough to offer only for the…

ah

Loved your reviews, great job for Malaysian.

kensomuse

Hi, I had a Pug before and I can relate how quirky the French can be. Anyways, so far the car's consumption has been quite consistent .... 47 litres for…

hishar

Hello, I'm driving a 407 2005 CBU, but recently experienced engine jerking which I hated the most. I'm thinking of switching it over to Skoda Octavia. I like the design…

heckler

I guess it happens to every car make in Malaysia. My boss 7 series suffered the same from Auto Bavaria. The car is good. It's always the SC that spoiled…

kensomuse

Thanks for the support! More to come!!

m3t4ph0R

as usual, great and in depth review. I always have your site as my reference before "consulting" friends on their plan to buy cars. :)

kensomuse

Thanks for pointing that out. You're right about the Grade E and I have made the necessary changes. As for the ISOFIX, might need more time with that as it's…

kensomuse

Unfortunately, my time with the car was too short to have any proper monitoring of FC. Couldn't even hit half tank for that 1 1/2 days when the car was…

Amir

Kensomuse, did you monitor the FC outcome when you had the car with you?

kensomuse

Heheh, thanks bro .... ever thought of testing the Renault? ALL THE TIME! Still trying to find someone to hook me up with them

lala

the only downside of this car is the ugly steering, if it has a steering like kia sportage, then its perfect!!!

lala

dude, your website is better than paultan alright. u just need some time before ppl notice this. and, yes, keep up the good work! btw, ever think of testing the…

bystander

Ken, The higher spec'd Honda City Grade E has VSA though, maybe that would be a better variant to feature in the comparison table considering the pricing of the Polo…

KT

Hey there Ken, LOL! True, True! Forte 2.0 is definitely a higher spec'ed car... guess i'm guilty of asking this question from an "Uncle" point of view (where price determines…

kensomuse

Thanks for the support, KT! Comparing the Polo Sedan against the Forte 2.0 isn't exactly an apple to apple comparison, bro since one is a B while the other is…

KT

Hi Ken, Wonderful and entertaining writeup! I've been following your reviews ever since the one you did on the Forte 2.0. Getting more & more interesting with each passing review,…

rhdonna

great review, man! keep up the good job!

bystander

Skyactiv Mazda3 only available in 2.0 form, and only in limited markets with sufficient volume like Japan, US and Australia. Mazda3 in places like Singapore, UK only have the bog…

kensomuse

The Forte certainly has better rear legroom compared to the Mazda 3

ida zakaria

so in terms of maintenance, mazda 3 is more affordable than a naza kia forte, although the forte is cheaper? would the forte have more leg room at the back?

kamal.alrahman

here you have given most critical points to ponder! a very well done job. this may assist me to make an appropriate decision within my available budget. thank you kenso!

ksc

kenso, i also had the same problem as yours. my 30k mileage 1 year golf tsi broke down my side of the road and was towed to wearnes sg besi…

kensomuse

Hi, excellent points! I will prepare accordingly

namrod

hi kenso! been a keen reader of your blog all the while. just hope that for future reviews on C-segment cars, maybe you can add more details like manufacturer's fuel…

ernie

i think this car is gorgeous. good write up.

JJ

disappointed that the car did not come with the electronic folding side mirror

bystander

Looks like the review car is slightly old. Current batches have updated climate controls

kensomuse

Since I took it, I do not see any degradation beyond what I saw when I bought it. The most common degradation in all the 2nd hand Skodas I've seen…

mas

thanx for quick reply kenso-san my concern being tropicalisation treatment of the components esp plastics and rubber. have you seen such kind of degradation with the cabin on yr 2006…

kensomuse

Sure, what would you like to know? I've owned the car for almost 11 months now and driven about 30,000km with it. Changed air conditioning compressor, fuel pump (due to…

mas

can write some follow up about skoda 2.0fsi pls

Verm

nice writeup bro .. i had similar feeling after testing Passat vs. 508 back to back .. 508 felt busy at the steering .. Passat felt very calm and damping…

kensomuse

The K5? I've written about it .... twice in fact. The first article was written after a short test drive and that won me a contest run by Kia Malaysia…

Alex

Nice review, hope you can do the same for the current Optima!

ernie

at last ken is back. awesome write up. thanks.

Nur Hafidza

hi chris, we are considering between mazda 5 and cross touran. cross touran seems to be the champion among the two, but we are holding back for now looking at…

kensomuse

Yup ... happens pretty often but some say as the source (factory) depletes the less durable components, 2012 onward vehicles should see a stop to all these complaints. No hard…

kensomuse

As far as I am aware, only the mechatronic component was changed. Nothing else and nothing was billed to me. However, they did mention that the entire transmission needs to…

kensomuse

Sorry mate, The reason for the lack of new articles is due to many:- 1) Major exhibition up north over the weekend that not only occupied my day time, it…

Medic

Kenso,my 2010 Golf Tsi suffered same fate as yours at 28k mileage.Just done 2nd service,changed clutch pack &battery(under warranty) 2 weeks back.Towed to FA Wagen,Jln 222.(Bought car here). This seems…

ernie

ken, are you overseas or something. there has been no new articles from you for awhile now.

JM

Totally agree with u regarding car clubs and principals. I was one of the few that started new vios club in malaysia and it was near impossible for umw to…

Stevex

Kenso, what was the other parts being changed during your mechatronic replacement? Did they change the so called Gear Oils (about 2 liter) that cost RM258 and this was charged…

BK

Where's the SkyActiv version, with the 6AT GB? Where's the traction/stability system? Can't figure out why Bermaz is not bring those in, or taking out the extra safety gear. I…

Maserati

The interior is blardy hideous! Definately not buying this car

JJ

you guys can also complain on VW facebook page, let more ppl know about the issues..

kensomuse

Hi Humms, I hope that your car's issue can be resolved soon. Have you escalated the matter to VGM at info@volkswagen.com.my? Alternatively, you may also try to arrange for an…

humms

i understand your feelings and dissapointment.. as a customer of veemer OKR, and also owner of golf 1.4tsi. not withstanding what i want to mention later, i'm very impressed by…

pier chai

can you check with me , now the new kia forte 2.0 is change to the original LED headlamp already ??? because i check to the naza ,the sales man…

CKD MASTER

interior became so much of plastic and soon the interior will follow the same ...so fugly car

breadman

My comment here is applicable to all brands. http://forum.autoworld.com.my/index.php?showtopic=105086&st=0

kensomuse

Hi Evon, First of all, I wish I had owned half of the cars being reviewed here but sadly, I don't. The Forte 2.0 was a media car loaned by…

Evon 99

Hi Ken, very good write up :D i have just ordered kia forte 2.0 and i really hope it is a good buy. Go through all the reviews and seems…

kensomuse

Mine was around 22,000 km when it happened. My unit was purchased in May 2011. The DSG gearbox itself did not fail .... it's the component related to it that's…

Yoyo

Kenso, what was the mileage when your mechatronic unit failed? Been reading numerous DSG failures in forums esp in 2010 and 2011 cars. Im guessing that 2012 stock cars onwards…

Gie

I have just started researching the merits of buying Honda jazz hybrid vs Toyota Prius C. Your review on both cars has been very useful to me. I like your…

BK

With the current automotive pricing, most VM cars are considered as high end luxury cars, and thus the consumers would expect both quality of product and quality of service befitting…

kensomuse

The FL will come in. It's just a matter of time.

goks

Hi, I heard from my kia dealer Naza wont bring the FL. I wonder if its his trick to get me to buy the sorento current version. Do you know…

justice

i am wondering, your remark seem to be targeting an individual. You had it done at Glenmarie SC cos you hv not able to sent in to Veemer SC What…

kensomuse

Well, not exactly fair to compare Malaysia with China where VWs is as common as Proton here ... only, their market is probably a zillion times bigger than us. Imagine…

Motoren

Unfortunately, the scenario described in your post is a frequent occurance for most consumers in Malaysia. Volkswagen group were probably delighted to have Veemer as they landed their footprint onto…

kensomuse

That's true .... however, the folks at VGM assured me that the change of parts will be the permanent solution. Apparently the mechatronic have undergone 2 revisions since it was…

HEMAH

I just passed by OKR this morning and I notice they may have a new SC being developed (under construction), just beside existing Veemer SC. I hope this will solve…

kensomuse

Hi, thanks for dropping a few words on your thoughts. As I have reported with the attached pictures, what is shared is based on facts encountered during my experience there.…

elxin

the update isn't a full-proof against mechatronic failure.

elxin

I'm sorry but i would somehow differ to what you've gone through. You seem to just the point of smaller workshop being unable to cope. Have you consider that they…

bystander

Fair enough, hope things work out for you.

kensomuse

Actually, I don't since I didn't bother to go check out the SC. When I purchased my car, I was under the impression that:- 1) As a global brand, VW…

bystander

dude, weren't you aware that Veemer's service centre is in such an environment prior to purchasing your Golf from them esp since it's located more or less directly opposite their…

vee

I also bought from Veemer but my SA (Aaron) was absolute crap. It's no wonder he ranks so low on the sales charts. I wrote a complaint to the Sales…

vee

I am having major issues with HSDM Glenmarie as well. Diagnostics tell them that my battery voltage is low. I tell them that I've researched online and the fault lies…

DC18

Ouch! VGM need to address their after sales program as is just demand more than supply. New dealers are not expanding fast enough and agreed that stock of regular parts…

sudonano

Kenneth, well all i can say is, you are not alone. No, I don't have a VW, I drive a hyundai and HSDM has been horrid in terms of service.…

Verm

good to hear that angry bird is back ...!!

Raynus

I feel that it is not worth to spend RM30K more just to get a newer tech. End up it is nearly the same. In addition, Kia Sportage is more…

Raynus

Agree. I don't like the frontal of CX5 and its price tag.

fon

i do hope they bring in more cars spec with turbo diesel engine, the limiting factor would be our diesel quality

kensomuse

Oops, spelling error. The 1.2l Bug does not have this feature. We might see it in the 2.0L though

Victor Hoh

"Too bad the left side mirrors down tilt automatically downwards when reversing though." That is a nifty feature, since most of the time I am manually tilting the side mirrors…

acheong7

Good job, bro .. thank you.

Mr Lim

My sister got a Mazda 3 and regretted it because of limited room for large adults at the back seats. When she bought it, she went with her 8 year…

kensomuse

Hmmm, just out of curiosity, what made you trade in a Civic for a Civic?

M.Shafiee

I had the 8th gen 2.0 civic from Aug 2006 until Jun 2012 (6 years less 2 months). The new 9th gen civic was what I've been waiting for. And…

Razor

And Mazda has free 3 years maintenance inclusive parts + labour for 3 years... It could easily save us few thousand bucks there

kensomuse

Not really. In terms of engine refinement, NVH, steering feedback and suspension set-up, the Mazda 3 may prove to be an able challenge to the Forte 2.0. The key difference…

Kudi

The KIA Forte 2.0 SX out-price, out-perform and out-spec the Mazda 3 easily, No?

bystander

FC for the 2.0 isn't exactly good and there is no traction/stability control tech. Other than that, it's not too bad in the segment.

5kh0

Why can't I just post any comment? Tried it earlier, so here is my 'second' try: I agree with your thoughts because that is also how I feel about the…

5kh0

I agree with your thoughts because that is also how I feel about the sales and marketing methods and approach currently adopted by Malaysian car SAs

AHMED SHAHRIMAN

Hey Kensomuse, Nice response! And yes, we can debate all this until the cows come home, take a shower, have breakfast and then go out grazing again! Haha! And thanks…

Apis

Were there any comparison made for fuel consumption against other cars at par? most of the infos i read are very reluctant to explain about fuel consumption. Like the comparison…

kensomuse

Hi! The contest has ended and we have just given out our last kit. Stay tuned for other contests in the future! Meanwhile, do feel free to browse around

Astronaut

When is this contest expiry?

kensomuse

The credit goes to our resident detailing guru, behcw. My knowledge in the area of detailing pales compared to his so I'm really glad he's on board

pickup driver

thank for sharing such good tip to maintain our car..

kensomuse

Hi Jason, Sure, I have no issues with you using the pictures but I would like to request that it be used responsibly and relevant to the topic at hand.…

K.Wai

Very nice on the reviews. Any research on the fuel consumption? Really wish to know any buyers can give their fuel consumption about 1.6SX?

ernie

what a beautiful car and love those buttons on the dashboard and steering. thank you kenso for starting up this blog. I'm lovin it.

Jason

Bro, Nice shoot . Might to be share some chan sow lin picture to me?

bystander

i don't know about other ppl, but the Perodua brand to me stands for better quality and reliability at an "acceptable" price. In absolute terms, you don't get better value…

fuel cell phone

nasim really gearing up to improve their after sales support / services for the 'lion' owners hope that sdac ford could do the same for 'blue oval' owners

fuel cell phone

personally, I am on 50-50 first 50, most likely perodua already have the japan-made candidate which can be rebadged or transformed into a compact sedan with good FC, not to…

kensomuse

Hi Mr Shahriman, First of all, please allow me to express my sincere honor of having you coming in and dropping a few words about your views concerning my comments.…

Ahmed Shahriman

Dear Kensomuse, Great comment! I really appreciate it! Its actually surprising that anyone read my article, and in fact, bold enough to leave a comment! Well, let me respond to…

breadman

...or more.

breadman

IMO, this car should cost a quarter million here.

breadman

How come such nice looking cars doesn't make it to Bolehland?

Lowpro

pro-ceed! veloster's nose too bulky. kinda like a bulldog. big head with small tapered down body.

kensomuse

I like your analogy: a cat reminds you of a dog because both of them have four legs and a tail

Insider

"The rear cluster lights reminds me of the Opel Astra GTC. Look at the picture of the Astra below and tell me if I’m wrong." - Yes, you are! The…

Rizal Daud

Yeah pretty much look like 308..

Fisher

Nice review! Any idea on the boot size and Weight of sedan version?

Gan Pee Loo

A good counter point against En. Ahmed Shahriman's opinion. Malaysian driving enthusiast should be given more options.

kensomuse

Have not even seen pics of that yet ... matter of time, I guess

AyamGolek

Any idea on when the Jetta based on this model will be introduced?

ice

i kinda like the 2nd generation beetle .. more round .. :P

Yoyo

Without the DSG juddering issue it would be a dream to drive this car..

kensomuse

More like RM220k from what I hear .... higher than a Golf GTi but cheaper than a Scirocco 2.0

breadman

I just booked one. White. Delivery in 2013. Didn't bother with the test drive due to the long queue. Rear legroom is miserly. Built quality very good. I especially like…

breadman

VW should also drop the DSG for the same reason. They should bring in the 6-speed manual.

breadman

I like it too but I no like the price. IMO, the 2.0L would be priced in the region of 200k.

breadman

The original Beetle variants were 1.2L, 1.3L and 1.6L air cooled carburetor four cylinder engines. I used to own a 1.3. I think VW Malaysia should also offer a manual…

kensomuse

Twincharged engines are said to be completely dropped off future line-ups due to its expensive and complex nature

fon

haha nice, i'm suprise they decided to bring in 1.2 TSI beetle (polo with same engine is 300kg lighter hence sub 10sc century sprint) from what i see on UK…

Lowpro

breadman, 1.2 is turbo only. but i really like this!

breadman

Turbocharged? Not twincharged?

kensomuse

The good thing about the Focus is that even though it's light, there's still feedback. Hyundai, on the other hand gives you steering weight that gives you the constant impression…

Tunasandwich

When you say the steering is a bit on the light side, is it as bad as the 2012 Elantra? The one on the Elantra was really quite feedback-less :-S

Buss

I also had test drove both car....and i prefer Jazz than prius....both have advantages and disadvantages....but in term of benefit i think prius more ok than jazz..because it toyota..and they…

BK

With all the new features and tech, I think the price will be higher than the Mk6. Or it will be trimmed down to more basic features.

abang tanjung

My guess the new Golf will make it to our shore by the middle of next year, earliest. Considering UK market launch will be in January, and provided that they…

kensomuse

Another time, bro .... 2 more R cars for review!

verm

Damn .. didn't know that you are on a R-line to Penang ...

bystander

kena kantoi ;)

Ivan

another word for this car... beast of possibilities!

chris lee

In our country Malaysia, which is humid and hot, fabric seats are better. Cross Touran fabric seats are hard wearing, comfortable and very cool to our bottoms after the vehicle…

kensomuse

Thanks for the suggestion. Will prepare accordingly

Lowpro

you're back!!

R

hey kenso bro, any chance of u doing a review for the Mazda 3? Interested in the M3 2.0. They recently launched the M3 FL but not much of a…

fuel cell phone

nice review u got here kensou. though, imho, current rondo design looks a bit outdated, now that kia has released other new models with their 'tiger face' design cue. must…

kensomuse

Thanks, Simon!

kensomuse

Thanks for pointing that out, vee. Hmmm, it sounds like the first batch has a lot more to offer then.

Simon Har

wow u have a pretty detailed review here. nice :)

vee

Actually, the first batch in 2008 came with a 40:60 split 2nd row seat bench (which your review model does not have - yours only has a 1-piece seat bench…

Pluto

Great handling, and suffers the same fate as Honda Civic FD2R and Coopers ....insufficiently comfy to be a long-term daily driver. Suspension is great for spirited weekend blasts, but feels…

fuel cell phone

Saya sgt bersetuju dgn cadangan menurunkan harga kereta lebih-lebih lagi kereta buatan tempatan. Sebagai contoh, bagi yang berpendapatan bersih RM 1000 sebulan (belum kira 2.2 juta rakyat yang bergaji kasar/pokok…

fuel cell phone

IMHO, if base on rafizi’s article, abrupt changes to current pricing would be a bad idea. Regardless whether this is merely political gimmicks by PKR, my view on this: 1.…

BK

I doubt there will be a super huge increase from 2 wheelers to 4 wheelers. I have worked frequently in Jakarta and Bangkok, both countries no not have NAP, and…

AyamGolek

While I agree that depreciation of existing vehicles will increase, people need to realise that unless you are driving a Toyota or Honda, you will suffer high depreciation no matter…

ckd master

i have test drive the civic 2.0 which feel like my current 1.8 model...sluggish and struggle i guess...the interior ok for me with addition of navigation system which way to…

abc

Very bouncy like truck especially 2nd row and it happened on 50-100km/hr range, anything before or after is good. Now they got 2011 stock or pre reg which is quite…

Ivan

I agree that they can't just make the change so sudden and a gradual decrease in price would be more proper. But i think our income should be increased instead…

Savahn

I strongly support the proposal to scrap the NAP. It is true that in the short to mid term, there will be a significant financial impact to the public in…

Terry

well said

kensomuse

It's really your call at the end of the day. If you ask me from a price vs size perspective, I'd go for the Sportage as it's a good RM23+k…

Duck

Went to Mazda to test drive the CX-5. Found out that the waiting list is 7-9 months!! All current Mazda 6 units has been sold off like hot cakes. If…

abc

Thanks for your reply. We short listed to this 2 cars, love the quality and the drive of cross touran however the bounciness at certain speed like subang airport road…

breadman

The new Forte sedan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPWyhMjJmEs&feature=youtube_gdata_player Will the next Koup look anything like this car?

kensomuse

Well, if you compare spring rate, I'd say the Sportage definitely features a stiffer setting compared to the Cross Touran. It depends on what you're looking for, really. Barring the…

abc

Hi, What do you think if compare with cross touran? We feel that the cross touran bounce like a truck

Duck

That last picture made it look like an Aston Martin!

breadman

This car is a beauty. Can't wait to see it in person. I've always love wagons.

breadman

You can't argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level.

Grace

nice name .. almera..

fon

nice to see they have a double din slot on the radio, good for future upgrades ^^

kensomuse

I believe all coating manufacturers would not recommend layering other coatings on top of it simply because there is no study done on its durability. If the coating(s) fail for…

Nazir

Will this coating works on top of another coating, say Sierraglow? Just asking in case the initial coating loose off its shine within few years.

Patrick Chan

I'm planning to get a Jazz Hybrid soon (that's why I'm reading your very informative article). Preferring the JH over PriusC because of the brand, interior, cockpit meters, ULTRA seats,…

kensomuse

Yup, no problem using Brilliant Shine as lubricant for claying

jase

Hi, just to check if it's okay to clay with brilliant shine as part of prep. My intention is to clay wash and cost without wax. Will it work?

kensomuse

Ministry of Information, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim says the act is based on the presumption of facts, not presumption of guilt which can only be labeled by the court. I'm…

BK

Over here in Boleh-land, we are guilty until proven innocent.

wyntm

The back seats on the hatch slants more and is more comfortable. But surprisingly on the sedan, it was straighter and similar to the Peugeot 308.

alx

nissan sucks

kensomuse

The term better is subjective. If you say in terms of handling, then yes. In terms of comfort, it may lose out to the 2.0 sedan as the ride is…

Khai

Nice article Kenso. Would u say Koup is better than the normal sedan other than its lack of doors? Do u think it is overpriced with no real additional features…

indomee

The exterior look like make in China or design by China! No offence but it jz look cheap in terms of design. Totally shake my head if I c 1…

yes

yes..go for nissan ..most reliable car today

kensomuse

Oh yeah ... Ford SYNC demo girl was hot .. should have pretended to say want to test the system and ask for her number so that we can call…

silent-ford-fan

love the hatchback.. thanks for SDAC for organizing this, and much better than last last years Fiesta outing! i roughly know the roads around that area, so i tried the…

kensomuse

I'm 5'10", bro.

Tom

How tall are you Kenso? So we can roughly estimate the space based on the picture of you sitting in the front seat. :)

Pluto

Common problems that i've heard from owners- 1. Rattling sound from a metal plate under the vehicle- near the exhaust muffler. Easily rectified. 2. Surrounding the gear lever is a…

ice

still love the RCZ! :P

Duck

All coupes has better handling because the chassis is more solid when you have two doors less. Similar like the BMW coupes, it will have better overall control when you…

DC18

Was replying to duck on the seats. There could be a surprise on the warranty.

kensomuse

Hmmm, I didn't feel the rear was sitting as straight compared to a Peugeot 308THP or Suzuki Swift. It was reasonably comfortable at the back, only issue was the rear…

kensomuse

Sadly, it's not just the Japs the Focus has to contend with. Think back on the latest C segment offerings; Proton Preve, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta…

kensomuse

I don't really have an issue with the seats being flat. I do pity the sales advisor sitting behind as she gets thrown around at the speed I was traveling…

kensomuse

Nice spotting, bro. The mixing ratio is 1 part Permanon to 3 parts water. So you add 30ml Permanon to 60 water to produce a total of 120ml mixture which…

DC18

As for the seats, actually it is comfy for long distance for the front passenger/driver. Back not so due to the almost vertical seats. Service is average, do not expect…

DC18

I hope they reconsider giving 5years warranty. This will give them the edge over Japanese and other conti.

kensomuse

The event is open to all who registered for the test drive. You can still request for a test drive by submitting your details here: http://www.ford.net.my/all_new_focus/ Those I know who…

gp

" Then coating part, diluting as per instructed 30ml for 2/3 of the sprayer bottle given" Don't understand how the starter pack can last 3-4 coatings if it comes with…

Duck

Ford makes generally good cars. My dad owned a 1.6 Laser Ghia back then. But only gripe is the spare parts were really hard to find after 10 years of…

King

Thanks for the review of this car ... looking forward to the launch date. Is this event open to automotive bloggers only or anyone who registered for the test drive?…

King

Great stuff ...

Amenojaku

Thanks for the advice Chief. I've decided to follow your lead and search for Mk2, preferably Sedan, exactly like yours hehe. My and choice would be the Octavia Mk2 Combi…

Slash

Haha..i just calculate, total cost of maintenance until 60k/3year is RM 5850.. so it's better to save at least RM170 per month from the moment you bought this car :)…

kensomuse

Well, when buying a 2nd hand Skoda, I believe you can always negotiate a bit lower considering not many people know how good the car is. Being a Peugeot 308THP…

Amenojaku

Dear Kenso, great article. But what are your thoughts on Octavia Mk1? I saw one in mudah (2005) with 1.8 turbo (?tsi) for RM36k. Pretty good price i'd say. But…

kensomuse

I do now .... article coming soon

kensomuse

Thank you. More detailing tips to come!

kensomuse

You're most welcome and also we are extremely grateful for Beh's agreement to join us in sharing what we know.

gp

great inclusion to your blog...

pickup driver

thx for sharing this useful tips..

Alan Wong

New facelift for the RCZ is on the drawing board now.... Heard it will look like the Aston Martin in front...

kensomuse

The manual? Nope, the very fact that it's a manual gearbox is already different from the auto 308T. In terms of engine components, there are also some dissimilarities. The auto…

Duck

Just wonder if the car uses the same tranny box as the 308T? If it does, i suppose a quick ECU upgrade on the 308T would be able to churn…

Darknessroze

Yup, first time read kenso write up, really chill & as good old friends with library of knowledge talking & explaining about machine to nerdier friend! Thumbs up Ur job…

Khai

Kenso, have u tested the forte koup?

kensomuse

I wholly agree, bro!

Williamyl

Thanks Bro........ I see the picture for 2013 Kia Forte K3 the outlooks is awesome.....

JJ

Hi guys, Is the spare parts for KIA are easily available now and expensive?Not just for Forte but for overall KIA. This is one of the concerns many ppl have…

kensomuse

Well, the Forte was launched in 2008 but was only available in Malaysia at the end of 2009. Granted back then Kia did not have a CKD operation here so…

Duck

If you're looking for a SUV + 7 seater, this is the car to get. The last two seats at the back isn't as cramped as most of the other…

smongium

hmm... how long you think the new forte aka k3 will arrive in M'sia? is it advisable to wait for it or jz go for the current model? and i…

Justin

hi bro, somehow the car is not bad, but some members commented that upon reducing the tyre size, the car doesn't feel as sure footed on high speed..but you get…

JSingh

Forte 2.0 SX ( Sexy ) is an awesome drive and value for the money ( every dollar worth )... Was never a fan for KIA, but after test driving…

Williamyl

Very useful info..... thanks for the sharing............ Anyhow my budget is below RM90K so 1.6 is only choose for this.... anyhow dont know can reduce the RIM size are not…

Williamyl

Very useful info..... thanks for the sharing............

Justin

Out station fc is improved when traveling on highway speeds, a full tank can clock up to 521km that's 80% highway with 20% kl city driving. Speeds on highway are…

kensomuse

Thank you for sharing your experience with the car. Hmmmm, scoring less than 400km per tank full is definitely bad in my books. The only car that is experiencing that…

Justin

Excellent writeup..i'm having the 4 speed 2.0 unit.. honestly, it's adequate for a 2.0 but somehow, my previous car is a 1.8 altis (first gen altis) and it maybe due…

vee

It is almost impossible to find a 2.0 litre test drive unit :(

R

Thanks for the info bro. Am seriously considering this car as the wifey loves this car. I know its a good car but somehow still could not get rid the…

kensomuse

Every 10k km as per the schedule, bro

R

Thanks bro. The service interval is 10K instead of 5K?

kensomuse

Because in terms of size, the Lancer is an equivalent model. But thanks for pointing it out. Perhaps the Inspira would be a future article

Astronaut

didn't put inspira under others contenders

kensomuse

No sedan on display so cannot comment on this aspect, bro

Slash

How about sedan model? Is the legroom same with the hatchback? This one is a BIG NO for me if i want to use it as family car...

kensomuse

Yes, it's comfortable on the highway. The only time when you can feel the harsher suspension set-up is when you run over yellow lines and rough roads. As for the…

BK

Fair competition? Let's take away the car tax and then we talk about fair competition, Mr. G! Good article by the way, I am sure not many of us are…

Razor

Ur concerns are valid bro as most of us will do as well. This is because we are spending our hard earn $$$ into the cars. It did not help…

Lowpro

Breadman, Agree with you and also Kenso when he mentioned that now what salesmen tell customers about how well their brand is doing is nothing more than a smokescreen. In…

Davidho

Thanks for ur advise and points of view. Ok now i can eliminate the RV factor in my decision making. Now got 2 others factor come to my mind for…

R

Will this car be comfortable if driving long distance, say from Penang to kl back to Penang? Is it expensive to maintain this suv?

breadman

To promote competition? What a contradiction. Why must car importers and distributors still need to get their net selling prices approved by the Gomen? Allowing them to set their own…

kensomuse

Honda did not release any official 0-100km data and I have yet to go test the new Civic but I think any difference below 1 second is really marginal. But…

kensomuse

Seems like those who went to the media testing in Krabi, Thailand recently reported soft padding.

ali

Does it come with soft padded dash and door trims?

cobe

hi kenso, compare this 2.0SX to 308T or even fast car(golf tsi), i know sure forte won't be faster or come close to them, but actually how far the gap?…

R

Good point!

kensomuse

Hey, thanks for the compliment. I have this thinking:- . - Let's talk about resale value. Truth to say, no one can predict the future. However, it seems that the…

Davidho

Very very great review given!!! Appreciate it at all !! Recently, think want to upgrade my wife 5years old myvi which I hate the bumpy ride, high body roll and…

kensomuse

Good choice, bro. Add a good tint and trips outstation would be very comfortable

MrTorres

Nice writeup, Kensomuse! been searching for a decent review of forte 2.0sx for a while. After much consideration, i narrowed my choice to Preve/Forte. But wife hated proton! so, i…

kensomuse

Nothing yet ..... manager must be busy in Thailand attending the media briefing, I guess

Lp16

I felt the center console is just too messy and looked like Ford tried to squeeze everything into a tight space. Read legroom looked disappointing. However, I must say that…

DC18

How is the respone from Ford?

kensomuse

That's true .... but unfortunately that service package is not extended to other earlier launched models. Hopefully we will see a reversal soon

kensomuse

Ask me again after the test drive :P

Duck

I'm going to do a cheeky thing and ask Kenso how does the Focus compare against the Forte and Civic. Note the price difference in Forte would probably mean that…

Brian Tan

A little bit of update here. Latest model of Civic, Civic hybrid and City are extended to 10k service interval, 5 yrs unlimited mileage warranty and unlimited mileage warranty for…

epyc

Thanks for the wonderful write-up. The second hand value of Korean cars is one of the reason people are not buying Korean cars and still choose Japanese cars as their…

Lowpro

same segment for 308 and focus.

Dominic

Ford design has improved but still needs to improve their designers. Being artistic in design is not enough if they can't get it right for the user. Just look at…

DC18

Focus is not that bad in interior space, the dashboard shouldn't be too deep. Try altis and mazda 3, that is tight.

DUck

The 308 and Focus are not in the same segment are they?

kensomuse

I can't really say as I spent very little time in the car but it felt as though the 308 offered better rear legroom. Need to spend a longer time…

encik boss

Kenso, Compare to Pug 308, which one has a better interior space?

kensomuse

Thank you very much for the kind words, Murali. More to come!

kensomuse

Indeed they are fabric. But as mentioned earlier, this is a supposed low UK spec-ed variant. There is no verification what is the actual spec that will be launched in…

ganeshmuthiah

Thanks for posting your experience with AROC malaysia

DC18

Dun have ur email. Can send to me?

Duck

Honestly, I don't really care much about hard plastics if the car seats are leather and comfortable. Most of the time, we won't touch those plastic areas in the car.…

Duck

Btw, why do they put a 4 spoke steering? They really should have made it 3 spoke which would suit the type of car the Focus is supposed to be.…

Murali

Hi Kenso, Your blogs are very impressive and interesting. Keep up the good work bro!

vee

Only because Rayong is not producing the Ecoboost variants yet.

kensomuse

Sorry, missed out on that. I didn't really pay much attention to it as I was rushing. We'll know soon enough from the launch, I guess

breadman

You are damn right about the drivability and high speed corners. In Shanghai there is this giant roundabout which spirals three times like a spring. The Focus will feel very…

Duck

The Focus has modern features that is currently only found in more expensive cars like Volvo. I'm not sure how to compare them. Ford Focus seems to be a class…

Duck

The Focus is never build to be a Racerboy drag race car. Even the MKI and MKII does not come with high HP and Torque compared to its competitors. But…

breadman

Given the current trend I thought they would introduce the 1.6L EcoBoost, but they are importing the 1.6L and 2.0L NA variants instead. Hmm... This Focus is in the same…

indomee

Didnt mentioned on the interior furnishing. Is it soft touch or hard plastic like civic?

breadman

I sold mine to a friend last year. Hehe... I know of a workshop where you can take pics of the MKI.

breadman

Titanium version. White is so nice. This car is longer than the MKII. The tail-light design is quite another thing altogether. Yikes!

encik boss

Love the overall design, but feel disappointed with the rear legroom.

Lowpro

The best would be to compare Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 to show the progression of the range. Trick is to find a good condition Mk1 (was sold in predominantly manual…

kensomuse

Sure, any info comparing the Mk I and Mk II is most welcome, bro. You have my email, right?

DC18

Nice. If u need camparo with MK2 and MK3, let me know. Or u need contact on Ford media car, I can try to get the right ppl. In terms…

kensomuse

The list indeed does not include any hatchbacks; only sedans

John Cooper

Tks Kenso, your list did not include 308? My wife finds the 308FL pretty subtle looking & likes it, but given the problems with the 308T, we will only shortlist…

kensomuse

Hmmm, tough choice but my money would go to the CX-5 for it being having newer technologies. I still hate the CX-5's DRL though

kensomuse

Yes, there are 11 cars and the list can be seen in the comparison chart of all contenders in the segment. The others are (in no particular order) Peugeot 408,…

Shanmugam Inderan

Thank you for your presence during the event . We AROC Malaysia strive to serve the Alfa Romeo community in Malaysia and will continue to organize events which meets different…

John Cooper

As always, great write up, kenso, thanks! You mentioned " There are 11 cars for you to pick" when shopping for a C Segment...Care to list ? I'm shopping for…

Dilemma

HI Kenso, How do you find Cx-5 vs Sportage? Thinking to by a new car, already narrow down my option to these 2 SUV. Is Sportage good enough to be…

Terry

Hybrid version is cool, although slightly priced higher. . . =) However, still cant find a Hybrid version for test drive nationwide...

kensomuse

Thanks for sharing the link. I agree with the writer's opinion. Each reviewer have his/her own set of opinions and bias when looking at a car (as do everyone else,…

Xibo

Not so sure about that, despite numerous criticism this 9th civic received worldwide, it turned out Honda became the best selling c-segment in the US http://www.cbt.com.my/2012/07/10/honda-civic-is-usas-best-selling-compact-car/

Mark Lam

Thanks to you too bro for the assistance.

kensomuse

Congrats, bro!

Mark Lam

Finally after much bickering and evaluating and consideration, I'm finally given the green light to get the kimchiis. Trading in my Super Select for the 2.0 SX and papi is…

Yking

Even so I don't think it will be launched so soon here.

Guest

Due to numerous complaints and negative feedback all over the world, Honda is pushing forward the facelift for the 9th Gen Civic. Expected to be launched end of 2012 or…

Bob

We have to thank carmakers like Kia, Hyundai even Volkswagen otherwise arrogant carmakers like Honda wouldn't even offer the 5-years warranty.

breadman

The new maintenance, service and warranty package is long overdue for this brand. Competition is a surefire way to keep them honest which becomes a direct benefit to consumers.

Duck

Good review. I think the 8th Gen look better on the outside, but the 9th Gen is where I'd like to be in (interior). The seats definitely looks more comfortable…

Terry

Test drove today (2.0 Navi available for test). Ride is quite bumpy. Overall, internal materials are of hard plastic but bearable. Design of dashboard does not look comfortable to me.

Centromt

I've just manage to test drive the 2.0SX at Jln Chan Sow Lin. Did not get far due to being on trade plates. It's a big improvement from the the…

nice

Dude a very nice review! I love it how you detail in the boot space and navi. You should do video review also!

breadman

Yes, that's what I am thinking. I have an old car to get rid off. Red or blue. Hehehe.....

kensomuse

Good luck, bro .... here's a thought ... a new Volvo costs more than RM200k ... how about a K5 and a 2.0 Forte? Time to poison dad

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. I didn't manage to finish a whole tank so I cannot conclusively say how's the FC but I'd probably say it's comparable to most Asian cars.…

Gilthoniel

Yes, best bang for buck car! Still driving my 2010 4 speed 1.6sx and that car is a champ. No problems whatsoever, cheap to maintain, and $h!tload of buttons and…

Bryan

Nice write-up. Got me moved a bit now. Just wanted to ask how's the fuel consumption like? and which showroom did you purchase the car from?

Mark Lam

Thanks for the advice buddy. Had a discussion with him just 2 nights ago regarding the Korean vs the marques. In his opinion, nothing beats the ride and handling of…

Lowpro

Get the Koup. You have been waiting for that!

kensomuse

Well, perhaps you can find out more on what concerns your father has about the car. Try to understand what are the qualities in the S60 that your dad appreciates…

Mark Lam

I'm still trying to convince my father in nodding his head to let me buy him the 2.0SX. Been feeding him with the good virtues of the Forte for weeks…

kensomuse

Good question. Yes, it's now on the right side and sits NEXT to the cruise control buttons. It's more intuitive now with this new layout. Other models of Kia has…

hier nachlesen

I was pretty pleased to find this website. I want to to thank you for ones time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every part of it…

Reaper

hi, just want to ask regarding on the new HU as shown in your picture. As you mentioned earlier, the new HU steering for answer/drop call button location is a…

breadman

I own one. Need to get adjusted after switching over from the troublesome Pug 308T. The torque is very usable in city traffic. The suspension is not too soft and…

Duck

Affordable car that has everything in it. I think the Preve would be the main competitor in this segment if you talk about having everything in one package and affordable.…

Vincent.boleh

Uncle prefer better resale value. Look at the current 2nd hand value of Korean marks you'll know why uncle still prefer old engines with new body and care less whether…

Syed

Hi Kensomuse, Great review..Do you have anything on the fuel consumption as saw different web sites stating different figure i.e 6L/ 100km and 8.6L/100km for the 2.0. Also, does the…

kensomuse

Well, I guess different people have different tolerances when it comes to sound. It also largely depends on what car you were driving and what you are comparing against. I…

bystander

Hi Kenso, I also tested the same demo car at Veemer OKR. I brought the other half to test drive it as well, but it has been sold :( Just…

kensomuse

Hi NAP250. Personally, I've not heard of any issues pertaining to the Passat's gearbox. Being an owner of a Golf TSi, I can attest to how the issue happens but…

NAP250

Hi Kenso, Love your bloc. I am a die hard supporter of Toyota and have been driving Corollas for years. My family now wons a Vios and Altis, and I…

ric1234

May I know it is a pre own or pre-reg or 2011 model that was on offer? and which branch?

kensomuse

Thanks for dropping by, Liew. Since the 408 is a new model with a modified Prince engine, only time can prove its long term reliability. So far there has been…

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Great website. Plenty of useful information here. I am sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you to your sweat!

Liew

Hello ,bro... This is my first time reading your blog here and I found that the info u posted were so useful, especially for me that I am hoping to…

Gilthoniel

Yes bro, the swift is also my first love... Too bad had to sell her off with a big loss just recently after having her since August 2005. I remember…

DUck

I suppose the 2nd Value part only applies to CKD owners. A quick check on the pricing.. i think a 5 year old CBU is only about 40k.. and I…

waihon71

due to low sales for Jetta , some of the branch offer pre own car at RM140K . but limited units and colour .

cool story bro sweatshirt

I'm not sure exactly why but this website is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I'll check…

Septrain

Not to forget the 2nd hand value for this car is fantastic. After owning it for 5 years, I can still get 47k trade in. If sell myself, I think…

Septrain

Yes I must admit is nice car to have. Fun & Zippy and small so finding tight parking spots is not an issue. But the FC for this car varies…

Duck

haha.. yes, I tend to take high speed corners whenever I have the Swift back in my hands - my brother is currently using the car. When I first got…

breadman

The new KIA design is a breath of fresh air. It is so trendy, a far cry from the older models.

lp16

Any known issue with the CT? I'm actually thinking of getting one esp 2011 unit with discounts. Turn offs are no air vents for 3rd row and for a car…

kensomuse

Likewise, bro .... short test drives around the neighborhood can only show you as much.

BK

Thanks! Hope you can do a detailed review/test drive of Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-5 soon. Those short test drives that I did yields only base impression.

kensomuse

I can't really say because the test drive session with the CX-5 is too short. Good enough for an impression but insufficient to do a more thorough review.

bystander

how does this compare to the Mazda CX5?

Lowpro

i think VW quotes their power in PS which is somewhere around 2 units lower when compared to in hp. eg. if they quote 160ps, it can be related to…

kensomuse

Being the large car that it is, NVH is poorer compared to a sedan. The K5 definitely trumps the Sportage in this area. Interior fit and finish is excellent ...…

septrain

Paul Tan used to be like this, giving opinons rather than just technical facts. He doesn't really compare like what you are doing now. And I find he is a…

BK

Care to comment on the NVH? How about the interiors, are the plush? Any rattles from dashboard and door panels? How's the AT gear change? Smooth?

Verm

Wow. Very honoured bro. Definitely. To the extent of my knowledge that is. Let see how we can work it out. Very interested.

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. Motivation to do more and do it better!!

kensomuse

Thanks, bro .... coming from you, that means a lot. I've always wanted to do a feature on basic, moderate and advance car detailing but worry by lack of knowledge…

kensomuse

Well, I wouldn't boast to be comparable to Paultan but I truly appreciate the compliment. I have to make a lot of references and cross checks with Paul's articles to…

kensomuse

Well, we have to compare apple to apple. Perhaps a shoot out involving the Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson and the Nissan X-Trail may give us better insights on its performance,…

kensomuse

FC status updated

Duck

It was my mom who is looking for a car. And she paid booking after the test drive yesterday. I will say this again, Peugeot sales people are better equipped…

m3t4ph0R

lovable review.

Verm

hehe .. your the first few website i check everyday bro .. keep up the good work!

ernie

wow your write up is very good.now we have paultan 2. love it.

Duck

Btw, nice pictures :)

Duck

If showing off is what you need then this is the car. It's got so many gadgets / functions in there. But ultimately, you buy a car to drive.. so…

kensomuse

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. You are right .... the Forte is indeed running on CVVT whereas the Sportage is Dual CVVT. Error corrected.

kensomuse

Still collecting data. Will report that by the end of the day

septrain

Bro no report on FC

brazbuz

i think kia forte 2.0 is not using the same engine as sportage, forte still using cvvt engine instead dual cvvt like in this suv

kensomuse

So when you going to place a booking for the 3008?

Duck

Went to both Pug and VW showroom in Penang. Viewed and test drove both Cross Touran and 3008. The 3008's acceleration from stationery is much better and its interior is…

pickup driver

u really have up to date info.. thank u.. i also visit paultan web, but the faster car info is u. keep it up..

Indomee

err...170k is already forrestor price range territory. & only 2.0NA engine. hmmm... CX5 sounds like a btr deal with completely new design n engine skyactive tech. Not to mention its…

kensomuse

Well, some times we have to stick to official numbers from the manufacturers to avoid some quarters questioning the testing methods. Personally, I think there is a difference in sprint…

coward

Test drove 308T just now, feel that its power in S-mode is rather close to Jetta(after dsg software upgraded). I tested them in same route, so is fair comparison. Previously…

coward

A comment above said using Dynolicious measure 0-100 ~ 8.7s, so in actual ride, did you feel the huge gap of power/acceralation ? I also notice in all of the…

kensomuse

Although on paper, the difference of 308THP 156bhp vs Golf's 160bhp and torque for both cars are the same at 240Nm, the Golf has better acceleration at 0-100kph; achieving it…

coward

compare 308T 6 speed to golf tsi, how big is the power difference?

Duck

I like the new grill on the facelift 3008. The current grill just look a bit out of place with the car.

fon

omg yes finally a decent turbo diesel engine in a decent sedan ^^ good write up bro

Duck

I like your innovation on the iPad thing.. haha I think this car is pretty cool to travel in if you have a family and the feeling of sitting at…

kensomuse

No one knows. China seems to be gearing up on its own locally assembled 3008 facelift (see link below): http://www.chinacartimes.com/2012/05/10/peugeot-3008-china-model-unveiled-spy-shots/ but like the 308 sedan which is available there, we…

Lowpro

Subaru XV as told to me during the recent super GT race was estimated to be around RM150k - RM170k for the 2.0NA engine.

indomee

I simply love the interior, but not so much on the exterior. Any news how the subaru xv will compare to this 1? Any guess on the xv price?

James

Any news when the FL is coming? Everything is r good if they can increase 100mm-150mm to the rear sit and update to the new front grill

Lowpro

Actually for the Jetta, there's the 408 to keep it busy.

Lowpro

Actually after speaking to a few friends who lived and owned the original 86, the new 86 has somewhat lost the essence of what the original was created to be.…

Terry

I offer to service your crystal ball... =)

jflee169

so, one stone kills two birds (actually more than 2). Ha.....

Lowpro

It is supposed to slam the Passat hard as well.

jflee169

Nice write up, been following closely your blog. The standard specs really give Jetta a big tight slam! Ha...........but, hopefully nasim don't spank the owner after the warranty.

Lowpro

Nice write up on the 508GT by EVO, UK: http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/262696/peugeot_508_22_hdi_204_gt_review.html

Lowpro

Actually I just got clarification that the local diesel was tested for about 3 years and intensified since last year.

Lowpro

Surprisingly, it can because what the pumps don't tell you is that diesel quality has been progressively improved without anyone's notice simply because there is no major price hike in…

zentra

Great writeup kenso! Wonder if the GT can take our hopeless diesel, or has the engine been downtuned? Any ideas?

Duck

It seems to be a good time to buy a continental car now. I believe they will have better resale value which truly reflects on its price.. even better, they…

kensomuse

No idea, bro ... crystal ball out of service :P But I suppose the SA must be quoting example from the 407 which is almost a decade old before being…

bk

Good to know Naza is launching Peugeot in force. The range is almost complete, from entry level sedan, MPV, CUV, etc....well done! Time for the Jap competitors to improve their…

Terry

Thanks. Any idea what the average life cycle of a Peugeot model is? I asked SA, they said normally it is ~ 10 yrs before a new model is introduced.…

kensomuse

I understand, bro .... honestly if RV is your priority, then a Peugeot is not ideal for you.

Lowpro

Yup. The rotation thingy is a real hassle with custoemrs needing to hunt for the test drive schedules given out monthly. One tip is to ask the branch manager to…

Terry

Thanks bro...my only concern is if I buy now, then a new model will be available in 2013 (global) and eventually in 2014 (Malaysia). Then, my car is only ~…

kensomuse

That would definitely be a welcome, bro .... provided you can make it in time for the launch, mate. For example, the Peugeot launch took place in Subang Skypark at…

Jinkhang

Lol bro, bring me along to help you photograph ;)

Duck

I feel chrostrophobic seating at the back of the Jetta. Those two front seats are just huge and you could hardly see anything in front. And if you compare it…

breadman

Just dropping by to say hello.

kensomuse

Hard to tell. Though the 308 may be launched in 2007, it wasn't until 2009 that the first units started selling in Malaysia. Then, the same again with the FL;…

Terry

Any idea what the average life cycle is for a Peugeot Car (particularly 308)? I read in wikipedia that the car was launched in 2007, facelifted in 2011 (which should…

Lowpro

408, 508... no difference. same process.

kevin

I haven't been keeping myself updated with Pugs. When Naza says CKD, they really mean SKD, right? Ignoring the 408.

kensomuse

The 408 does indeed have better rear legroom. Whether it's due to smaller seats or not, I'd need to use my bum to measure again :P Having said that, both…

kensomuse

Hi bro, they're all CKD

Centromt

Wow..another option with the new price point for 508 Std. Was considering the VW Jetta, Pug 408 and now perhaps 508 Std. Kenso, any ideas if the models are still…

Lowpro

The 408 actually looks roomier due to the smaller seats. So, you actually feel like it is more spacious and roomy inside, but a little less cozy. Perhaps it actually…

Yoyo

Is it just me or does the 508 rear legroom look less roomy compared to 408?

kensomuse

Thanks bro. Like I said, my crappy photography skills had all the people pictures showing up blur. At any rate, it's the same models as those in the 408 launch…

Dominic

Good write up! Very informative indeed especially with the loan calculations. But for photos, you missed some of the important ones! You have more 508 pictures than those pretty lasses!…

verm

hehe .. my bad. But the pics are definitely better than the phone type. Also this are the things you need for a good blog .. good pics .. Thumbs…

kensomuse

Errm .... the pictures were shot with the Nikon D7000 ... still having a problem using it since more than 1/3 of my shots were out of focus

kensomuse

Good spotting. I re-checked the brochure and press handouts and there is indeed a mismatch between the two. Brochure states 215/55 R17 whereas press kit says 215/60 R17. I'll try…

Duck

Test drove the 508 (prior to this launch) and wasn't impressed with the car compared to the Passat. However, that amount of torque on the GT version may just change…

mat rempitz

i'd rather have marion cotillard..

kevin

Is there a typo on the tyre size for the Standard?

danieltbg

Good write up mate. Simple and nice and don't bore readers with details. Very useful facts and figures too especially the comparison part.

verm

very fast bro, considering the amount of content you get to photo .. u should get at least a entry level SLR ... not to mention the chicks u see…

lowpro

wow! super fast lah you and fantastic write up! i like the part where you added in the loan calculations. overall, super duper job ken! keep it up!

Superforte

I showed up, u didnt. Full stop. And it seems you left so many cars behind "knowingly" that they are trying to frag with you. Like the other day a…

kensomuse

I believe the price varies from RM2,000 to RM2,200. Check with your local dealers ... some SAs might even have contacts for cheaper

Indomee

I don't feel its worth in every penny spend on this car. Not to mention the engineering tech, just the design alone is so 90's! Look at the tail light,…

R

how much is the LED R tail lights?

Duck

This is perhaps a new sports range to replace the discontinued Celica - sports chassis but lacks power compared to similar range of cars.

NA

Not the best sports car, too little horse for too much money, even the professional drifter ditch everything on the car except chassis. And drifters don't drift with new car…

abang tanjung

perhaps for every purchase of VW without spare tyres, they should throw in 30-minute tyre repair course to get a hold of it in case shit happens. I know there…

Pug Lion

NA: Clearly you don't understand the relationship between hp and torque. There's no such thing as torque pulls the car from standstill, and hp takes over at high revs. Anyone…

Superforte

Im sure not keen to turn up solo again. Take a test drag urself. No need to post results here if the figures deemed unsatisfactory

kensomuse

Thanks Miah. I truly appreciate your comments.

Miah

Hi Kenso., Just to update I have decided for Jazz Hybrid: 1) much better interior styling 2) bigger and more practical 3) my wife and kids love Jazz more than…

Pug Lion

Ok, I have left my number behind but there have been no takers for the friendly drag session yet. So why not like this, those who are keen kindly leave…

kensomuse

I would love to have a feedback of my own too :) Let's see how it plays out

Duck

The Cross Touran's front and back wheels comes in different size. If you want a spare tire, then you'll need two of it.. hence the tire repair kit.

kevin

Ford PJ isn't that far from your workplace. Do test drive the S-Max. I would love to have your feedback.

kevin

CBU VWs usually come with spare tyres but their specified tyres in use are also self-sealing Contiseal tyres. The Cross Touran is one of the few VWs in Malaysia that…

kev

is it normal for vw not to provide spare tyre? i think it's a big turn-off, i'd rather change the tyre than do the repair at some god forsaken place…

Dominic

Very true, one of the reason I bought the 308t was because of the torque. Add a tuning box or remap and cold air intake, theoretically we can get close…

Dominic

Pug Lion, thanks for your menu, nothing much to digest here. Maybe understanding the terms better. A 308THP isn't a sports car but it's good enough to smoke cars like…

Superforte

Big words Huge figures Too bad no actual turning up, or at least go test a drag urself. We will not be there to laugh

NA

Clearly you have no idea how does a drag works...The drag machines that emphasis on high horse power, is because beneath the 1000 HP figure there is gazillion ton of…

kensomuse

I've always wanted to do a review on the Fords (Fiesta/Mondeo/S-Max) but with only so few branches around and not all of them having test drive units, it is proving…

BK

Good review with dash of humour. How about doing a review on other continental MPVs like Ford S-Max?

kereta saya pun laju

on a 2nd note: after i weighted the 308 on actual curb weight it showed 1388kg..not bad at all as it quite close to the fact figures of 1382kg.. hehe..

kereta saya pun laju

quoted from comment earlier "So unless you’re talking about a remapped Pudgy Lion, don’t expect it to even walk a Forte 2.0, Sylphy let alone edge the FD2. FYI…" changing…

Fon

beautifully written, kudos to zomb apoc ^^

Pug Lion

Hi Dominic, nice of you to chime in. Ok here are some facts if you care to digest: 308THP vs Forte 2.0 vs Civic FD2: 156hp+240Nm @ 1,382kg (308THP) 154hp+195Nm…

Duck

Only two words for this car: practical carrier. VW salesman said the direct competitor is the 3008 instead of 5008 as this is a cross over. Not really an Mpv…

Dominic

Pal, you are using the box or ecu remapped?

Dominic

Alan, are you serious 308thp against forte? Later can become satay, you know lol. Maybe forte should try challenge a proton preve, They should be close in terms of performance.…

Alan Wong

Firstly, lets get this straight.... Drag race would be nice but, lets do it safe and make friends. It does not matter who wins or who loses. Its just about,…

Forte4eva

My car is not in the list of car that you wanted to drag against (remapped 308) and I am not based in KL anyway. If you do come up…

Pug Lion

Sorry I wasn't free. Anyway I already left my number here. Do give me a buzz anytime to arrange a friendly drag. Let's start with you maybe, Forte4eva?

Forte4eva

I don't recall seeing a Forte at Klawang over the weekend..what happened to Forte dude? "Not free"? Or was left behind till went unnoticed? hmm...

Duck

IF you are not paying cash for 270k (Passat CC), then I believe there will be very little difference in monthly commitment between getting the 230k CC. Might as well…

kevin

There are methods of circumventing high road taxes on large capacity vehicles - thanks to the different rates applied in Sabah and Sarawak :D

kevin

Congrats and ALWAYS remember your roots. The "other" online portal seems to have lost the plot of late and the majority of their posts are just regurgitated press releases. New…

kevin

Spot on. In the 1980s, the Ninja King was the only way to travel in comfort to the interiors of Sabah, without worrying about breakdowns. Back then, roads out of…

kensomuse

A few reasons:- 1) Mine was one of those 4 speeders that had recurring engine knocking. Heard 6 speeders hardly have this issue. 2) I needed a more uncle-ish car…

Amazon

Hi Kenso bro, Sorry forgot to mention previously. Any specific reason y u sold off the 308THP and get the golf? Thanks!

Spear & Shield

Sad case of the pricing constraint. Please best use of the vote in your hand.

kensomuse

Hmmm, what sort of feedback you want, bro?

Name *

I like your style! But make you take up this friendly challenge for most us very eager to see who's having who for breakfast, the French toast or the Korean…

Amazon

Hi Kenso, Previously you were driving a 308THP but changed to the Golf TSI after a couple of years? Was wondering as i love the golf but the 308THP seems…

kensomuse

Excellent! Allow me the liberty of sharing the info you requested: http://forum.autoworld.com.my/index.php?showtopic=103911

Pug Lion

Where's Klawang? GPS coordinates pls? What time will you guys be there? If I am free I will try to make it. If not, you can text me anytime at…

kensomuse

Thanks, mate. More to come!

Kong

Kind of stumbled onto your blog. Love your writing style. Keep it up!

indomee

People get passatt cc becuz of it gti powerful engine! I dont think any1 gona pay an extra of 60k for a little bit sportier look whereas the rest is…

BeemerFreak

The new CC does in fact have the 2.0 tsi with 211 PS and 280NM torque paired with a six speed wet clutch DSG. However VGM are facing huge difficulties…

yoyo

based from the specs i guess the CC is infact a sissy co pared to its predecessor lol

Duck

To be honest, all this depends on who has more balls after going past 200 km/h. Or sometimes, who has more brains. I can tell you that the FD2's handling…

Duck

Kenso, that was fast. You're like "James Bond" eh? Spy pics. At 230k, I think the rival would be the BMW 320i?

cilipadi308

i agree. out of goodwill, do come over. it's the weekend, time to have some fun. cilipadi* 308T maybe smaller CC, but will wanna find out whether it's 'spicyness' can…

Superforte

Instead of comparing who's keyboard is bigger, why not come over with your forte to klawang this sunday? We can do drag test, corner test or whatever test we can,…

NA

Puglion, I have not driven the 2.0 Forte, because non available for test drive, but I've tested the 1.6; I doubt the 1.6 Forte can go any faster than a…

kensomuse

Hi John, I was told that the cars are already in Gurun but have not been released yet so I'm guessing very soon. I believe booking is already open now…

John Cooper

Hi Kenso, do you know for sure if the FL 308VTI will be on sale? keen to get one, tks

kensomuse

Hi Pug Lion, Thanks for dropping by again. Defend myself? I see no need ... after all, to defend myself would imply there was an attack. Your opinion, in which…

Pug Lion

Alan Wong: Are you the same Alan Wong who drives a 308 GTI? If you are, then you know for sure it won't be a fair fight lol... Yeah I…

Pug Lion

Guys guys... It seems that I have ruffled some Pug feathers over here. Well, better live in denial than face the truth, right? I have a feeling that most of…

kensomuse

Well, I got mine for RM55k (which is the reason why I say it's cheaper than a Myvi) from Mudah.my: http://www.kensomuse.com/the-skoda-octavia-an-owners-perspective-2/ Most 2nd hand units registered around 2006 are being…

Spear & Shield

"Pug Lion", Is this your blog? LOLX. http://grinnerscarsmalaysiablog.blogspot.com/2011/01/if-it-aint-turbo-anything-less-than-20l.html

tansp

I hardly find any 2nd hand Skoda in the market, you have any clues? Please do not compare between a Myvi and Skoda, Myvi is nothing but junk comparing to…

kensomuse

Sounds like BS to me since there is already no import/excise tax on hybrids now. Unless the sellers wants to reduce their profit margin, I don't see how they can…

RCZ

yeah, i agree. i also curious. don't try won't know right? ;)

RCZ

good one! LOL!

BK

Cheh...my BMW is even better...Bas Mini Wilayah. But those born after 1990s...might not remember this...

ahtsong

It should like my wife told me she smoke the Ferrari with her ex-SLK (Small Little Kancil) Hahahaha

BK

Bro Malowar, US already have Mazda 3 with SkyActiv engine with 6AT (but still retain old chassis), and already this long term test drive blog is giving good impressions. http://blogs.insideline.com/roadtests/2012/05/2012-mazda-3-id-get-the-skyactiv-engine.html

BK

Hi Kenso, The suit of SkyActiv technology is not really ground breaking or revolutionary as compared to hybrids or EV. It is just an improvement and refinement of existing auto-mobile…

BK

There's a reason why people go to the Bangkok auto show...

BK

Hi Kenso, I heard that the gov will even further reduce tax on hybrids, and the word is that hybrids like the Insight and Prius-C could even be priced as…

BK

Hmm...the shiny glossy bits in the interior (such as the door handles) is not a good idea as my current ride (308 THP 4AT) will reflect the sun back into…

Rizal Daud

DSC more fun? Btw this FL comes with 5 years warranty but without the 3years free maintenance as offered last time. Nasim may offer such promo again in time.

kereta saya pun laju

Bro, 308 geng gona do a kuala klawang ride this week.. y dont u join and prove your statement..not an invitation for a race, but we r keen to verify…

kensomuse

You know .... You reminded me of a post in Autoworld where a Toyota Altis driver was telling everyone he smoked a VW Golf and proudly declaring Toyota's Dual VVTi…

Alan Wong

Lets do a Drag Race... for friendship sake and to prove your statement is correct...

Super Forte

I am sure even a Ferarri is inferior to your Forte provided you pick the right driver FYI

Pug Lion

Sorry, but it's rather presumptuous to say that this Lion will eat any C-segment car for breakfast. Try and pit it against a Civic FD2, Sylphy or Forte 2.0 6-sp…

Dominic Lim

The USB port is already inside the compartment box for the 2010 6 speed THP

kensomuse

I fully concur

kensomuse

That's why the 2nd hand Skodas are good picks here ... cheaper than a Lagi Power Lagi Best MyVi

Lowpro

If the price is right, I think the VTi has the most gains and benefits the buyer the most. Generally failsafe and now with the gorgeous panoramic roof... it really…

Tan SP

I was in Germany for the last 2 week and rented a Skoda Octavia 1.6TSI with 6 speed manual trans (I booked for an Peogeot 308 but get a Skoda…

Yoyo

Its kinda sad to see so little Jetta's on the road..to me its a nice family (ample room at the back, nice safety features etc)+performance car (1.4Tsi 0-100 in 8.3sec!)..if…

Centromt

One more thing to consider also is pricing comparison with car prices from Australia (one of the cheapest in the region). Peugeot prices are about 1.07 higher after FX conversion.…

kensomuse

I'd say yes, the 408T will have better performance and handling because of the weight difference between the C segment 408 vs D segment 508 and slight engine output difference…

Slash

Hi Kenso, Since they use similar engine, do you think 408 Turbo will be better than 508 in term of performance & handling?

RCZ

LOL.. ninja king does look like that ninja turtle pic!

kensomuse

Hi mate, Thanks for the compliment. I concur with your views concerning the Catch 22 situation of the Jetta. I actually booked the car before launch but was disappointed with…

RCZ

good write up and tips! i do occasionally check my phone while walking to my car. bad habit to get rid off.

Centromt

Great stuff mate. I've been on the lookout for a C-segment car and came across your site. I think the Jetta is a great car for its class. The drive…

kensomuse

Thanks. It's called suburbia and it can be found here: http://wpshower.com/

kensomuse

No idea, mate .... hopefully soon. The local automotive scene is getting more interesting

kensomuse

Thanks ... enjoy your stay

Stanley Schrott

Interesting information...located your article on yahoo and i'll come back for sure

source

I enjoy your wordpress theme, where did you get a hold of it?

coward

but the price of jetta is way too high... rm130k+ will definitely pull in many potentially customers... any news of CKD jetta ?

coward

Test driven 408T, power is ok, car is fast, but still not a small gap compare to Jetta.

kensomuse

Yes, I do. Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/Kensomuse

musicismeandonlyme23

do you have a fb fanpage

Slash

Yeah i know. But after they announced the price, then i think no need to compare withJetta already. Jetta too pricey for me.

kensomuse

Well, design is pretty subjective and I've heard more than my fair share of people complaining about the Passat's rather boring dashboard design. Personally, I find it classy and elegant…

benthewen

thanks kenso, saw both cars just now and the difference in terms of cockpit ambience is very pronounced!!!

kensomuse

Hi benthewen, Between Passat and K5, I'd say I'd pick the Passat any time, barring the price difference. No matter what, a conti is a conti and the Europeans have…

benthewen

hi kenso, this is probably a silly question but how would you stack up passat vs the k5? i know the price is probably the major diff but if you…

Karl von Jitry

After paid a visit to Bermaz-Skoda distributor yesterday one thing that l can concluded: Berjaya is gagal to upheld Skoda name. So do, VW Group Malaysia. VGM should put every…

kensomuse

Hi Jack, Thanks for dropping a note, Jack. I'm in the midst of trying to get the scheduled maintenance costing for the 408 but other items such as common wear…

jack

Kensomuse, Grest review and i agree with you on the paddel shifter..own a forte and hardly use thenpaddle shifter..but it is really funky when u have the sudden urge to…

Olli Warelius

Thank you for sharing. Not to many people in your position are so gracious. Your article was very poignant and understandable. It helped me to understand very clearly. Thank you…

Ezamx

If tonight they reduce the price to 130k, tomorrow i`ll put the deposit ... eager to own JETTA.

DC18

Ford Focus won't be same spec as the S60. The local version will use 2.0 NA engine using the powershift. Gotta agree aftersales of Ford/SDAC are't their positive point. They…

Duck

To continue with the "Go Green" concept, it would be wise to structure the roadtax pricing based on emission. It would also help keep older cars off the road and…

Motoren

I guess the Gov is going to be in a dilemma pretty soon when it comes to NAP and structures for duty and taxation. The road tax principle here is…

kensomuse

Hi AyamGolek, Thanks for pointing this out. You are quite right .... the road tax rates for both petrol and diesel has been standardised to be the same. Sorry for…

AyamGolek

Yup, according to AutoConnexion price list for TDCi and Ghia Focus, it is the same. You should clarify on the Diesel road tax. I think those apply to commercial vehicles…

AyamGolek

Shouldn't the road tax be the same for cars whether it is diesel or petrol? I thought Ford Focus TDCi owners pay the same amount of road tax as petrol…

kensomuse

While those are nice features to have, thus far, I'd prefer to the car manufacturers not to skimp on safety which the 1.6T has in abundance. Paddle shifters are useful…

Jack

Push start and paddle shiter is missing in 1.6t.....otherwise, it will be a great car to have...

kensomuse

fare che cosa?

Duck

The upcoming topline Focus will have the same features as the Volvo S60. I think if they price it at 130k region, that would be a steal. Mondeo was quite…

llantas y neumaticos

assicurarsi qualcosa.

W.ROOK

Breath of fresh air..Keep it up!

indomee

haha.... at least this ckd version still wear the lion badge, whereas the elantra wear inokom badge! It does make a difference!

indomee

Today meeting client at 1U & saw peugeot exhibit this 408 road show. The real car looks much better then the photo especially the rear. Simply love the interior &…

Lowpro

that skoda is nice. really nice. this was sold in malaysia some time back. good value if you can accept the age. it's the laurin & klement 1.8 turbo :…

kensomuse

The problem with Ford is it's super-cold 2nd hand value. To defrost its image, it has got to do more like increasing the number of SCs to make it more…

kensomuse

I'll keep you updated if I intend to sell mine. hehehe

Duck

by the way, can't wait to compare it with the upcoming Ford Focus. Any idea when it will be launched?

Duck

I think the new Civic 2.0 will be more expensive than the 408 and probably come with lesser features. Honda generally increase their price tag by 3-5k with facelift /…

kensomuse

DC, When I say NVH, I compare against many other 2.0 C segment cars. Among Asian made cars, the Jetta is much better .... heck, it's definitely a lot more…

kensomuse

Thanks for the compliment. Will do so and do visit here every once in a while for updates :)

brazbuz

first time read your page and i really like it....good job please review more car and put more picture on it......hahahah

kensomuse

At this point of time, no one knows when the Jetta CKD will launched but if they can reduce the price to around RM130-ish, it's a more realistic competitor to…

WaiHon

yes , Continental car feel .Better than Japanese 'H' , 'N' or even 'T' . Great korean Job .

WaiHon

Just test drive 408Turbo yesterday . i think i will still wait for Jetta CKD . a big gap between 408Turbo and Jetta .

kensomuse

Well, with regards to the Golf, I can't say I would buy it if I am given the choice. The Golf was purchased because we needed a replacement for the…

Name *

Again, thank you very much for the informative feedback ;) It's a silly question to ask you in the first place knowing that you actually own a Golf !! *…

kensomuse

Thanks for the suggestion, quuvvan and the link. Though I don't read Chinese, I see your point. First thing on my to-do list (aside from writing more articles) if to…

kensomuse

Hi, First of all, congratulations on getting married! It's pretty cool that you're planning to have not one, but TWO "wives" at almost the same time. Both requires long term…

Name *

I read your articles with great pleasure and love your unbiased and objective reviews with amazement. Would like to ask your expert opinion on this : I am planning to…

quuvvan

Hi Ken, one suggestion on "different approach" would be a very detail write up with lots of clear pictures. Such as http://www.mobile01.com/newsdetail.php?id=11634. I have yet to find any of our…

kensomuse

Yeah man ... learned my lesson ... don't stay near the chicks; stay near the food Darn, I need a better camera

kensomuse

No ler ... I'm nothing compared to Paultan ... just a different approach in presenting the information that can be found online. Glad you like it, bro

Lowpro

i didn't get to eat too. darn! we ate the same stuff last night.

behcw

Bro .. you must be the upcoming PaulTan .. got invited huh!! ... Very nice and enjoy your site thoroughly ... when can you test the bimmer new 3 series…

kensomuse

Although the similarities lies in its price, the Polo Sedan has nothing going for it other than badge. The 408 2.0, the largest C segment car will kill the most…

Motoren

"It jz make the elantra look plan stupid of their pricing as they are over ambitious & over confident on their products?" One has to factor in the fact that…

thinkerr

Not sure how this will do for the current 308 residual value. Nevertheless it would be interesting to see how it fares with the recently launched Polo sedan.

thinkerr

Totally agree...not sure what Sime is thinking when they priced the Elantra that way.

Pogostik

It's very nice. ...and to be launched just after Preve enters the market, it's sure 'naughty'!

Lowpro

nice... :)

kensomuse

While I was anticipating the 2.0 to be priced as such, the Turbo version caught me by surprise. Very good price strategy by Nasim

Name *

RM109,888 = 2.0L version RM125,888 = 1.6L turbo engine. Hehe....the price seem competitive & love the interior! It jz make the elantra look plan stupid of their pricing as they…

Karl von Jitry

Dear Ken, Thank you for your reply. I'm glad to hear about this response. If Skoda can manage the brand better, definitely the Czech brand will gradually become next VW.

kensomuse

Hi Karl, Sorry but other than an aircon compressor, the car has been very reliable. As for the compressor price, it costs me RM3,000 inclusive of full servicing and installation…

Karl von Jitry

Hi Ken So, Is it possible to drop me an email. I'm looking to hear about your experience with Skoda. About the parts price compared to VW Volvo and Japanese's…

kenso

Sorry bro .... we're in the midst of shifting house. Hopefully the new template shows a clearer picture

Anonymous

Bro, the comparison chart cannot really read la... Can upload better quality image? Too small and edgy... Sorry. Thamk you, great review.

lowprofile

well, they could hire those who have recently moved out of automotive marketing.

lowprofile

congrats man! keep it up :)

kenso

Thank you for your patronage, king. Will KAIZEN all the way!!

kenso

The VW Cross Touran is a very interesting car ... a very functional family car. Will keep that in mind as the next review. Thanks for the suggestion, mate

king

Congrats bro ... keep up the good work.

Anonymous

I have enjoyed reading your website lately. Love the reviews that you have done and you have put in well thought out critiques. In no time, if you continue pursue…

Unknown

Hey kenso, tx for covering jetta as i requested earlier. Nice review! hehe. I didnt know the side panel is still using hard plastic. I mean car for this price…

Anonymous

Another thing to note, it seems most of the jetta owner have issue with the NVH especially on the wind and tyre noise.In ur article, u mention NVH is very…

kenso

Hey, thanks for the heads-up on the dashboard material. Made the necessary corrections.The service price is based on the branch in Old Klang Road

Anonymous

Kenso, great review. On the dashboard material, it is using soft material. By the way, the service price is based on which branch?DC

kenso

Hi Slash,Did what you requested. Read about it here:http://www.kensomuse.com/2012/05/volkswagen-jetta-price-class-above.html

kenso

Thanks for the compliment. Yeah, with all the pre-registered units around, the price has become even more competitive. There is 2 schools of thoughts with regards to buying (or not)…

Kyrel15

nice write-up....visited VW showroom last forthnight..they are having pre-registered unit promo...passat lowest price at rm 160k, cross touran rm 147k and jetta at rm 137K....

kenso

Will keep that in mind as next project. Thanks for the suggestion

kenso

Well, the older 407's trim levels are getting a bit old, considering the model has been around for the past 7-8 years. If you've seen the 308, you can expect…

Slash

Thanks..hopefully in the future u can do comparison with VW Jetta :)

sup3rduke

Yes bro,total agree with you.There are incresing of body size across the board on various car manufacturer.But in terms of interior quality or equipment level D-segment are still higher.

kenso

Hi sup3rduke,You're right, bro. Different segment but the difference in size is already blurring the edges of the segmentation. Consider also that despite having only 2,700mm wheelbase, it has not…

sup3rduke

Bro,i think you can't directly compared 408 vs 407,because it is different car segment(408--C segment,407--D segment).

kenso

Hi Jesse ... no idea. No test car and the battery in the showroom is disconnected so can't test any electronic features

kenso

Hi Simon,Thanks! It's not really that great .... a lot of K5 owners have reported similar excellent FCs in their outstation drives. I dare say it's very achievable for the…

SiMon Har

wow that is an impressive fuel economy u achieved!

Jesse

How about the wipers? They got 'em right this time?

kenso

Hi Slash ... yup, 2.0 NA will be cheaper than 1.6T

Slash

So 2.0 will be cheaper than 1.6T?

kenso

Hi Rebecca,Thank you for your feedback and also providing the link to your blog. I always appreciate new perspective/opinions and I love the layout of your blog! So clean and…

kenso

Hi king,Small Peugeot glove compartments are a norm because unlike Germans who do a proper left to right hand drive conversion, the French does a half-baked job. Most notable is…

Rebecca Saw

Nice! I was there during the launch but love reading your post as yours is so comprehensive!http://www.rebeccasaw.com/nissan-leaf-the-100-electric-car-in-malaysia/

king

I noticed that storage space in Pugs are generally very limited ... from your pix, the glove compartment looks really small

kenso

Yeah, I had the same thoughts when I first saw the technical specs with regards to the airbags

Unknown

Heard lots of good comments from this almighty one! Was supporting Nissan Tennessee back then when it was launched. Very good feedback :)

Duck

Since when did the Pugs put extra airbags into higher variants? Seem like nasim has gone the Jap way. Should be a standard feature.

kenso

Thanks for the compliment, malowar. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before SkyActiv is introduced to its B and C segment models. I suspect the the next model…

malowar

I hope the all future models by Mazda will feature all the skyactiv technologies especially for current mazda 2 & mazda 3, which within my budget heheheAnyway, good review kenso…

Lora

The only reason why ppl still choose CRV.With one reason- Resale Value.

Kevin

The Taman Megah branch was already conducting test drives. I do not like the frontal look of the car and the incandescent driving lamps look very old school.

motoren

Mazda have an interesting design, though upon first glance it reminded me straight away of the Saab 9-4 that was not to be! To be fair to Mazda, they have…

kenso

Hi malowar,Very good point! I have edited the article so that it gives a brief explanation on nett vs gross (assumption no 5). Thanks for the feedback!

malowar

hi kenso,just seeking clarification based on your guide.given the new BNM regulation of car repayment not more than 1/3 of nett monthly salary, the owner's monthly salary in your guide…

kenso

Hi Miah .... I see you completely miss the point of this guide. As I have said before, this is not a financial guide; instead an indicative guide of the…

Weng Meng

I must say I am impressed with the K5. Initially thought about getting the Sportage but after test driving the K5 I am sold. The only prob I had is…

kenso

Hi Kevin .... continental feel? Yup .... as close as an Asian car can be. The suspension, steering accuracy and body roll is all kept in check

MIAH

hiwith housing cost more than Rm400k+(rm2k+/month).. people might need to rethink about buying a Rm200+k car with only monthly salary less than Rm10k per monthas per above guide- paying Rm3+k…

Kevin

How does the K5 compare with your Black Beauty? Does it give you a continental car feel?

kenso

You're most welcome, king. Happy hunting!

king

Thanks for the heads up kenso ... honestly I have not really tot about the K5 ... but after reading your review I will take a test drive before making…

kenso

That's a tough question, king. Mainly because I've not been given a 508 to drive south so it won't be an objective comparison. But if based on the little time…

king

Nice ... I know we dun compare apple & orange but how is this car in comparison to the Peugeot 508 you reviewed earlier

kenso

Hi Miah,Thanks for sharing your views. As the article focuses only on automotive financing and not lifestyle financing, I leave it to readers to decide for themselves what they can…

kenso

Hi Miah,Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, without an extended use of a test car, I hesitate to post FC because it is largely dependent on driving style and driving conditions.…

MIAH

hiobviously you did not review in detail on the actual fuel consumptions comparison - beat the purpose of reviewing hybrid car?i test drove prius c and found it very dull…

MIAH

wow...i think your estimation way out man...you must include cost of living + educations max monthly commitment for car + house loans cannot exceed 30% of monthly income..monthly income of…

kenso

Weng Meng .... waiting for you to buy the Sportage then let me have it for one day to review :)Jokes aside, one step at a time, bro .... there…

kenso

Hi mkhor, thanks for the compliment. As mentioned, I do not have the full engine performance specification and have no doubt your data is correct. With such an earlier gap…

mkhor

Good overview, but I would like to add some comments here.PriusC starts easily on electric motor that has 169Nm of torque. Jazz Hybrid starts like a regular car with the…

Weng Meng

Anyway I don't really like the interior esp the dashboard. It looks cheap to me. I think the Hyundai Elantra interior is nicer.

Weng Meng

Why never do a review on the Sportage?

Weng Meng

Is a great car with value for money but would u buy? Is the same engine as the 308thp thus comes with common prob like knocking and leaking. If this…

manoj singh

Ya I totally agree with you different dealerships may have different service/labor costing so the data may not be accurate. In India Tata safari strome makes a complete package of…

kenso

Hehehe, I am in no hurry to change cars, bro

thinkerr

So are you getting one to replace your Skoda?

Chorwin

Plus 1 vote for Forte vs Elantra...especially the 1.6 variant.. as those who looking for Elantra 1.6 might consider Forte 1.6 too. :)

Chorwin

Very detail review on the VW sedan!Even better then paultan blog.. good job!

kenso

The latest issue (May 2012) Autocar Malaysia featured a 3 point battle between the 508, Passat and Mondeo. The conclusion was the Passat had a "firm, nuggety ride", un-entertaining to…

kenso

The May 2012 edition of Autocar Malaysia also featured an article about the Kizashi which is, surprisingly more accurate in representing the car compared to TopGear.

kenso

The Kizashi has been getting a lot of media attention lately. In the latest issue #62 of TopGear Malaysia, it's ironic that the reviewer asked a question about how it's…

kenso

Hi blizzard335, nope, not that I have heard of. There's a wrongly advertised price that's found in the May 2012 issue of Autocar Malaysia and it's a typo.

blizzard335

any news on the CKD? price drop? went for a test drive today, and the SA said that the CKD is in the pipeline, due in June.

kenso

Thanks for the heads-up, bro. Corrected in the comparison sheet

lowprofile

the 508's warranty should be 5 years now.

kenso

Hi tarzanI too follow the developments in India and regularly surf Team-BHP's forums which has a wealth of information. I do agree with you that Maruti Suzuki is a market…

kenso

I guess part of the reason is sales don't really talk to after sales, not so much about not willing to share that information. Furthermore, different dealerships may have different…

tarzan

Volkswagen has always kept their reputation of producing most envious cars, with excellent finish in their design. Volkswagen polo is another example of perfect hatchback with comfort and style.I have…

motoren

Interesting analysis you have there Bro and bound to be a useful tool for some. I am in the midst of doing a whole of life cost comparison for some…

kenso

Hi Kevin,I ask myself the same question too. Both are very different cars but very similar prices. Design aside, if it was up to me, I'd take the Preve since…

Jeff Hardy

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Kevin

How does the Preve Premium compare to your friend's 207? Which one do you think is the better buy?

kenso

Hi unknown. Hmmm, thanks for reminding me about the Jetta. I'll see if there's anyone willing to loan me one to try out. I've actually tested it before but it's…

Unknown

Nice write up dude. At least u are honest about your write up! I strongly agree with every point of your view for this kizashi! Keep up the good jobs!…

kenso

Hi Ramlan. Your guess is as good as mine if they decide to CKD this model. It would be good if the price can be further reduced but I feel…

Ramlan

How much the price if CKD?

kenso

Compared to the 308T? Cannot compare ... the Preve's CVT is it's Achilles heel .... I don't feel the engine is generating 205Nm at all.

jimmyfoh

good writeup! how does it compare to your old 308T in terms of power and handling? :)

kenso

Thanks for the compliment, eds. Now that you've mentioned it .... the rear does indeed remind me a little of the trident Gran Turismo :)

city

nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

eds

Stumbled upon your blog whilst scouring forums for info on the Optima K5. Excellent write-up, Kenso. I'm assuming you have gotten your ride already. Bet it still a head-turner. When…

Peter

Nice blog very informative.Cheap Kia For Sale

kenso

The OSIR tips I got from Singapore ... can't remember the price but now they're offering at SGD210 cash (credit card payments incurs high interest)http://www.vagsg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42642As for the RNS, you can…

Unknown

Nice write-up. Really sums up what the Golf is. May I know how much did the exhaust tips cost you and where you got it fixed? And also the RNS510.…

kenso

Thanks for the compliment, bro ... will do my best to fulfill your request

Eddie333

Appreciate you were to test drive the Forte again. I'm sure you can write a good comparison. I really enjoy reading your blog. Good work, keep it up man .

thinkerr

Agree bro...btw nicely done blog. Keep it up man!!

kenso

Of course, bro thinkerr ... but we're comparing cars costing below RM200k. At this price scale, one simply can't afford luxury brands unless 2nd hand/recon

thinkerr

IMHO...this Passat B7 does not really carry an image of an executive. I'd still put my money on a smaller C class or a 3 series (of course pricing is…

kenso

Hi Eddie333,Nice of you to drop a note here. I feel that each of us have our own set of priorities when selecting the right vehicle to suit our individual…

Eddie333

Hai Kenso, thanks for the review on this car. I have booked 1.6 HS and tested several times. I found that the power not as good as honda city 1.5…

kenso

Hi Dogbert .... it's difficult to say who's the segment leader. If we look at total sales of the Inspira, it's not really doing very well.

Dogbert

The 2.0 Inspira CVT at 92K instead of Lancer at 126K would have made it the segment leader ?

kenso

Mik, very nice!! Love the whole layout. Do let me know if I can contribute in any way

motoren

Nice write up Bro! I like the way you write so I have taken the liberty of using your feed to publish on my e paper project, still in its…

kenso

Honestly I've not tried streaming via BT but personally I've not seen that function. I've paired iPhone and Blackberry to it and with the Blackberry, there is one additional function…

Kevin

Does the BT module allow for audio streaming? Do iPhones support BT audio streaming because that would make the cable redundant?