myTukar powered by Carrro recently kick started a video project with Malaysian auto enthusiasts Route Hunters to decipher the myths of popular Hot Hatches in Malaysia. Three most well-received hot hatches in the country, a Volkswagen Polo GTi, Peugeot GTi and Ford Fiesta ST, were trial and tested on the track to test durability and speed, obviously. Each then went on myTukar’s comprehensive inspection evaluation to determine their pre-owned value. After thorough inspections at nyTukar Glenmarie, the hot hatches would fetch a price range of between RM50,000 – 75,000.
With a budget of RM50,000 till 75,000, the choice can’t run away from the entry level norm; the Perodua MyVi, Proton Persona, Honda Jazz base model or Toyota VIos base model. The entry level models are usually the first thing that comes to mind when you’re starting out your first job or fresh out of college. However, for those who are more affluent, there's a more conducive alternative to the above enry level cars for the same amount 'mula'. The decision is the buyer’s, of course.
The Volkswagen Polo GTi, Peugeot 208 GTi and Ford Fiesta ST cost between RM50,000 to RM70,000 in the 2nd hand market, but is it advisable to go for a one of these pre-loved sporting hatches that once cost nearly RM150,000? myTukar along with Route Hunters (RH) went on a journey to discover the answer in a three-part video series.
After completing the first part of the video, myTukar and RH successfully showcased the features and unique specification of each of the above compact sports. Each model tested was introduced in the local market, at least five years earlier. One of the main topics of the test was: do the hot hatches have the right type of features when stacked against today’s similar models? To start things off, two of three hot hatches have Bluetooth connectivity and play MP3 music, but only the 208 GTi is decked with a CD player and has a functioning navigation system. The Polo GTi lacks Bluetooth connectivity but makes it up in the form of a retractable panoramic roof.
Each of the hot hatch is the top flight variant of their particular model line. Fun-to-drive and quick speed are the main USPs for the Polo GTi, 208 GTi and Fiesta ST. It’s undeniable the cars are fitted with high quality materials, for example leather seats, wrapped steering, gearknob, standout accelerator & brake pedals, and signature trim pieces that pay homage to the predecessors. As for signature looks, you won’t ever miss it when you come across one on the streets. And if you’re on the driver’s seat, you’ll know you’re driving something special. The exterior of the cars have their own striking expression with the unique wheels, sporty character, and a 2-door (208 GTi and Fiesta ST) derivative. The Polo GTi has four doors for practicality purposes. Boot spaces for the hot hatches are just enough, when compared to the regular models.
Hot hatches are renowned for performance and to a certain degree, the safety aspects. We’ll dwell on the performance factor in a bit. The Polo GTI, 208 GTi and Fiesta ST are all awarded a perfect 5-star Euro NCAP rating, which means safety is of the highest standards.
Performance of the three hot hatches was put to the most stringent test under the hands of Malaysian rally champion Karamjit Singh. Karamjit quickly got familiar with the cars on track as he pounded the track for several trials: 0 – 100 km/h, agility test, fastest lap and braking. The three cars managed to hit the century mark in about 6.8 seconds, with a real-world consumption of nearly 7.5 liters / 100. That works out to nearly 320km on RM50 of RON95 fuel. That’s right; you do not have to spend on expensive RON97 to run these cars. In the corresponding agility, fastest lap and braking tests, the Polo GTi came up tops in the quick gunslinger’s hands of Karamjit. Watch all the action by Karamjit in part 3 of the video series.
In part 2, we’ll explore the running cost of these hot hatches and lack of warranty that might deter ownership experience. myTukar and RH will debunk the running costs of each car and compare them to the running cost of the newer cars, to see if these 2nd hand cars are truly a bargain or a potential financial risk.