Armed with RM160,000
I have been using a 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTi for the last two
It has been good in terms of performance and credibility but
now the mileage is over 174,000km and I have started to change
wear and tear parts.
I am planning to change to any saloon car or a seven-seater
sports utility vehicle (SUV) with a budget below RM160,000.
Please advise which is most suitable since I do outstation a
That's a very hard car to replace especially when you are
talking about long distance driving and comfort.
Since you are limiting the budget to RM160,000, that leaves
the new GTi out of the list.
Something less powerful but bigger and perhaps more
comfortable than your GTi is the Jetta. It will certainly feel
familiar but I worry that you'll miss the GTi turbo's 2-litre
Stretch the budget a bit to RM170,000 and have a look at the
Peugeot 508 – the turbocharged 1.6 engine plus good looks make
it in the must buy list.
For SUVs, I suggest that you take the diesel route – petrol
would be too heavy for the pocket in the long run.
First up should be the Hyundai Santa Fe Theta, which is
slightly below your set budge and comes with a 2.4 turbo diesel
engine which gives you a lot of grunt and lots of mileage in
But if you want something a bit more manly, then look out for
the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport – it's not only frugal but tough too
with offroad capability.