There is just something special about driving out and away from town.
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the Art Journey with Volkswagen media drive. An adventure set to explore art with a range of Volkswagen cars. During the trip, we got to create our very own masterpiece, and get behind the wheel of several Volkswagen models to polish up our basic safety driving and maintenance tips.
We were separated to a few groups, two drivers to a group where we’d take turns at the wheel. Being a first-time attendee to a Volkswagen drive, I did not have a clue on what to expect. However, much to my delight, Volkswagen went all out with a Friday packed with premium services and unforgettable experiences that the brand is often associated with.
Our journey started at Naj & Belle, a cafe event space within the PAM Building in Bangsar that serves amazing western food as well as desserts that’s guaranteed to make you swoon. We were then introduced to the main stars of the event, our rides – which includes the Vento Highline, Passat Comfortline, Tiguan Highline, Beetle Sport, as well as the Golf R-Line.
Our first car of the day, the sophisticated Passat breezed through both morning city traffic and the bumpy state roads towards Genting Highlands. Smart, intelligent and capable, the Passat is made for sophisticated drivers who delight in innovative technology. The Passat offers outstanding levels of refinement, elegance and innovation.
We later had the chance to take the Tiguan Highline for a ride as well. Driving down the curvy roads of Genting, we were delighted to find out that the Tiguan Highline is a fun-to-drive, sporty, spacious, comfortable and solidly-built SUV. Incredibly powerful yet undeniably smooth, the Tiguan was such a pleasant drive that we have forgotten the fact that we were driving a 1.4-litre TSI powered SUV.
In addition to cruising down the highway, we also took turns to run the Golf R-Line and the Vento through a variety of challenges. Whether it’s maneuvering through cones to evasive lane change braking, polishing basic driving techniques to a session dedicated in focusing the importance of changing a flat tire. Volkswagen was determined in keeping us busy.
A compact car that manages to retain the classic Volkswagen design without feeling outdated, the Golf’s suspension and handling proved to us that comfort and looks can go hand-in-hand. With its turbocharged engine, this speed monster can cruise on the highway with little to no effort at all.
Finally, the Volkswagen convoy headed back to KL, giving me the opportunity to drive the Beetle. Ever since its debut, the Beetle has stood out with unique design, so you can imagine my excitement when I got to take it for a spin. However, despite its iconic status, Volkswagen has announced that the iconic bug will be discontinued in mid-2019. “The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” Volkswagen CEO, Hinrich J. Woebcken, said in a statement announcing to move.