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The sgCarMart family spent two days driving, living and laughing in Malaysia with some of Volkswagen's finest family haulers.

08 Sep 2016

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As journalists, our work requires us to travel a fair bit and we sometimes wish we could bring our family and friends along for the ride. Reason being the scenic road drives we sometimes take, enjoying the cuisines of the various countries we visit and, every once in awhile, going to places not many people even know exist are only worthwhile when our family is with us.

Fried wanton and iced kopi, the breakfast of smiles and champions
Volkswagen Singapore must've read our minds because a short while back, we took a drive up north in an armada of its finest family haulers, and this time around, our loved ones were included!

Even though the drive wasn't to an exotic place like California's beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, or the mesmerising race track-like Transfagarasan in Romania, we had what's important - great cars and wonderful company.

Onward Malaysia

Being a Saturday morning, a light jam at the Tuas Checkpoint was expected. The convoy, which got split up as we made our way past the border, regrouped at the famous Gelang Patah R&R before heading towards our breakfast stop.

En route, we explored Johor's meandering B-roads, which to our amusement, wasn't slowing down even a paunchy Sharan. Clearly, we underestimated the corner-carving potential of this bunch of German family haulers.

The breakfast of champions

Having spent over an hour on the roads, we ended up in Jalan Bunga Raya, Layang-layang, for our long-awaited morning kopi and sumptous wanton meals. Given a choice, we'd love to laze our Saturday morning away downing more cups of aromatic Malaysian coffee but the open roads beckoned and we began our drive to our next location - Restoran Star's in 31, Jalan Sakeh, Taman Utama Satu, Muar.

From Jalan Bunga Raya to Muar, we drove an equal amount on B-Roads and the North-South Highway, experiencing the cars' composure on the Highway's long and fast straights, and taut dynamics on twistier roads. And to our surprise, the 1.4-litre cars on the trip managed to trail the 2.0-litre ones quite easily.

About 135 kilometres and two hours later, the convoy showed up outside Restoran Star's in Muar for some signature Malaysian-Chinese delicacies including sambal long beans and otah, of which, are an absolute must-try if you're a fan of spicy dishes.

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