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GINTELL Hi5 Rental Plan & DéWise Wisdomantic Massage Chair

GINTELL is known as a leading brand in massage chairs with Simon Yam as their ambassador they have a good reputation, with that though comes the price which scares a lot of people away from even considering the investment.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

So what GINTELL has come out with is a much more affordable way to have a luxury item in your own home that provides you with relaxation and some health benefits.

The GINTELL Hi5 Rental Plan requires no credit card like regular instalment plans and aims to allow anyone to bring home a top quality GINTELL massage chair.

Why buy when you can rent?

The 5 main highlights for the Rental Plan are:

  • Guaranteed Service – 3 Year Warranty
  • Guaranteed Maintenance – Free maintenance throughout the contract
  • Guaranteed Renewal – All risk insurance coverage including flood, fire etc
  • Guaranteed Upgrade – Flexible upgrade plan
  • Guaranteed Value for Health – Muscle relaxation, posture aid, improves circulation etc

Gintell Hi5 Rental Plan

The chairs are great too, I tried out the DéWise Wisdomantic Massage Chair which has a ‘Simon’ program designed around Simon Yams’ favourite settings.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

It comes with this great 2-layer remote control and is extremely customisable including positioning, pressure, massage type and so on.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

The massage is really good and especially important for those of us who use the computer all day as a chair like the DéWise Wisdomantic can actually help correct postural issues. With everyone looking down at their smartphones all day, this becomes even more important.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

It’s really relaxing, apart from the when the 3D Acupressure Rollers are giving you a pounding, the chair senses your body position and actually works on the acupuncture points to release tension in your shoulders and back and it really works.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

There are a whole variety of programs including a Thai Stretch, some gentler programs and a specialised Chiropractic program. It goes really quite flat too which makes it very comfortable. It also works your hips and spine alignment which is nice especially with the heating pads on.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

Liam wanted to have a go too but unfortunately, he’s a bit too young as it’s quite a powerful massage so the youngest recommended age for this type of chair is 15-16 years old.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

It has some nifty techie features too like built-in Bluetooth and speakers + you can opt not to use the remote and use a smartphone app to control the chair instead and play your music through the speakers.

There’s also a massage program which will massage you in time with whatever music you are playing through the chair – that’s really cool!

The speaker area also has a negative ioniser built in to combat all the positive ions that our gadgets and electrical devices emit in our homes.

Gintell GT9008 DéWise Wisdomatic Massage Chair

For the Hi5 Rental Plan, the cheapest rental is the GINTELL DéVano S GT9001 FUNtastic Sofa you can see Liam enjoying here which starts at RM88 per month.

Gintell GT9001 DéVano S FUNtastic Sofa

If you sign up now there will exclusive free gifts (limited amount available, so hurry!).

Head to GINTELL website to find out more https://bit.ly/2wt9mxg

Or visit one of their outlets, the 1-Utama outlet is super convenient for us as it’s right opposite Isetan which homes all our favourite restaurants.

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1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Introduction

This is my Volkswagen Tiguan Review for the all new 1.4 TSI model released earlier this year, April 2017. I had the car for about 5 days and I did notice it when it was launched as it’s a lot of car for the price so I was happy to get to take it for a spin and explore it in a little more depth.

1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Obviously, I didn’t have the car for a year or more, so I can’t talk about service intervals or reliability, but I will cover whatever can be observed by driving the car full-time for 5 days including a trip up to Genting on the windy Karak highway.

It’s locally assembled in Pekan, hence the attractive pricing.

Specifications

It’s a 4-cylinder 1.4 Litre TSI engine with a DSG 6-speed wet-clutch gearbox with pretty good fuel consumption (8.6L/100 for Urban and 6.7L/100 for combined).

The Comfortline model retails at RM149,578 and the Highline model for RM169,578 – both prices are on the road excluding insurance.

The Comfortline has an 8″ touchscreen display radio, halogen lights, manual seats etc.

The Highline package has the addition of the Active Info Display (AID), which is the rather nifty digital instrument cluster. It also has LED headlights and running lights, 3-zone temperature control, cruise control, keyless access, park assist, rear view camera, power assisted boot and an electric driver’s seat.

Volkswagen Tiguan AID - Active Info Display

Having the map in the instrument cluster is great, a lot less distracting than having it in the middle.

Safety and function wise they are identical other than that.

Exterior

It’s a good looking car with a nice finish, high vantage point and smooth lines.

1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Nice side profile.

1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Nothing to complain about at the rear either.

1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Interior

The interior was surprisingly spacious to me, even though it looks like quite a large car, it feels even bigger inside and has a lovely elevated driving position.

VW Tiguan Interior

It’s well specced with dual-zone climate control in the front and a separately adjustable panel for rear passengers.

VW Tiguan Interior

The large bright 8″ stereo screen was easy to use and fairly intuitive, I managed to pair my OnePlus 3 easily and play music through Spotify without any hassles.

VW Tiguan Interior

The sound quality was great.

Performance/Drive

It was pretty nippy for a small car with 0-100km/h coming in a very respectable 8.7 seconds, for a small engine and a fairly large car it feels very responsive. The power comes low down in the RPM range.The bonnet also feels very short which makes it very manoeuvrable and the turning circle is very small.

VW Tiguan Steering Wheel

There’s paddle shifters for when it’s in Sports mode and the gearbox is both very smooth and very responsive, it doesn’t engine brake too well but that’s probably due to the size of the engine.

I would also say if you’re prone to be overtaking at 140km/h (on a private road obviously) you aren’t going to find much acceleration here.

Other than that, the car is smooth, stable, corners well, accelerates well (at legal speeds) and is overall a pleasure to drive.

Safety

Safety wise this car gets top marks, it’s seriously kitted out in terms of safety and in my books, that’s more important than creature comforts.

It has:

  • ISOFIX points for all rear seats
  • Top tether anchor for all rear seats
  • Curtain airbags front and back
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Dual front airbags with passenger airbag deactivation available
  • Dual front side airbags
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • 3-point rear seat belts for all seats
  • Hill-hold

As a very safety oriented parent, the ISOFIX points are a big plus for me, especially with this design that actually puts them on the outside so you can easily see them rather than most cars with have them tucked deep inside the upholstery.

VW Tiguan ISOFIX

ISOFIX points make fitting a child-seat tightly and securely much easier than using a seatbelt, the car also has a top tether anchor for all 3 rear seats meaning when your child-seat is front facing you can strap it to the back of the seat to stop it rocking forwards in the case of an impact.

VW Tiguan with Carseat

I was able to fit Liam’s car-seat in the front facing position extremely securely.

Conclusion

Overall I think it’s a great car, especially the kit you get in the Highline model for less than RM170,000 – that’s a whole lot of car for the price. Of course, it’s not perfect and there are pros and cons, but I’d say it’s very definitely heavy on the pros side – a very family friendly, comfortable car.

1.4 TSI Volkswagen Tiguan Review in Malaysia

Pros

  • High spec
  • The Active Info Display is great
  • Responsive
  • Good handling
  • Premium feeling interior
  • Good fuel economy (if you don’t have a lead foot)
  • Spacious
  • Well equipped
  • Safety equipment is virtually unbeatable
  • Road tax is cheap too at only RM70 as it’s a large car with a relatively small engine.
  • 5 Years manufacturers warranty & 5 Years roadside assistance

Cons

  • Can be a little raspy at high speed
  • Passenger seat is manual not electric

Not much in terms of downsides really, and there have to be some trade-offs to keep the price down.

That’s all, thanks for reading. Find out more on www.volkswagen.com.my and watch out for an extended video review on my VLOG sometime in the future.

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