2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 turbo from North America
Awesome all round car
My blue tooth module died after 6 months. The dealership covered it under warranty with no hassle whatsoever.
Why it did not gets 10s (and yes these are obvious and clearly known before I got the car).
Performance: I test drove a Mazda Speed3, which was an absolute cannon compared to the GTI.
Comfort: I find the interior quite comfortable. Some of my bigger friends find the front seats restrictive (narrow), but others who are the same size don't have a problem. It's also very bumpy compared to my old Civic - but it has to be for performance reasons.
Costs: Premium fuel and synthetic oil - still rather cheap (~$85/ oil change at the dealer - I plan on self maintenance or finding a different mechanic after the warranty is done).
This car is absolutely fantastic. I average ~8.5L/100km (mostly city driving), and it has the right amount of kick for passing on the highway or just putting a smile on your face.
A stage 1 ECU upgrade boosts the power by 33% and costs about $600 (I haven't done it but I plan to), I have also been told it improves fuel economy for regular driving.
There are quite a few easy modifications you can make that only kick in for top level performance, while not changing the car for normal driving.
All in all, it is a great car for daily driving that has a big fun factor - and lots of utility. It's no wonder that it is usually rated among the top hot-hatch/sport compacts available.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2013
16th Feb 2013, 14:37
"It's also very bumpy compared to my old Civic - but it has to be for performance reasons"
Most sporty grade cars use a stiffer suspension to reduce weight transfer and make the car feel "sporty"; this does enhance handling on a racing circuit and other flat roads, but does nothing for day-to-day driving.
As for the ECU upgrade, if you want better gas mileage, I highly suggest to go easier on the gas pedal. Increasing boost would increase wear and tear on your engine, and if anything decrease gas mileage, but it would improve power.