Car thread, sorry: MkVI GTI verdicts or what else?
Fantastic cars. Just buy one.
I own the cheapo alternative a Leon FR, I wish i’d went for the Golf though. Mechanically they are pretty much identical but the Golf is a much nicer place to be.
Go for the manual. DSG is good but for fun on the way to the trails you can’t beat a manual.
The MkVI also benefits from the updated 2.0L Turbo engine which has a little bit more power but is also a lot better on fuel. High 30’s mpg is pretty good for 207hp in a petrol engine.Posted 5 years ago
I’m looking for something that’s good on the motorway but also suitable for fun Sunday blasts and Welsh roads etc.
GTI seems like my only option. My wife calls them ‘little boys’ toys’, which I can understand, but I’m stumped thinking of alternatives – any suggestions?Posted 5 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
Another to look at is a Scirroco, especially if you were going to go for the 2 door Gti
I have just given a 2.0 tsi petrol one back to the leasing company after 3 or so years and 70k miles.
I previously had a mkv gti and enjoyed the handling of the scirocco more and also thought it seemed a little lighter on its feet!
Had to go for the diesel 3 series now as 20k miles a year costs a lot @ 35 mpg!
CheersPosted 5 years ago
Al.The Flying OxMember
What’s the budget? I’m guessing around the £7k-£8k mark given the mkvi GTi. Not too much in that price range that’s similar, but depends what you’re after and how old you’re prepared to go.
There are a few extremely good EP3 Civic Type Rs and loads of FN2 ones around in that price bracket.Posted 5 years ago
Infiniti G35? Although this might be a bit heavy on the fuel
Ford Racing Puma?
You can find decent enough Boxster 986s at that price too.
If only! Mk6 is still some way above that.
FN2: took one out, gave me a headache – too much firmness for a man my age.Posted 5 years ago
Megane: each time I sit in a Renault (Clio Cup + Megane), something falls off.
Boxster – no, but my budget almost puts me in Cayman hunting territory. It’s just the fuel and general upkeep. Also, there’s nowhere for the dog and/or bike, so it would spend most weekends on the drive, defeating the purpose (unfortunately).GJPMember
Audi A3 2.0T FSI Quattro would be my choice over the GTI, so long as you are happy with the higher fuel consumption. Never a big fan of the MkV, I thought the quality feel took a turn for the worse, over a Mk4.
My audi was quite a bit cheaper to insure than the Golf GTI despite costing more, higher spec etc etc.Posted 5 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Im currently chasing a mkIV V6 4motion, slow, bad handling but glorious
Handling is massively improved by adding the MKIV R32 ARBs. I changed the springs and dampers on mine as well to lower it a bit, made a big difference, but the single biggest improvement is the ARBs.Posted 5 years ago
BMW 330i m sport? Proper wheel drive 270bhp. Have over 40mpg in mine
Yes, I have been wondering about a 3-series of some sort. Or possibly one of those 135i Coupé things – which apparently have a great engine. (But which look a bit wonky.)
Never had a BMW though. Not sure.
On the other hand, finding a decent GTI, even at 2-3 years old, is proving tricky. Looked at three now and last night’s was really ratty – smoked in, paint chipped front and back, etc. All cosmetic stuff I suppose but at this price and age I want something that feels like new.Posted 5 years ago
I recently worked with an idiot manager who ruined my life for nearly a year, and he loved Alfas and had a picture of a Giulietta as his wallpaper. So that rules out all Alfas for ever more. (Just like the idiot dentist I did some work for once put me off all modern-era Astons. Victor Gauntlett cars would obviously still be acceptable.)
Also, Giuliettas are ladies’ cars, aren’t they? 😉Posted 5 years ago
Never a big fan of the MkV, I thought the quality feel took a turn for the worse, over a Mk4
IMHO MkV GTi is a really nice car. Was disappointed when the MkVI came out TBH, but it has grown on me. Traditional wisdom says that MkIII and Mk IV were the let downs in the series…
Owned a MkV GTi, very, very nice car. Suitable for pretty much anything. Not too posh for the supermarket / school run, wouldn’t look out of place in the car park of a swish country house hotel. Polished, accomplished, refined.
Only “problem”, was that the “fun” part of the tacho was almost always above the legal speed limit.
That’s were our current Abarth 500 trumps the Golf time and time again. It is an absolute hoot to drive at any speed.Posted 5 years ago
Nobody mentioned it. Megane Renaultsport. You’ll get a newer car, better performance and handling but worse residuals/image. It’s a car I always think I’d like to own, but I just head round the M25 in the car these days so it’s a diesel estate…..if I live’d near the in-laws in the breacons….Posted 5 years agoKevaMember
Handling is massively improved by adding the MKIV R32 ARBs. I changed the springs and dampers on mine as well to lower it a bit, made a big difference, but the single biggest improvement is the ARBs.
Footflaps, where did you get that work carried out, I’m thinking of doing the same to mine?Posted 5 years agooxnopMember
I had the GTI for 9 months (before it got stolen) and have had a few cars since which were supposed to be sensible and good on fuel but ended up being deathly boring i.e. didn’t keep any for longer than 9 mts. Mine had DSG which was fantastic, really cant think of anything that comes close for the price.
I decided to buy a 2010 S3 which I thought would feel as quick but with extra sure-footedness of 4 wheel drive (pedant mode Haldex pedant mode off). It was lovely but just felt boring and not what I was after. In the showroom was a Factory Works Clubman and once i’d took it out for a drive I knew it was exactly what I was after. 211BHP, eLSD, Brembo 4 pots, adjustable suspension and with a burble a Golf cant get close to (maybe a R32 with non resonated exhaust). You get my point…….
Feels faster than my GTI, handles as well but its trump card is that its returning 36.5 mpg whereas the Golf didn’t return above 30 mpg when doing my daily drive.
Sure they are expensive but for me it ticked all the boxes.
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