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Today I grabbed the chance to test drive the new Golf GTI.

Some of you may know I am committed to buying a mini cooper s in about 6 months, however I wanted to try this GTI *just in case*. I was also set to be buying this mini but now I am very confused.

I test drove a blue one and I have to say in the flesh the colour is not bad, however black is my fav. Stepped into the car and was impressed, I find it hard to believe that people complain about this interior, its nice! Perhaps I have poor opinions but I felt at home. After driving the MK4 there the cabin was well spaced out and it seated me well, farmilar controls ? plug and play.

I drove it very cautiously at the start and started to think, wait a min, I am in the GTI at all? - it is ultra smooth, has presence on the road and a very firm footing. Smooth manual gears and decent brakes which you would expect from a car this expensive. To be honest I really thought when driving it does ooze quality and performance that in a way justifies the cost; but only just. I felt like I was driving a Audi but one of the more exciting ones.

A nice touch is the steering wheel, very similar to the R32 version, very natural but with an aggressive stance which makes you eager for more.

I took it on the dual carriage way and gave it some welly, it eats cars! People move out of your way when they see the badge and they look lots! When I drove the mini I was impressed with people looking but the same was true in the Golf or even more so. Took it through some fast round-a-bouts and the power and stability through is first class, the traction does what it is supposed to do and keeps your line but does not take away the power one bit like in the MK4 ? effortless. I did honestly feel like I was driving a sporty car.

Ok, it?s a lot of money; the standard spec is very good indeed and personally I would not need ANY extras at all. I know for a fact I can?t afford the car now, however in the very near future I just may be able to. With various ways of financing it makes it all very attractive.

A fully specced cooper S is the best part of 17-18 K, and in my opinion I am starting to think the GTI is beginning to make me feel it has more to offer.

The MK5 GTI is a logical progression, I am very delighted to have driven it, I just don?t know what do to????????????.. but I do have to wait at least 6 months or so before work related things sort themselves out.

I know realise why some of our forum members are delighted with their purchases???????????..

DRIVE IT!
 

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Good review Oxford.

Tough choice you have there.

I came from a MINI ONE to the mkV Golf. Although the MINI (even the ONE) was a hoot to drive I just couldn't bring myself to get another as mine was a dog which had 10 warranty visits in the time I had it and also rattled intolerably. I'm not trying to put you off as I know that the later ones are much better build than my pretty early example.

I also wanted a bigger car again so decided against another MINI to get the Golf.

I've not really missed the MINI as the Golf is so much more relaxed to drive and still great fun on twisty roads if you want to play, I ain't even got the GTI remember so how good would that be!

I did drive an S for a couple of days when mine was in the garage and it was brilliant fun.
 

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Thanks for all your comments!

Like you say Kenl the mini is a hoot to drive and the S even more so. It really is a little monster. However the GTI is just the beast the S is and VERY similar fuel consumption too, the S EATS fuel.

I am not a small guy, 6ft 3" and I was suprised with the room in the mini however I cant help thinking if I would need the extra space from time to time that I would get with the 3dr GTI.

One thing I must also add is how impressed I was with both the mini and VW sales person. Both did not sell the cars to be, the car did that for them; to me that shows that they have faith in what they are selling and that they really are both excellent drives.

Group 17 insurance would be hard to swallow for the GTI mind... I think the cooper S is 15.

One bonus point is that I would no longer get any snide comments about owning a 2.0 GTI! grrr [;)] hehe

Still, its all good to have these future decisions down the line. I hope that in my line of work a company car could be in the picture in the next few years ; that really would help if I "opted out".

Anyway, its a VERY good car and my faith in VW is once again restored irrelavant to what I decide to buy.

Impressed.

-This would be my 4th VW, only had VWs... Am I dull or what! ? [:)]
 

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Knew you would say that mate! lol [:)]

You were right about it though.

You have to get one!

*Shudders at the thought of what this engine is capapble with some light modding*
 

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Quote: posted by oxford on 13/01/2005 16:06:20

*Shudders at the thought of what this engine is capapble with some light modding*

241 BHP and 237 lbft

http://kane.phpwebhosting.com/~burberry/TEST!/audi2lfsiTurbo.pdf

Well from some rough calcs of my own and now this loverly Performance Calculator: http://www.letstorquebhp.com/calculate.asp

If you Superchips upgrade the GTI 2.0 FSI-T for a bargain 440 squid I think (see Foxy's GB)

You get:

0-62 in 6.1 secs (probably/hopefully sub 6s in DSG [:D])

157-160 mph top speed

(Top speed subject to rev range - I haven't checked, but in THEORY power output allows this jump from 147 standard top speed)
 

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Nice review Oxford,

Ok all I'm going to add is that I know you love the Mini Cooper S and have pretty much set your heart on getting one but go and test drive another one NOW!

When I ordered my Cooper S I had 2 test drives both of them for about 1.5-2 hours and fell in love with it straight away. When I actually collected I was disappointed, now you have the driving impression of the Gti fresh in your mind you'll be able to make a better comparison.

As ever good luck with your choice which ever you go for.

J.
 

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I will second you oxford!! Test drove a grey gti today. Awesome car to drive. Our 2.0 will be up for change in a year and the gti is top of the list. I have seen one with the 18" on. IMO it's a must have option, they are seriously nice rims. Look very prone to kerbing though!! My spec....red, 3 door 18" rims
 

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Married:

- I see your point, I think I will do just that. And then again in 6 months or so when my car is fully paid off and I know more work related things I will test drive them BOTH again. As people have said, not any easy choice! I dont know what I will do with all that extra nippyness in both cars! [:)]

Kent:

- How funny we both drove the cars on the same day! lol I think like you if I do go for the GTI it will be around a years time; perhaps more opportunites of demo versions or possibly second hand. I thought the 17" ones looked perfectly fine to me, and the extra money on tyres would be a killer @ 18" with all that torque! Oh and dont mention kerbing... nailed mind this morning - so gutted [:(] DIY repair job at the weekend!

I was speaking to the sales guys and they are mostly selling black, silver and Red at the moment, and they have mostly sold red so far!
 

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Ahh, so this is what you have been up to!

Nice unbiased review. You have aroused my interest in the new GTi though I cant really afford it... yet!

I have a job interview on Monday, more money etc, who knows I might jump yet though am more likely to wait for a diesel GTi.

As for the wheels, 18"s will cost dearer tyres and 17"s are a good compromise with good handling. Up to you really on that count.

I know you will get a black one!
 

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Hehehe - you got it Scarum, will have to be black.

Go and have a test drive mate, it really is the only way - you have to judge yourself. The guys at Sawston have been pretty decent really they just called me with regards to financing options; does all make it affordable if I knew what I was doing, but I have to wait at least 6 months before. But I told them to contact me with regards to ex demo's etc.

Good luck for the interview on Monday, sock it too em!!! when you have done the interview go and drive the GTI.....

The GTI "D" does sound very interesting indeed 160bhp with the same spec.... Will get your juices going!
 

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Ahhhh, interesting you mention test driving the GTi after the interview, my interview is in Sawston and my motor is getting serviced there while I'm away!
 
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