I just don’t think hot hatches are the answer.
The car is great. For those following, I’ve had two warranty issues since purchase, a leaking a/c seal and a water filled headlight. Both minor issues, both resolved by the dealer. Handles great. Comfortable seats, amazing with snow tires. Fuel economy is a bit weak.
It just ain’t fun.
The tubo four makes what I would call “healthy” power, but even if it is enough to really feel fast, I cant tell because the car is geared too short to really enjoy it. It constantly feels like it is tugging at the reigns, and it never feels really relaxed in the power band. 6th gear is 3000 rpm at 80 mph. The 6 speed is totally wasted. With no LSD, I can’t get traction on launching with the stock tires, goodyear eagle f1 summers. Or it bogs due to lag. Also, it’s my daily driver so I can’t really hoon it anyway. FWD just isn’t cutting it. This is my second hot hatch too, having previously owned a cooper s.
As a daily, it is great. But as far as satisfying my itch, it just can’t. I definetly plan on keeping the car, but my intention of being responsible and satisfying my inner oppo has not been met. I can’t recommend it for that reason, and frankly I think I have given up on the whole segment. Would rather have something super economical to eat the mileage and put the money I saved towards something absurd.