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Volkswagen Polo GTI 3 Door – Short Drive Review

VW Polo GTiColin Hubbard has been at it again. The man’s insatiable. Here’s his latest excellent review: When I think of a small hot hatch the Clio 200, Fiesta ST, Corsa VXR and 208GTi instantly spring to mind. I find it rather strange that the Polo GTI, little brother to the fabulous Golf GTI, has always lived in its shadow and rarely gets a second look. Previous incarnations were a little tame, fine on paper with engines ranging from a 1.8L 20v turbo to a turbo and supercharged little 1.4L but overall they have lacked sparkle. Continue reading

The Last Days Of The Hot Hatch

Back in the dark, historic days of the Twentieth Century with its Three Day Week, ghastly New Romantics and Cadbury’s Smash, tourists were allowed to roam free around Stonehenge, touch the ancient monument and wonder…
Here, in the blighted present, seekers of history are kept well away from the stone circle (unless they are famous or political or Druids) and are herded through the now ubiquitous visitor’s centre before exiting through the gift shop. Continue reading

The Ultimate SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT is all set to stir up the hot hatch brigade once again with the launch of a new ‘Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack’. Mirroring the exact specification of its creation which became the first front-wheel-drive production car to dip under the magic eight-minute Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time, the pack is set to cost £4,200. Continue reading