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Old 31-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #1
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After the longest 12 weeks of my life.....

I may have mentioned it once or twice that I was awaiting delivery of a Mk7.5 Golf GTD.

After the longest 12 weeks of my life (made even longer by the fact I drove the most god awful beige Renault Captur for 9 of those weeks which felt like 90 weeks), at 9:40 this morning, I got called to reception. It was finally here.















A very brief review, as I sent to Cookies earlier, is this:


The drive home was amazing. That Golf really is a complete car. I might be biased having gotten out of the Renault into the Golf but I hit the gym with my cousin tonight and gave him a lift home after.....even he was blown away by it.

It's looks the part. The paint accentuates that. Its fast. Not particularly quick off the mark (even less so if the stop start is on) but the way it picks up its heels and just hauls ass through the mid range is incredible. It gets from 30 to 100 in what feels like a very short space of time (I'll time it one day). Show it a corner and it ravishes it. But then put it in eco mode, which the active cruise in at 70 and it will do 55-60mpg and is a very, very comfortable place to be. The active cruise is amazing when coupled with the DSG box. I set it at 75 and it's nuts. Cruises, takes you all the way down to a standstill and back to 75 if needed and all you need do is steer. It's a bit unnerving but works so well. That's going to be a massive bonus.

And then it's things like the switch gear. It's all solid and particularly well damped. The plastics feel premium. The whole media centre is touch screen and knows when your hand is approaching and add extra menu options...it connects two phones at once (unbelievably handy when you've a work phone and a personal phone). The interior is all led with light strips built into the metal work on the door cards and on the kick strips....it just oozes quality and the fact the designers really took their time with it.

I've only one gripe so far and that's easily fixed. Sport mode leans a little too heavily on the acoustic engineering. It's just a tad too intrusive. However, you can fix that by selecting individual mode, programming all the performance options but turn the engine sound down, I think.

The colour really, really makes this car. I know it's going to be a Marmite option but you need to see one in the flesh, in differing lights. You'll be amazed it's the same car. I absolutely love it and everyone who saw it at work today commented on just how good it looks.

Spec is std GTD Golf. Options I added were keyless entry, heated front screen and extra tints on the rear windows. It's got pretty much everything else I need as std.

Best get busy with a long term project thread!
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