Fabia Monte Carlo 1.2 TSI 86
This was my first new(ish) car and I had it almost 18 months, no TCS and a bit sparse on equipment. It was surprisingly decent to drive if a bit vague (standard VAG cars i guess.)
It actually drove a lot like a diesel with the power stopping at 5k despite a redline of 6. The 5 speed gearbox was snappy and the car was impressive in poor conditions too.
Good audio & better built than an Ibiza I miss it a little!
Average MPG: 45