To turbo or not to turbo- that is the question
Hey everyone, it's been a long time coming but I'm finally ready to get a new car. I've decided that I've had enough of my Mitsubishi Lancer as good as it's been and would like something new. I turned 20 earlier this year and with graduation being just around the corner I thought it was a good time for me to get a new car.
One of the biggest things for me to consider is whether to get a turbocharged car or an NA! That and whether to get a manual or automatic. Here are the options I've shortlisted so far, let me know what you think!
1- Volkswagen Golf GTI MK6 (2009-2012)
As a longtime petrolhead, you can't overlook the Golf GTI when hunting for your next car so it naturally was my first option. Fitted with VW's state of the art DSG gearbox along with that now famous 2.0L TSI engine. It's a classic hot hatch that has stood the test of time. Practical and fun when you need it to be while carrying itself in a classy fashion. The GTI is the kind of car that you'd be happy to drive even if you had a family which I don't but still, it's not acclaimed for nothing! With prices of good examples being around £ 9,000 (18k NZD), the Mark 6 GTI makes a very good case for itself.
2- Ford Fiesta ST MK7 (2014)
This generation of the Fiesta ST has been lauded by car journalists as one of the best hot hatches ever. It is supposed to be incredibly fun to drive along with being affordable of course. Though this car is notoriously rare in New Zealand! That and the city I live in is notorious for heavy traffic and hills, two things that makes driving a manual a little less pleasant for a novice manual driver like me. The Fiesta ST is an attention grabbing car right from the exhaust note to the body kit, that and the price of around £ 8,000 (16k NZD) makes it a very attractive buy.
3- Audi S3 8P (2010)
Using an adaptation of VW's 2.0L turbo engine except that the Audi puts out 265bhp compared to the VW's 207. The Audi had to be part of this list because of its road presence and brand image make it a very attractive buy. Apart from that, it doesn't have all that much going for it. It is the oldest of the turbo cars here and the steering has been known to be a little light on feedback. It is also the most expensive car here, selling for around £ 11,000 Pounds!
1- Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 (2009)
The oldest car here, the Jaguar XF, the Jag is renowned for its ride comfort and materials. I've been a big fan of Jaguar ever since driving their range earlier this year, they make great cars which offer both luxury and driving dynamics. Traditionally, reliability hasn't been a strong point with Jaguar and this XF seems to be going down the same track with used cars being a mixed bag. Some owners reported no problems at all while some had all the electrics fail on them. Who knows how this might turnout but it was at least worth considering and with the good examples going at £7,000 making it impossible to overlook the XF.
2- Audi A4 3.2 V6 (2010)
This generation of the Audi A4 has been my favourite of all time. Naturally then, it needed to make the list in some way, shape or form. It was a toss up initially between the 1.8T or the 3.2 but since I already had a turbocharged Audi on the list, I figured I'd got with an NA option as well. So here it is! In the form of the 3.2L V6 option, the A4 offers a Haldex Quattro system along with that sweet engine of course. I do love V6s and this Audi is no different, it has a great exhaust note and the handling to match. Plus, it's superior build quality and attractive price of £7,500 make it a very appealing prospect.
3- Holden Commodore Evoke VF (2013)
I'm a proud New Zealander and living in a country that is famous for its bogans meant that a Commodore had to make the list. It was either this or a Falcon and having driven both, I'd have to pick the Commodore over the Ford. The Evoke has a sparkling 3.0L V6 that makes an amazing note when pushed hard. Rear wheel drive means that you will really enjoy your cornering. My only bugbear with the Commodore is the image, these cars are mostly driven by drunk hooligans with tattoos and mullets. I am neither of the above so that's where the biggest conflict occurs with the Evoke. The other drivers of the Evoke also include the local rozzers and I have seen a few ex-police cars come up for sale! With prices being around £11,500 meaning that the Commodore is at the very top of my budget but hey, buying a car is a choice made by the heart!
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Words by Matthew D'souza, all body pictures sourced from NetCarShow.com