After originally just going in for a test drive of an Up! GTi (cheeky little devil), it’s been just over two weeks since I picked up my 2nd R, now a 7.5, so time for my initial feedback 🙈
I’ve only ever bought the same car on one occasion before (2 Abarth 500s), but at least they were different colours 😉
So, I have a 5dr Lapiz 7.5R with Active Info/Nav as standard (nice), winter screen (new wire-free style, used once - jury still out), gained the extra 10hp and DSG cog, but I’ve lost the keyless and HBA (this was a stock car for quick delivery). Gone are the underseat cubby-boxes (meh) and the glove box lock (also meh).
On picking up the car in the showroom, it was easy to see the bonnet was covered in micro swirls/scratches (not helped by the LED lights directly above the car) what I hoped wouldn’t happen. I stayed calm on the exterior (sad/frustrated on the inside) and the Salesman was great about it. A few days later the car was dropped at the dealer for them to return the car to my preferred state. This they did, so I was happy to see all was well.
I had it in race most of the time for the first week - pick-up seems a little jerky and the soundaktor is droning. On the motorway today, I drove in Individual (average speed cameras) and I find 7th is very highly geared, so I find myself dropping to 6th manually.
- it feels more tight and smoother than my 7R
- the all black cloth interior is classier
- I love the new rear lights, but not sure about the new LED fronts (fussy)
- new front bumper is better in some parts (ACC hidden), but not so nice in others (I liked the original oil cooler vents)
- active dash is a nice addition - lifts the interior
but I’m not yet convinced by the 7sp DSG. What’s it going to take ?