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Tiger's Wood last won the day on August 14 2015

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  1. I was lucky enough to get a set of used 17" 'Dijon' alloys to use as winter wheels, that work great on the R (ie. They clear the brake discs). Picked them up years back from a German ebay shop that does secondhand rims, during one of the eBay rebate offers so they didn't cost me too much (£440 delivered for the set) and they were in pretty good condition, with only two needing minor refurbs. 17", so a much cheaper and wider choice of Winter tyres plus they are actual official VW Golf wheels so they match the car and I believe are actually recommended as Winter wheels by VW. The
  2. You need to have the car-net option enabled for your Nav (used to be an optional extra that you paid for, also came with some cruddy web connectivity that I never used, think I paid 100 quid at the time) ... don't think it's possible to enable by anyone except a dealer. Also, it wasn't even an option on earlier cars/nav units. I think it came in somewhere around Q2 2016 as I had to check when I was ordering my R that it was available and it just had started to appear. This was when the Disco Nav wasn't even standard - if you have a later car that came with it as standard I wou
  3. Impressive performance but the Mk8 is just not doing it for me. Ugly front end, ugly cabin, too much touchscreen stuff, higher prices. Nice to see a bit of extra BHP and torque and the new rear diff but that is almost the least they could have done. The only thing that would have piqued my interest is a 370bhp 'factory mod' (ie. no warranty and insurance hassles) but doesn't look like that is going to be the case in the UK (a work colleague on the continent reports his VW dealer has said that it will be an option there, and he is going to order one on that basis ... he has previ
  4. MK7 for at least another year, maybe two, then ...... Not sure. I've loved the outstanding performance of the R but maybe time to get something different. Maybe a battery powered car (id3 looks interesting if they give it an AWD version and address the cockpit criticisms, not to mention debugging all their systems ......) but I've been thinking about getting a campervan like a California or Marco Polo next. I don't see myself doing as much day to day motoring and it would be great to have something that I could go for holidays/weekends away in that could double as a daily drive
  5. Yes, I think the Cupra is a better package and has that nice approved ABT power upgrade as an option. The interior isn't really much worse than the awful Mk8 Golf's trim either, judging from reviews (traditionally it's the cabin where the real differences have been between different marques of equivalent VAG cars).
  6. ... Thinking back to the outrage when the original Mk6 R was introduced that a Golf could cost 30k or more 😃
  7. I just use Google Maps and Waze on Android Auto on the R. Far superior to the VW offering, always up to date and the only real drawback being that it doesn't put directions on the DIS which to be honest, I don't miss that much anyway.
  8. Just to follow up on this topic - can anyone explain the need for some sort of 'reset' in the onboard ECU for a new battery? Reason for asking is because I had mine swapped by a local tyre/battery place. They didn't do a 'hot swap' as I could see that the battery had been disconnected when I got it back (trip computer reset). No problem I thought, they're not a VW specialist and I just will ask VW to do it when I get it serviced next. Well, just brought it in today for a rather overpriced official VW dealer oil change/inspection service and mentioned it to them ... Was told that
  9. Still not seen one on the roads but saw a couple today as I was at the dealers getting a service done. A grey one and that mustardy-yellow colour that seems to feature a lot in press shots. I definitely don't think that they look any better in the flesh - just as bad IMO. I did think that if you could maybe do away with the 'eyelash' things that sweep back from the corners of the front headlights it might look better, but seeing the thing close up in reality and the front end just looks bad even without them. It's just too squished down, like it has been pinched. Loo
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    I've been keeping an eye on this and there's finally a pretty in-depth review just out - There seem to have been not a lot of reviews so far, and even fewer that actually include some driving: I have to say, aside from the dodgy 'user interface' and questionable use of hard plastics it looks damn interesting. Apparently there will be a performance 'R' version in the future, probably not for a couple more years though. Definitely something I'd feel more favourable and interested about changing to than a Mk8, especially since the Mk8 seems to share man
  11. This is shaping up to be a repeat of the Mk5-Mk6 situation where the 'new' car was largely just a restyled version of the previous one with cost cutting measures to make it cheaper to build. I've seen absolutely nothing so far that makes me want to get a Mk8 R over my Mk7 so unless they pull something special out of the hat, I won't be considering one for my next car. If anything, the ID.3 looks a lot more interesting. There are supposed to be performance and AWD versions in the works so maybe that's where I would go next if I stay with VW.
  12. Loss of manual handbrake was one thing that I thought I wouldn't like but after owning the R with that uses auto hold (via main brakes) I don't miss the manual handbrake at all and wouldn't go back to one The electric handbrake is only really engaged at ignition off or opening the door when the ignition is still on and that makes sense. The auto hold is much better and handles pretty much all other situations. I did get a few A3/A4 loaners when my old TT was in for service that had electric handbrake and it would wind on/off when stop/starting which was really annoying as it was
  13. Definitely not impressed by the Mk8 .... Will be keeping my Mk7 for a couple more years I think, probably getting it chipped and then going electric for the next car.
  14. I use that odd drop-down cubby-hole thing next to the steering wheel for a small bottle of sanitizer, plastic gloves (swiped from the petrol station pumps just before the hysteria) and some wipes now. It's the first use I've found for it, other than a packet of tissues. Now you mention it I might stow a couple of masks 'just in case' into one of the door pockets.
  15. It looks like there's a lot of space under the seats (and there is, without the drawer) but the drawer installation takes a load of space and the actual storage size is miserable.
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