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  1. I use 'S' when approaching roundabouts and most sharp turns too - firstly, to stop the engine auto-stop kicking in should I come to a halt but also because 'D' mode often tries to keep too high a gear (for my liking) when going around a roundabout or doing a left or right hand turn onto a sideroad.
  2. Bloody hell! It was definitely 'only' a hundred quid when I got it, but of course Nav was not standard at the time and I think it was about a 800 quid to get it as an option in the first place. Given how rubbish the Car Net service is (never used mine after spending much effort to get it set up) I'd be pretty peeved to pay that much because they were tacking it on as a requirement to get the Android Auto / Carplay connectivity enabled. Really, it should just be standard with the Nav. Sent from my SGP311 using Tapatalk
  3. Used to be that you had to spec app connect at 100 quid to enable the android or iPhone auto interfaces on the Nav . This was back in mk7 model when Nav itself was an option. The earliest mk7 Navs didn't even have the option for car play or android auto available. Pretty sure since they made Nav standard, that android and iPhone support on the Nav is also standard. Sent from my G8441 using Tapatalk
  4. DId they add camera warnings to Google maps? Excellent! I've been using Waze but I find that Google Maps is the superior navigator - it's particularly good how it shows multiple alternative routes with timing as you drive and it seems to pick more sensible routes to begin with. I've had Waze come up with some completely stupid routes plus been sent into the worst traffic when a much clearer route was available on more than one occasion. Will definitely go with Maps instead of Waze if it does cameras now too.
  5. 328bhp from a Golf R in 2022 isn't really going to cut it when you can get ~350bhp in the Seat version of the current R Estate right now. Given that I'll probably keep my R for another year and that the Mk8 won't have an R version for at least a year (probably more), I think I may well be going Seat for my next car.
  6. Following the Ateca getting a manufacturer-sanctioned ABT option to push power to almost 350bhp, there's now also an ABT tuning option from Seat themselves on the Leon Cupra R Estate. The car itself is essentially their version of the Golf R estate having basically all the same stuff under the hood but in this case, there's a £500 ABT tuning option that takes the car to 345bhp and 295lb/ft of torque. Whatcar Review Cupra R vs RS3 video review The big deal is that since it's offered by Seat as an option, the manufacturers warranty still holds and I would imagine that it shouldn't cause the sorts of insurance headaches that 3rd party maps can bring up either. (Taking a look at it, apart from the useful boost in power I have to say that the leather/Alcantara sports seats look great and are something I'd very much like to see as an option for the Golf R. Not a fan of the expensive Golf Leather seats and the cloth ones are OK but nowhere near as nice as leather/Alcantara. Overall the interior isn't half bad)
  7. This is something I'd love to see offered for the Golf R but VW clearly have a different marketing strategy in mind .... I suspect they think existing R owners are less likely in the future to upgrade to a new model R/performance VW if they offer this. Seat see more benefit in spurring sales of their existing Ateca model by offering an even higher performance option. Such as shame as effectively the power units are the same in the two cars. Aside from the warranty benefits of this particular mod, I'd be willing to bet that it would be easier and cheaper to get insurance cover with the 'official' mod declared than a typical 'unofficial' mod.
  8. 'Slow' takeoff - have you tried launching yet 😜 ? DSG in 'D' mode does indeed try to shift up gears as soon as it can unless you are giving it the beans. This means that around urban areas you can be in sixth by around 37mph. Was exactly the same in my previous TT S-Tronic which had the same 'box. You can use 'S' or manual change mode and take control of changing yourself if you want it to be more urgent, though S is jerky at low speeds and changing manually all the time is a pain IMO. Personally I'm happy enough to leave it in D most of the time and will shift to other modes when I know I'm going to need performance/lower gears.
  9. Don't know why steep depreciation is coming as such a shock to many - given the aggressive PCP and PCH deals to get Mk7 R's out the door after the Mk6 sold relatively poorly because of the high price, it should hardly be a surprise that residuals won't be stellar particularly for base spec models with no extras (because that would have put the monthlies up). I bought new but got a decent enough discount on the car plus put a couple of useful options on (Disco Nav when Nav wasn't standard, with smartphone connectivity and Dynaudio) and plan on keeping the car for at least 5 years, currently approaching 4. You really get hammered for depreciation in the first couple of years and I wouldn't plan for less than 4 years of ownership. No regrets, car still feels almost like new and since I moved to PS4 tyres just seems to drive better and better. My only disappointment is that fuel economy hasn't really improved as the engine has 'worn in'.
  10. Had it the other day when cold - 1-2 shift. However, sometimes I also see it in a 2-3 shift when giving it the beans, even when warm. Seems unpredictable. Another explanation could be the Haldex, maybe wheelspin causing power to be diverted rearwards suddently under wide open throttle and the Haldex not responding smoothly (dirty filter?). Just a theory.
  11. For fuel logging I use FuelLog for Android - completely self contained and wasn't too pricey. Gives a really good range of info and you can transfer the data between phones and even have separate databases for different cars (I've been using it for years and I still have all the data from my previous car on it). As for everything else, I see absolutely no utility whatsoever in logging my journeys and sending the trip info to VW. I do appreciate when I use Waze or Google Maps in Android Auto I am doing the same for Google but they are actually giving me something genuinely useful in return. Google Maps for example is way better than the VW Satnav in almost every way and is constantly updated and usable almost anywhere in the developed World.
  12. IIRC they tried it on a few cars ... only one of them showed any notable performance difference with the higher octane fuel and it was still small.
  13. The real money laundering takes place at the top level of the banks themselves and even if they are caught, they don't face anything more than having to pay back some of the money they made: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/outrageous-hsbc-settlement-proves-the-drug-war-is-a-joke-230696/ ... But it's a great excuse to impose more control on Joe Public, we can't have people doing as they please with their money without the system having a look-in.
  14. These days it's awkward even doing a bank transfer over 10k. The last two times I went to buy a new car I got 'interrogated' by the bank both times. First time was doing a transfer at the counter of the bank where I have an account, to the dealer - got asked why I was wanting to transfer so much money .... to a national chain of car dealers 🙄. Second time was when I was at the dealer a (large franchise again) and using my Bank card to initiate a debit from my current account on their POS terminal - the bank called me on my mobile to ask what was going on and why was I making such a large payment. I can't imagine the hassle you'd get trying to bank a large amount of cash notes these days. Seems like the buyer is trying to shift the onus for doing that onto you. (note: I think it's pretty disgraceful the way that the banks police people transferring and banking their own money but that's the system you have to work around so no point setting yourself up for banking pain by taking tens of grand of cash).
  15. Best is when you are behind a diesel and you see a huge sooty puff of black smoke as the person in front mashes the pedal to the floor in an effort to not get passed. A combination of 300bhp, AWD and instant DSG shifts usually teaches them better. I really enjoy being able to plant the right foot and get instant bite even in less than perfect conditions, with the Haldex. Makes exiting T-junctions so much more nicer/ safer and great fun booting it off large roundabouts.
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