Volkswagen Golf GTE 2018

My sixth car (2017-) is a brand new Volkswagen Golf GTE, which marks a significant change in my choice of cars. I wanted electric drive, but with the possibility to run on regular old gas for the occasional long-range trips. I also wanted automatic transmission, being a bit sick of manual gear shifting (since it's just a chore when driving in the city).

Upsides

The upsides are many, and I especially love the electric drive. Despite the electric engine only delivering just north of 100 hp (75 kW), it has plenty of immediately available torque and is hence surprisingly quick and very responsive at lower speeds. Perfect for city driving, which is what I do probably 90% of the time.

Downsides

The downsides? It tends to prefer running on gas in sub-zero (Celsius) temperatures, for no really good reason (because I normally don't even use the heater). Below -10 it will pretty much always run on gas. Also, if the battery pack would ever reach -27 or colder internally, it will refuse to start - as in there's NO WAY to start it - because Volkswagen are paranoid about battery health. Fortunately this has never happened to me (yet).

I shouldn't forget to mention the front wheel drive as well, but I don't miss four wheel drive all that much (and two wheel drive is undisputedly more efficient, conserving battery charge).

Tech specs

Electric engine
AC, 75 kW (101 hp)
Gasoline engine
I4 16V 1.4-liter turbo, 110 kW (148 hp)
Combined system power
152 kW (204 hp), 350 Nm
Battery-only range
50 km advertised, about 35 km in real driving conditions by my estimate.
Gasoline-only range
940 km advertised, about 650 km in real driving conditions by my estimate.
Battery capacity
8.7 kWh (about 7 kWh usable)
Gasoline tank volume
40 liters
Drive
Front wheels
Transmission
6 gear automatic DSG
Weight
1615 kg (including driver and fuel)

Photos

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Subaru WRX STI GT 2015

My fifth car (2014-2017) was a brand new Subaru WRX STI GT. It had the same drive train as the STI Racing I had before, but with much improved looks and a whole bunch of other advantages (such as having no silly rear wing).

The downside? None, really, apart from being a bit of a gas guzzler - but no worse than any of the cars I had before. Well, ok, I shouldn't forget the ridiculous quad-pipe rear exhaust.

Tech specs

Engine
B4 16V 2.5-liter turbo, 224 kW (300 hp), 410 Nm
Drive
All wheels
Transmission
6 gear manual

Photos

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Subaru STI Racing 2013

My fourth car (2013-2014) was a brand new Subaru STI Racing. I was back in the Subaru camp again, because I sorely missed four wheel drive while I had the Focus RS. I wanted to stay in the same 300 hp engine power class though, so the STI Racing was an obvious choice.

The downside? Well... the huge vulgar wing on the trunk and the utterly ridiculous quad-pipe rear exhaust.

Tech specs

Engine
B4 16V 2.5-liter turbo, 224 kW (300 hp), 410 Nm
Drive
All wheels
Transmission
6 gear manual

Photos

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Ford Focus RS 2010

My third car (2010-2013) was a brand new Ford Focus RS. Excellent handling, a nice 305 hp 440 Nm turbo-charged five-cylinder engine, Recaro sport seats, lots of bells & whistles. Looked smaller than the Impreza, but was actually larger, with quite a lot more space.

The downside? Front wheel drive. Yes, it was tremendously better than regular old crappy front wheel drive cars, but both of my previous cars had four wheel drive. In summer conditions: no problem, excellent grip. In winter conditions: not so much, no matter how hard it tried.

Tech specs

Engine
I5 20V 2.5-liter turbo, 227 kW (305 hp), 440 Nm
Drive
Front wheels
Transmission
6 gear manual

Photos

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Subaru Impreza GT 1999

My second car (2004-2010) was a Subaru Impreza GT 1999, a pretty powerful little chunk of metal with all-wheel drive and a turbo-charged four cylinder boxer engine which purred like an old Porsche. It had a stainless exhaust system with a race catalyzer, 3" all the way from the turbo, and a bunch of other bits and bobs I installed during the years.

Tech specs

Engine
B4 16V 2.0-liter turbo, 163 kW (218 hp)
Drive
All wheels
Transmission
5 gear manual
Weight
1330 kg (with driver and fuel)

Photos

Photo of Subaru Impreza GT 1999

Mitsubishi Galant Dynamic-4 1993

My first car (2002-2004) was a Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD. It had sweet 4WD for winter driving, was nice & spacey and had a spicy purring V6 engine. Here are some photos and tech specs:

Tech specs

Model
Mitsubishi Galant sedan V6 4WD
Production year
1993
Engine
V6 24V 2.5-liter, 125 kW (170 hp)
Drive
All wheels! Simply rocks, especially in winter conditions!
Transmission
5 gear manual
Weight
1580 kg (with driver and fuel)
Extras
ACC, 4WS (four wheel steering), cruise control, electronic dual-mode suspension (sport and touring), rear windshield wiper, automatic antenna up/down and more.

Photos

Photo #1 of Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD 1993

Photo #2 of Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD 1993

Photo #3 of Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD 1993

Photo #4 of Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD 1993

Photo #5 of Mitsubishi Galant V6 4WD 1993