Hello. Hooniverse’s resident tight-fisted luddite here,
We all talk about model bloat, we all moan about the fact that the Golf GTI has swollen over the years to gargantuan proportions, as if evolving specifically to serve as Pavarotti and Mr Creosote’s daily ride. Unfortunately though, this is never going to change.
With ever more complicated emissions and efficiency equipment becoming mandatory, weight savings have to be made to offset the gravity of all these bits and bobs. That’s a given. But things aren’t helped by the buying public, who insist that their car be equipped with more gadgets than The Sharper Image museum. Worse still all these gew-gaws add more than just mass; they’re murder on the pocketbook.
Read on for a curmudgeons view on what we do and don’t need in today’s cars.