the deisel ones of these have renault engines, and renault gearboxes, are built in a renault factory, in hungary.
most of the petrol ones are made in finland, only the AMG ones are made in germany.
one of the daft draffies at work has one, 350 bhp(or something equally stupid) out of a 2 litre 4 cylinder engine. its the tackiest pile of wank i've seen in a very long time.
i wouldn't want one given......
Is the auto gearboxes Renault? It has a 7 speed unit in it - I think a dual clutch unit (DCT). Certainly feels like a dual clutch unit like a DSG.
Interestingly it does a lot of similar things to my TTs DSG that has 110k more on the clock. Like when coming to a stop, you feel a slight thunk through the pedals. Also it's a bit slow when going drive to reverse. Letting go of the brake and pushing the accelerator doesn't lurch as much as the TT does but it still does it - probably as it has half the horses to do such a thing.
My biggest annoyance with it is the stop+start. I love stop+start but this is useless. When stationary, the engine stops immediately. So if you're parking and reversing in (I almost always do), engine stops, engage reverse and the engine splutters into life again. The worst is coming to a blind roundabout or give way junction. You pull up, unable to completely clearly see, so prepare to stop. Get to the junction, stop, engine stops. You see it's clear and go off again ... except you need to wait a second or two for the clatterbox to spring back into life again.
Oldies: 1972 Austin 1100 2dr - Project Rust bucket, 1974 MGB GT - A stereotypical classic car.
Moderns: 2008 Audi TT - Utterly boring but very compentent, 2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying.