Originally Posted by Levi
But they always lack AWD compared to VW and Audi.
Personally I don't think a hot hatch requires AWD, in many cases the car gets a bit boring, as weight is added and more predictable handling (plus usually quite a price hike), something not bad in a car, but a hot hatch with lift off over steer capabilities can be quite fun. Most people find a Golf GTI more fun than a Golf R; And many hot hatchbacks show that FWD can cope with near 300hp nowadays.
That s aid, you can have the Leon Cupra as AWD if you buy the estate version, and the polo GTI is FWD only too, so choosing an Ibiza doesn't make you miss out on a feature that the VW has; And ultimately VAG will want to keep the best for Audi, as it is where they can charge the highest margin.