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DoneDeal of the Week: This Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack is the definitive hot hatch

Want more power? We’ve got the SEAT Leon Cupra 290 for you too.

LOOKING FOR A fully loaded three-door hot hatch that looks as sporty as it drives? Then this 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack for €24,950 could be the car for you.

With the Performance Pack you get larger vented disc brakes, an extra 10hp and a traction-boosting torque-sensing limited-slip differential. The slip diff is electronically controlled, the same as a Ferrari 458, which means up to 100 per cent of the torque can be sent to an individual front wheel.

The slip diff will be most noticeable if you take the car out on the track, but will also be appreciated in rainy or other slippery conditions.

Source: Dunshaughlin Motor Company

This three-door model features alloy wheels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and xenon lights. For your convenience there are electric windows and mirrors, air con, climate control, CD player, sunroof, rain sensors, light sensors, Bluetooth, hill holder, sports suspension and cruise control.

Source: Dunshaughlin Motor Company

The cabin gets sports seats covered in a plaid cloth material, a central armrest, electronic handbrake, split-folding rear seats and a multifunction steering wheel. Safety features include ABS, multiple airbags, immobiliser, traction control, remote central locking and ISOFIX anchor points.

Source: Dunshaughlin Motor Company

SEAT Leon Cupra 290

Want something with more ponies to play with? The this 2016 SEAT Leon Cupra 290 for €37,675 could be the car for you.

Source: Rochford Motors

The SEAT Leon Cupra 290 doesn’t exactly shout its sporty credentials, it is more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing – underneath the bonnet lives a rapid 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol that makes 290hp and has a top speed of 250km/h. But apart from being a fun hot hatch it is also very practical with a boot capacity of 380 to 1,210 litres and good head and leg room for all occupants.

Source: Rochford Motors

This particular five-door model comes with alloy wheels, xenon lights, fog lamps, rear spoiler and privacy glass.

The cabin gets leather sports seats, central armrest and a multifunction steering wheel. For your convenience, there is electronic windows and mirrors, air conditioning, CD player, cruise control, rain and light sensors, parking sensors, Bluetooth, and sports suspension.

Safety features include ABS, an immobiliser, EBD, traction control, multiple air bags, side impact protection and remote central locking,

Source: Rochford Motors

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