Re the real world performance of the 1.9; I was driving on the A43 between the M1 and the M40 today, not much traffic around and decided to give my beloved an "Italian tune-up" and have a little fun as well.
I flicked her through the first roundabout and floored the throttle, did the same at the next one, this time I happened to overtake an A4 2.0 and a Merc C220, both nearly new. Apparently their drivers didn't like being overtaken as they both eventually caught up with me (I eased off once I was well into illegal speeds) and overtook me.
Next roundabout I caught up with them, floored the throttle again and left them both standing. Again once I backed off, they both caught up and overtook me.
Believe it or not, this happened twice more, the last roundabout exit being up a decent hill, and again I left them both far behind.
Mine's an unmapped 1.9 SW with nearly 60k and today had about 100kg in the boot.
Made my day!
La Dodgy Vita