WITH LAST MONTH’S theme on practicality, I thought I’d sit out on the standard topCar tests due to lack of rear access points that the other cars in our fleet are endowed with. I could imagine putting a baby seat into the back of my Trophy to be quite difficult, despite the ISOFIX points that come standard. I expect that even if you did manage to coax a child into the rear, the first bump you came across would incapacitate it.
The only practicality issue I’ve had is that the boot loading height is a little high so it makes it a bit awkward lifting heavy things into the boot without scratching the paintwork. Thankfully I have been watching a fair amount of Olympics on TV so when it came to transporting a priceless circa-1950 lawnmower around I had sorted out the perfect clean-and-jerk pick-up motion in order to seamlessly transfer it from floor level to boot. Oh and people sometimes complain that two-door cars have big, heavy doors that are difficult to get out of once you’re in a tight spot. I can see how that could be a problem for some who need large spaces to exit and enter, but I can pretty much fit through a tennis racquet so no problems here.
Despite the RS shape being over a year old, the addition of the sticker kit and black wheels combined with the bright white paint scheme has kept the spectators happy: the Trophy still looks like the hot hatch king that it is. One particular point that I am enjoying on the RS is the exhaust note that barks from the tailpipes when I back off the throttle at about 5000rpm. It’s a great mood lifter and all boy-racer hatches should come with some kind of exhaust bang. If you push the Trophy’s ESP button it engages Sport mode, which increases the throttle response and loosens up the traction control thus letting a little more slip occur before trimming back the power. In this mode, the exhaust gargles the whole time the car is off-throttle: it sounds like a proper racer, raw and purposeful, and simply begs for track days.
ODO READING AT START/NOW | 6534/8364km
DISTANCE COVERED | 1830km
FUEL CONSUMED | 192.33ℓ
AV. FUEL CONSUMPTION | 11.2ℓ/100km
SERVICE INTERVAL | According to OBC
SERVICE COST | Covered by 5-year/100000km service plan
TOTAL FUEL COST | R2166.07
RUNNING COST | R1.26/km