Ok I admit if it was a GTI I would not dare challenge it is a 2L car.
As for the 1.4 will probably struggle for quite a heavy car. The Altis has Intelligent Dual Variable Valve timing on both input and exhaust valves. Correct me if I'm wrong the GOLF 1.4 does not have variable valve timing.
I know that the 1.4 golf has some kind of turbo, but that is very old technology that has been around for many years. Haven't you heard of the saying "There is no replacement for displacement?" That's why gov tax higher cc cars. Makes sense right?
And don't even get me started about the 7 speed CVT gearbox.
Its interesting that you decided to quote the phrase "There is no replacement for displacement". I reckoned that phrase was probably coined 20 year ago?
Notice that current formula 1 car are running on 2.4 liter instead of 3.0 liter a couple of years ago. Notice also that the track times for the 2.4 liter cars are no slower then the 3.0 liter cars. Interesting isn't it?
I love facts, here are some for you.
VW Golf 1.4 TSI
BHP - 160
Torque - 240 Nm from 1500 rpm - 4500 rpm
Kerb Weight - 1361
Toyota Altis 2.0
BHP - 147
Torque - 187 @ 3600 rpm
Kerb Weight - 1315
Both facts figures were obtain from their respective manufacture's website (local version)
Guess which of the two listed above have won world car of the year and world engine of the year?
Oh... don't even get started on "That's why gov tax higher cc cars. Makes sense right?"
Since when does govt... any govt. tax make sense??? Does the proposed GST make sense?
Sales and excise tax for cars to protect local car manufacture make sense?
Your beloved Altis cost 30% less in Thailand , does that make sense?
Here is my parting phrase, since you seem to like phrases.
It is better to remain silent and thought to be a fool, then speak and leave no doubt.