GLI or any GLI owner will never boast about its performance because, as you correctly said, it is a 1300cc car. It is neither underpowered nor overpowered. It is adequately powered considering it is a 1300cc car. A GLI owner does not expects the car to beat Altis or Civic in drags or on highways. All such GLI owners are content with their rides.
I have clocked 16km/ltr with A/C on motorway with 2 people in the car. However mileage figures are redundant since we are debating whether GLI is underpowered or not
1.6 (dual vvti) if launched may have better power and consumption but that once again isn't relevant to the debate whether the current GLI is underpowered or not. This whole thread is based on an assumption that the dual vvti is being launched while there is a strong case against it being launched. Do you think that 90% of corolla buyers know or care about engine specs? NO.
Actually no. In RYK, I saw at least 100 GLIs, and not a single one of them converted into Altis. Here in lahore, hardly 5% are converted into Altis which can be confirmed from Toyota dealerships. Btw doesn't this statement of your goes against your stand that City is better than GLI ?
Also let me tell you that people in smaller urban cities or rural areas are more touchy about engine power than you might be lead to believe. Highway races are abundant and even within city, people take pride in the fact that their car is fastest in the area. I partially agree with your point that GLI has other features too on top of City, which contribute towards its higher sales, but trust me, if it was underpowered, the sales would have been much lower.
Agreed but once again my point above applies
I have said above that even though all points people mention in favor of GLI are correct, if it was underpowered, sales would have been much lower than people here tend to believe. Bulk of GLI owners (in smaller cities and rural areas) are more touchy about performance than us living ir big cities because they regularly travel on highways (where power is needed) and because youngsters in such areas drive rashly (they dont have speed cameras/police etc)
As far as 07 GLI being better than '10 GLI, this couldn't be more farther from the truth. I own both cars NOW, and I invite you to see and test BOTH OF THEM simultaneously. the '10 GLI is much better in ALL aspects. To sweeten up the competition, my 07 GLI has 15" rims and SP Sport 9000 tires while 10" GLI has Eurostar tires but still '10 GLI is much better in performance and braking. The looks, interior, exterior and overall feel of the '10 is also much much better