Yes, I'm in the ACT. I plan to keep it stock performance wise. For pure aural pleasure I may consider a different muffler with 200 style chrome exhaust tips for looks. I am getting the stereo sorted too with a Kenwood HU, Polk splits, Kenwood 4 Ch amp (already got), and a 10" JL sub (already got) and the CANBUS adaptor. I'm curious about Megane 18" wheels as well but I like the stock 17s so I think it would be a waste of cash.
The Polo needed $$ spent to get it anywhere near the overall car the 197 is. I think stock there is no comparison when it comes to handling. The Polo is quick (the stats lie) but the way it takes corners is not pretty, grip was an issue. Grip is not an issue at all in the 197 and that's the part that makes me smile. It seems to defy physics!!
I think though if I had a budget of $30k and I was looking for a new hatchback, nothing comes close to the Polo for value. The Clio was a bit much at $40k which is what it was at the time I bought the Polo. The $10k difference could easily be spent on the Polo to make it a closer match but I find I'd rather spend my dollars on something else. I still really like the Polo (my GF has it now so still in the family) but for different reasons. It's a laugh to drive in a straight line and is a much easier car to drive in traffic. The Clio really makes me want to flog it everywhere I go, even if it's 100 metres between lights or around a roundabout, I can't help myself.
I should do a search on this Polo v Clio argument. I'm surprised it even was an argument.
Thanks for the welcomes, yes I was all over aussiefrogs when I had the GTi180 but it seems new Renaults are not talked about much there, this is why I came here.