Sorry to be honest I didn't read all of the posts.
We'll the great engine is built in the UK! :-)
Don't blame you, there's about 50 odd posts anyway. I think people are saying that perhaps the overall 'build' quality might be there, even if it perhaps doesn't directly reflect the price tag, regardless of 0-60 times, top speed, etc etc..
I've got to say, I had a friend back in the day (well...2005/2006) who had a 1993 golf and that thing wiped the floor with most of our cars - fiesta's, renaults etc. I just think that VW (only 1 car out of a bunch, there's still mention of Audi's etc) has been 'better' for longer, so it's natural that their cars are perhaps considered (or are) better... I think the gap is a lot less than it used to be, but it's still slightly there.
I mentioned previously that Fords are probably the more 'common' cars, mondeo was the travelling salesmans car, almost everyone had a fiesta to start with when they passed their test etc etc and therefore carry a bit of a stigma around with them, not unlike how Skoda's do... I was talking to a friend who is connected with the local police force, he said that they're getting rid of all their Skoda's soon and replacing them with a fleet of BMW's because it's actually CHEAPER! - I know we're talking fleets etc here, but when would anyone expect a Skoda to be carrying a bigger price tag than a BMW?
.....maybe it's that bit extra for working indicators