Sebastien Ogier believes Volkswagen's Polo WRC already ranks among the cars he has ever driven at Rally Sweden.
The Frenchman, who spent three years with Citroen before joining VW at the end of 2011, dominated the second event of the 2013 championship. He stormed clear on Friday, setting five fastest times in seven stages, and then stayed cool under pressure from Sebastien Loeb to seal a first win for VW's new team.
Ogier said VW's Polo proved so adept that he always had time in hand over his rivals.
"Monte was the best surprise of the beginning of the season. I had a good feeling on the test and to see on the Monte that we had a good rhythm and we were matching Seb [Loeb] was quite good," Ogier explained. "But here it was another start with more gravel settings for the snow. And the car is really good, even better than in Monte – I never had such a good car as here.
"I will never say it was easy, but I could do what I want with the car. [It was the] perfect rally. The feeling is better than I expected to be after just two races with the car; [it] was fantastic. Every time I needed to push a bit more and make a time, I was able to do it.
"Sometimes it was even more difficult to back off and then I lose more time, so I say I will continue to drive fast. In the end, it was the perfect weekend."
Jost Capito, VW's head of motorsport, said the win had surpassed all his hopes.
"I had this great dream, which was to sit here with the guys next year," Capito said. "Nobody could expect this. We expect it even less than people outside. We came here to learn, it's the second rally. This is the fantastic result.
"Normally rallies are up and down, but we had no downs. It was unbelievable."