Volkswagen has announced the latest edition of, arguably, their most popular car. This latest edition of the Golf GTI has had a series of small, but important, upgrades from its predecessor.
Originally launched in 1975, the Golf GTI is fanatically popular, with older models in high demand. It depreciates slower than a lot of other models as well, especially those in the hatchback range. It makes sense then that Volkswagen would continue to release new models of their flagship hot hatchback.
In terms of power, the new Golf GTI hasn’t changed that much. With a 2.0 litre engine, producing 227bhp, it’s not going to be pushing the barriers in the hot hatchback market. An optional extra package adds an extra 15bhp as well as some other additional features, which could separate it from some other hatchbacks on the market if you’re willing to put your money where your mouth is.
The front and rear bumpers have been changed for aerodynamic purposes. The front headlamps have also been altered and remodelled to go along with a slightly tweaked body as a whole. The exterior of the new Golf GTI hasn’t changed that much from the old model, but the inside has had a definite facelift.
A new, flashy navigation and information system has been installed in the dashboard. It does cost a bit extra on top of the standard price, but it seems to be worth the additional cost of around £1,300. It uses a 9.1-inch screen, with full accessibility via both touch and voice. In our increasingly technological world, it’s an addition that many people will take Volkswagen up on and for good reason.
The interior of the car is similar to previous Golf GTI models. It’s slick, comfortable and an enjoyable place to be. That being said, there have definitely been some changes to the interior, but it’s mostly just an overall polish to previous designs. They’ve also added a configurable digital instrument cluster, which is a nice touch.
As far as the drive goes, the Golf seems to be holding its own against its competitors. With a smooth ride, but not market-beating speed, it’s fun to drive and controls better than many other hot hatch choices. This has always been the idea behind a Golf GTI, though, a little bit of speed combined with top-tier handling.
Overall, it’s a continuation in the right direction for Volkswagen. We’d expect that, though. Anything other than a really solid car from what is one of the most iconic hatchback brands on the planet would be a disappointment.
Be prepared to stretch the wallet on this one, though. At around £30,000, though, it’s quite pricey and could be worth waiting 6-12months for a few cheaper second-hand alternatives to come onto the scene.
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