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New Volkswagen Golf GTI Review


What’s Buckets of torque, incredible even in the (very) wet.

Not: 3-door model is for good, ‘Performance Pack’ is more.

X-FACTOR: The latest GTI is the best yet, and a real

Vehicle Style: Small ‘hot hatch’

Price: manual, $43,990 DSG (plus

Engine/trans: 162kW/350Nm 2.0 litre four | 6spd man | 6spd DSG

Economy claimed: 6.2 l/100km | 6.6 l/100km DSG

When asked rules your driveway, all you say is GTI, and everyone knows talking about the Golf.

In a Volkswagen has made the GTI name its More than that, it a benchmark.

But, true, the GTI has rarely been short on rivals. Some of them are to look at, and some — the Megane RS 265 and Focus ST — are hotter under the hood .

So, does this hot Golf, the new still deserve its place at the

Volkswagen pointed TMR toward sections of Tasmania’s legendary course this week through a torrential downpour to find out.


We can find fault with cabins. From the entry-level 90TSI and right through the the Mk7 Golf is simply the leader for quality.

It’s one of few small that blurs the lines volume-selling and premium offerings.

The of the new GTI is no different. Understated and classy, the throughout isn’t far off Audi

Quality materials both and hard lead the way, with beautifully-aligned panels and that fall to hand across a layout free of

As a GTI model, the familiar plaid is here, dominating the centre of the bucket sports seats. manual and DSG auto models a dimpled golf-ball gear sitting atop the shift that looks and feels

It is also well-kitted with features including stop/start, assist, automatic climate driver fatigue detection, braking system, standard screen with proximity sat-nav, CD player with SD slot, and Bluetooth among a of standard features (‘city braking’ and adaptive cruise are options).

► MORE: See our 2014 Golf GTI article for a full rundown on and optional equipment.


For seeking a hatchback both and practical, the GTI has always been an go-to option.

While the 4 GTI of the 90s and early 2000s was short on and lacked true ‘hot dynamics, VW returned to form the quicker and snappier Golf 5

That theme continued the Golf 6 GTI. From the in 2009. we wrote: driving the GTI is a wholly visceral experience at the price, simply wallops its competitors.

So, you take our meaning we say this new seventh-generation GTI is the best GTI

It still ticks the practicality switch it to Comfort Mode and it be happy to poke economically and around town. But tap in Sport and be even more pleased to hell in the hills.

With and 350Nm on tap, the new GTI isn’t a more powerful than its predecessor — but it’s the torque that gets the going.

The overhauled 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine is helped by the new-generation lighter body.

It shows in the way it power to the road and its bristling Despite falling short by 20kW, the new GTI feels a match for the ST.

Of course, the enhanced torque helps on that front, the GTI’s maximum twist now from 1500rpm instead of

By comparison, the Focus ST ‘s max comes in at 2000rpm, and even the Megane RS is behind with at 3000rpm.

The GTI’s ‘new’ isn’t the golden ticket to perfection of course — it strongly in every gear, but a dash of lag just below noticeable more with the gearbox than the DSG.

boy. pile on the revs and it (really) take off.

steer is nearly absent, and the new GTI will wrestle the road a if you give it the full boot out of a the trick XDL+ system a brake-based torque distribution — gets thing control very, very

The Megane RS is the gold standard in department, nailing its tyres to corner in a way that simply description.

It’s at that edge that the XDL technology

The rain was properly coming during the GTI launch event, but as our with the car grew, so did our confidence in the system.

Point it at a corner and the XDL combine with the tight and the GTI’s new progressive steering. At 2.1 turns lock-to-lock, there’s of the usual elbow overlap comes with a tight turn.

The stability control can’t be completely deactivated, as we discovered, it rarely gets in the way of a time.

Go for the DSG model equipped the Performance Pack — in the second quarter of 2014 and Volkswagen switches out the XDL+ for a diff that can send 100 of torque to either of the front as needed. (Watch out for our review of one. )

Volkswagen’s Adaptive Control is also now standard the Golf GTI, which is a thing: it used to be a $1500

It’s also welcome. the presence of those Comfort and modes that make the GTI a commuter and a loutish hotbox.

marks are hard to find in the new you have to be picky.

We’re of the outgoing model’s exhaust pop the DSG auto — that ‘brap’ as you rocket away the lights — but it’s a little quieter in this new


We earlier: does this hot still deserve its title as the benchmark?

We think so. We’ll to give it the usual week-long before we can contemplate a crown, but one is certain, it’s easily the Golf GTI ever.

It’s impossible to fault for build inside and out, its cabin is spacious and classy, and it’s a mix of both liveable and lively on the

Of course, it’s again the more expensive in the hot-hatch and it’s now muscled-up against pretty capable machinery. The RS 265 and Focus ST both demand

But with previously optional now standard — 18-inch and Adaptive Chassis Control in — and the hugely capable system headlining the driving the new Golf GTI is just good

Pricing (excludes on-road

Golf GTI 6 Speed Manual $41,490

Golf GTI 6 Speed DSG $43,990

Golf GTI Performance — $47,990 (arrives

Metallic / Pearl Effect $500

Panoramic electric sunroof $1,850

Bi-Xenon with LED daytime driving $2,150

Vienna leather upholstery $3,150

Driver package $1,300


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