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Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi review

The VW Golf GTi has been an present in the automotive world 1975. Six generations of the car have over 200,000 units for VW in the UK A smash hit? Yes, but like Top of the Pops, the game’s on since the GTi first arrived in and last year VW only 1,770 Mk6 GTi models. The seventh GTi has just gone on sale and is with reversing the slide.

the world might be moving on, the GTi in evolutionary ways. The Mk7 car is slightly slightly lighter, slightly powerful and slightly more than the car it replaces.

Hasn’t it ever thus? Well, not The big news in that last is the lighter bit — VW group’s new MQB — the company’s strategy for modular construction of its cars is a marvel of engineering which Golf Mk7 weighs up to 100kg than Golf Mk6, but is safer in a crash.

Not only that, but while VW has been happy to let other lead the horsepower race and the Golf now has 220bhp, or for just you can add a Performance Pack to net an extra alongside bigger brakes and a differential.

What definitely changed is the image. The Mk7 GTi is definitely a looker than the slightly Mk5 and Mk6 cars. Particularly in the three form our test car, a real chiselled visual with that trademark C-pillar being emphasised by the of the rear window line. We the red stripe that runs off the and through the lamps too.

we’re also glad to see VW totally binned the wonderful shadow alloy design proved so popular on the last two evolving them into the squared-off Austin versions you see in latest model. Either it’s subtle rather shouty. The GTi doesn’t call for a cap on dress code that other hot hatches we could seem to do. And we like that.

Jump in and the familiar — and — story continues. If hankering after a GTi, you do don’t waste your on the optional leather trim. The is a GTi trademark, and looks as timeless as it ever has done. What’s it covers seats that outside of a Volvo — are of the most comfortable places in the car in which you can spend serious of time. As with the previous the seat ratchets down to a sports-car low position. The steering is massively adjustable, and in front of you is the — although some argue slightly drab Golf dashboard.

What you can’t argue is the quality — with quality that shames brands and those little like completely flock-lined bins to stop your and phone rattling around you’re on a mission — VW just gets right. You get the larger version of VW’s satnav system, which we in our review of the regular Golf. the same system, so despite time with the new GTi, we see any reason why we’re likely to our view about it.

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Get on the move and you will notice some Our car had the optional Performance Pack fitted and it’s the first box you tick. Why? Well, driven a Mk6 GTi just a few weeks you instantly notice the power The Mk7 PP just pulls like a at points in the rev range where the Mk6 feel like it was running out of Now 230bhp might be a small in the hot hatch world of 335bhp and even 265bhp Meganes. But the never feels anything than decidedly quick. Do you more power on the road, Not unless you intend on getting into trouble.

But it’s not just the power the Performance Pack gives it’s a limited-slip front Which, without going into technicalities, means in tight corners, or on wet roads, one wheel begins to unload and traction, the system directs to the wheel with most and thus stops the other spinning away power. The this has is to slingshot you around When you think the car is about to it bites into the road and goes.

We had a scant 45 minutes with the new but the positive impression it made was We’ll need longer with one to fully uncover its and foibles for a full review, but a performance deficit compared to rivals, the Golf’s very and huge fun to drive.

Prices at £25,845. But once you’ve the sensible option of the 5-door added that performance and a couple of other choice you’re knocking on the door of Which puts the Golf in the crosshairs of our current favourite hot the BMW M135i.


They’re very cars though, each in their own separate ways. We wait to spend some time with the new GTi to make a call on where our money ultimately be spent. Either if you’ve got £25-30K to spend on a hatch right now, as said before, you are utterly for choice. Right now we are in a golden age of the and the car the started the ball rolling, the GTi, is — based on first impression — better than ever.

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