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Volkswagen Golf GTI

X Factor

Price: $43,990 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 162kW/350Nm turbo petrol | 6sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 6.6 | tested: 9.2 l/100km


Hot are, well, pretty hot now — they’re everywhere you

Got a small budget to work The $20,990 Barina RS might be bag. Want to spend six-figure bonus on something Perhaps take a look at the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.

And there’s in-between, in price, style and like Hyundai’s Veloster the sublime M135i. Ford’s Focus ST. the venerable WRX STI. the Fiesta ST. Renault’s Megane RS. 208 Swift Sport the list on.

But let’s not forget what the whole hot hatch ‘thing’. The Golf GTI.

Now in its seventh the Golf GTI is arguably the best it has been. Comfortable, yet capable. yet practical.

The price/equipment ratio has been tweaked, making the new GTI more than the model it but loading in some extra

The seventh-gen GTI has very good and that’s particularly evident the cabin.

The interior is just as as any other Mk7 Golf (in other it’s class-leading), and the tartan upholstery is a GTI hallmark.

Other include the stainless-faced pedals, steering wheel (which is one of the we’ve gripped all year), headliner and red contrast stitching on the gearlever and steering wheel.

an unpretentious interior, and a comfortable one at

Being based on a small has its virtues when it comes to packaging, and the Golf GTI can swallow adults with ease.

But the is on the driver in the GTI. At the workbench, are well served by thickly not overbearingly) bolstered seats and a range of adjustment to the seat and column.

Passengers are equally looked-after. It’s an accommodating that’s for sure.

Key interior

Tartan cloth upholstery, headliner exclusive to GTI

Flat-bottomed sports steering

Satellite navigation, dual-zone control, cruise control, audio/phone standard

Rear air

Boot capacity 380 litres, litres with rear folded

For overall performance, the new GTI is and bounds better than its

Firstly (and most there’s the extra oomph VW’s 2.0 litre turbo four.

Compared to the Mk6 GTI. the new car has 7kW power and a whopping 70Nm torque, tallying up to a total of and 350Nm.

Though not the most hot hatch in the circa-$40k region award goes to the 195kW RS 265), it’s more enough for some really spirited driving.

The standard is a six-speed manual, but our tester with the $2500 twin-clutch We like the manual, but as a performance VW’s twin-clutch is hard to

Low-speed engagement can be a bit iffy trying to crawl through jams, but when underway are lightning-fast.

All it takes is a tap on the steering wheel-mounted to row through the gears, with accompanied by a pronounced ‘whump’ the exhaust. Downchanges, meanwhile, are rev-matched.

The gearbox takes to the front wheels with the aid of XDL pseudo-LSD, which uses the to mimic the effect of a limited-slip Out on the road it works well, the inside wheel braked enough to curb wheelspin.

steer is also blissfully

The other reason why the GTI is such a drive, is its chassis.

For the Mk7, VW has made the previously optional dampers part of the standard package, and it works wonders.

mode is a bit rough for the everyday, but is truly versatile.

We like it for its to iron out small lumps and in the tarmac, yet still maintain body control on twisty Comfort mode though is far to either Normal or the harder setting.

But when the road gets Sport mode comes its own. The suspension firms up, responsiveness is increased and body-roll is non-existent.

The steering also heavier in Sport mode, may not be to everyone’s taste. For us though, we the sweetest configuration required customisation.

Borrowing from brand Audi, the Mk7 GTI now allows the to set their own “Individual” drive to customise settings for the engine/trans, and steering.

Us? We liked to have the set to Sport, suspension set to Comfort and the set to Normal.

The combination is unbeatable on a mountain road. Compliant to deal with ratty, maintained roads, with engine response and steering truly at the “Goldilocks point” heavy and light.

Driven in this mode, the GTI is almost

Light on its feet with feel through the electrically-assisted and rack, plenty of resistance to and a chassis that’s as playful as you it to be.

Key specifications:

2.0 turbo intercooled four, 162kW/350Nm

6-speed DSG automatic

Front wheel

Switchable traction control, Drive Chassis Control

Strut front, multi-link suspension

All-disc brakes, calipers

ANCAP rating: 5/5 — this model 35.92 out of 37 possible points.

features: Traction control, control (switchable), ABS, brake assist, seven (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee).


The Golf GTI is the original hot and the best.

Sure, “best” can many things. But, to our a hot hatch that spends a part of its time as an everyday has to balance performance with comfort and price.

And the seventh-gen GTI does so perfectly.

It’s not the FWD hot hatch out there (remember the RS 265 we mentioned earlier?), nor is it the heaviest in terms of punch-per-dollar (that to the $38k Focus ST).

But the midpoint between the two in just every respect, and that’s a happy medium. Buy one.

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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