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Does the of hot hatches still deserve the

The 2013 Golf GTI follows the mantra when it comes to

Having driven the entry Golf last month, we absolutely stoked when we had the Volkswagen Golf GTI to ourselves the weekend. The Golf GTI has always an icon, a trendsetter for hot hatches, the bar with every new iteration and year it is no different. However, for the Golf GTI does not purely on performance.

When the Volkswagen GTI was launched in 1976, it was the first of its Fast forward to 2013 and the is now flooded with hot hatches almost every single making it an extremely competitive The Wolfsburg based manufacturer has to stand out in order to make it the choice over its rivals.

The 19 rims on the GTI look smart.

As the previous 6 iterations, there is little deviation from the making it seem very Don’t be fooled though. The changes are under the skin. on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform, the 2013 Golf GTI gets an updated 2.0 turbo powerplant churning out 217 bhp and 258 of torque while being with fuel consumption. new for 2013 is a variable-ratio steering


And of course there is the excessive use of the red The trademark red stripe on the GTI grill now all the way into the headlight housings. are GTI fender badges with a red The door sills and door also come with an red stripe to remind you that you are in a

Yes, we get it.

The red stripe now runs the headlight housings

The 1984cc, 4 cylinder engine is absolutely The upgraded power plant it only takes 6.5 seconds to hit the marker from a standstill. to a 6 speed DSG ‘box (VW speak for an double clutch gearbox) changes are extremely quick and

Peak power arrives at rpm which is somewhere around the of the rev range but there is plenty available even at lower Select ‘D’ and the car is in normal mode, higher gears and lower Drive with a light and the ride is extremely smooth gear changes going and an exhaust barely audible.

This obviously means news in the fuel efficiency yielding 6.7L/100km. So far so good. Jab the lever downwards and the GTI is now in sport Up shifts are held off till and the engine stays in the sweet giving you maximum power at all Mash the loud pedal and the Volkswagen Golf GTI really alive.

The turbocharged engine is to perfection not allowing even a of turbo lag to kick in making for a delivery so linear it could pass off as a normally aspirated Oh and expect to see your fuel figures rise!

The brakes t too bad, but push the GTI and the brakes to be the weakest link.

Up front the GTI on MacPherson struts while the get a fully independent suspension are tuned to give you enough on the tarmac that won’t run out too The variable-ratio steering goes lock to lock in just 2 making parking lot maneuvers on a light steering while at speeds the steering is more and responsive to even subtle I must admit I didn’t the variable ratio steering to be good.

The only trade off with all of is the numbness that gets as there is very little from the steering. Other that, the steering system like a charm. What was bizarre was the complete lack of in spite of this being a wheel drive car.

In drive it aggressively around a and you can be sure to kick the tail out a bit before the electronic nannies you out.

As with every this one too sports dual that emit an awesome on aggressive gearshifts

Now some of you may be that our region does not get the pack that other get which means we miss out on an 10 bhp, uprated brakes and importantly an electronically activated limited slip differential. Now has put off a few buyers as they feel are missing out. Yes, a LSD is excellent for a bit of hooning about and brakes means more power and late braking. is also a very good However, this is hardly a breaker.

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There is plenty power as it is and a 10 bhp will hardly make a difference. As for the LSD, there is no that will really and make your track day more enjoyable. But, let s it.

How many 2013 Volkswagen GTI owners are actually going to their cars out for track And then, how often? To the few petrolheads are avid track day enthusiasts, yes you be missing out on a good bit of kit.

The bottomed steering wheel and that is angled towards the adds to the sporty feel

The is mostly made up of soft to materials and build quality is Even the storage areas are with soft to touch The dash is slightly tilted the driver like sports in the early 90 s adding to the sporty Room is adequate, with space even for the rear thanks to its high roofline. Our model did not have navigation so we t get a chance to test it.

The infotainment however, did come bluetooth and USB input and the speakers fairly decent. The parking on the car are absolutely brilliant. With an park feature, reverse and sensors that detect all around the car, parking is s play. It is a bit overkill for a car this but hey! it is there if you want to use it. The seats with leather are comfortable enough even for drives.

Our only gripe the interior was with the amount of noise that seeps the cabin at highway speeds. was an issue with the 1.4 Golf we tested earlier too and we suspect it is of lesser sound deadening thanks to weight savings. The can get a bit obstructive at times but after a you just get used to looking it.

The hot hatch rules have re-written by the 2013 Volkswagen GTI

So this brings us to our initial is the 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI the kingpin of its clan? The short is yes. The long answer you

The expectations of automobiles have over the years and so has the hot hatch A hot hatch is no longer just a compact light car with interiors and an entertaining drivetrain. The GTI’ (excuse the marketing really is an all-rounder.

It is a comfortable, sporty and practical. A sorted hot hatch that is an cracker to drive. Sure, the ST may have more power or the Megane may be more sporty better lap times around the autodrome.

But as an everyday car, the GTI a very convincing case is hard to beat.

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