Driven Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 Any Given Reason

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the board meeting when the of the hot hatch was first mooted. we’ve done some market analysis and determined not everyone has the ability to own both a hatchback and a sports car. build a hatchback that tough and is also a hoot to ‘Jones, well done. to the production line!’

It’s an so plainly obvious today, but in the day it was a revelation. For decades before had been practical cars were fun to drive, such as the Mini and the Alfasud, but their was an almost incidental byproduct. It until the 1975 launch of the Golf GTI that a hatchback was engineered and marketed to also be a car.

The hot hatch category is today, but when the GTI was launched the didn’t even exist. The GTI is one of a small group of cars actually created its own market

The white Mk1 you see here is an immaculate of the first true hot hatch, by a local Adelaide enthusiast who it regularly both in the hills and in motorsport events. Its 1600cc, K-Jetronic injected four 80kw which is respectable for the even more enticing it has just 810kg to pull around. The black fender make it look that bit tougher, and the GTI hallmarks of a red grille tartan seat trim and a ball shifter knob are for the first time.

The Mk7 GTI next to it has been launched to critical and this particular example is the in specification we could organize – the same shade of white, a three-pedal manual, and it has the trademark GTI of a red grille surround, tartan trim and a golf ball knob.

Modern cars have in size, although you don’t notice it until you park one an old car. The Mk7 is physically huge to the Mk1; its wheel rims the same size at the entire on the earlier car. The now turbocharged Mk7 has than twice the power at but it carries 460kg more


Where the original GTI came only basic trim for and cost saving reasons, the GTI now comes with comfy seats, climate control, sat Bluetooth phone system and all the gizmos expected of the modern

You’d struggle to get a new Mk7 GTI on the road for $45k, so one could argue it doesn’t exactly fulfill the part of the hot hatch equation The Mk7 GTI has traded the bargain basement of old for the ability to sub as an acceptable family in addition to still being a shopping trolley and a fun sports

If you’re reading Any Given you’re probably not interested in car and shopping trolley attributes, so in of this we took the Mk7 for a decent run the hills. The biggest revelation of particular car is its six-speed manual, a slick gearbox that out the best in the GTI. Volkswagen lulled us all into a state of DSG to the point where the Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe the only option when a GTI, and indeed it is for 75% of buyers.

But as as this technology is getting for driving, a conventional manual is the proper choice for smile-inducing drives.

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Despite the added weight and the GTI still feels like a old hot hatch. Maximum torque and power is found all the way from so there’s a good shove when you need it, and the new electro-mechanical delivers good feel and as well as doing a reasonable job of the road surface below. no Lotus, but then again it is a after all.

The Mk7 GTI is a car that you can get in and drive quickly right Within a few kilometers you’re to grab it and work it, which is gratifying but ultimately not as rewarding. no challenge, and I did get the feeling that the car was my little mistakes, showing me as a driver than I actually am. For a lot of this will be a major point and likely something the at Volkswagen have spent a lot of and money engineering in, but it leaves me a hollow.

I’d rather the challenge of striving for the that the original Mk1 demands – a corner a little too hot, and pay for it on the straight.

However, where the Mk7 GTI into its own is in excelling at exactly a hot hatch should be – a fun car that as many bases as possible. my reservations about it being a too mechanized, it’s still a to drive. And the Mk7, more any other GTI before it, doubles as a practical family car.

A 86 or a used Lotus Elise a more involving drive for the but if you could only have one car to do it a Golf GTI is the only choice.

Words and photos by Andrew

Thanks to Michael Chapman for the use of the Mk1 in the

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