Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTI

It was all going so The rain from the previous few had ceased, giving the air in Cape a crisp freshness, my morning had been particularly good and the of brand-new Volkswagen Golf parked invitingly at the meeting of the local launch promised so

A choice of red, white or the same colours as were when the original Mk1 GTi was launched in 1976, a top-selling DSG transmission selected and the first directions for the route received, we were to roll.

Volkswagen has come in for criticism for its evolutionary approach to the language of its top-selling Golf particularly the past three But one thing you quickly realise driving the newest models is many fellow motorists, and detractors of the VW brand know the new car they see it. And this applies to the new GTI.

I’m happy to report there’s at least a new (standard) wheel design (even if the bits on the new alloys face in directions depending on which of the car you’re looking at) and I appreciate the that the GTI rides 15 mm lower to the than the standard car. The red nose highlight has been through each headlamp and there’s now GTI badging posted on the wheel flanks.

Heading north out of Cape things continued to go well. For a few now, Volkswagen has succeeded in the GTI one of the most compliant ride in this segment. In the seventh model an all-independent suspension is to Volkswagen’s impressive new MQB platform, not only allows for an overall saving (the new GTI is 42 kg lighter the model it replaces) but also a wheelbase and wider tracks, and rear, compared with the model.

Fitted with an R10 000 Dynamic Chassis Control, an Individual mode that the driver to find their combination of engine mapping, feel and damper firmness, the new GTI on the open road. The slick DSG transmission goes about its in a seamless, non-intrusive manner, the well-appointed cabin is an altogether place to be. It’s pity Volkswagen South Africa is not the funky “ode to the original” cloth seats found in markets but there is nevertheless fault to find with the leather items fitted to models.

Chrome highlighting (including together with a tightly leather multifunction steering and a standard touch-screen infotainment add to the sense of occasion.

The seventh-generation GTI is the third generation to make use of s EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre Re-engineered, while including a new head that incorporates a exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) in this application there’s 162 kW on More significant, especially the outgoing Mk6 GTI 35 edition already 11 kW more than this, is a substantial 70 N.m increase in torque the previous-generation GTI (50 N.m up on the 35 edition).

350 N.m is now available at a low 1 500 Combine this with the savings gained by the new platform and the new car that much sprightlier the model it replaces.

150-odd km of open, traffic-free Winelands roads covered and the new GTI was impressing with it all-round comfort and flexibility. It was all going so So what then could put a damper on the day?

I’ll you what: Stepping into the version after lunch was a affair.

The sight of the golf gear knob mounted a sculpted chrome housing to put a damper on my day. Not because it fit perfectly to hand or shift pinpoint precision and weighting each of its six forward ratio Not because it wasn’t matched a similarly well-weighted clutch either, but because, for me, the whole GTI came together when I the car south after the lunch and powered away via a well-sorted transmission.

Call me old-fashioned but as as a double-clutch DSG transmission is, there can be few in motoring as rewarding as having control over when and how you through the gears to keep an on the boil.

Covering three of the Cape s challenging mountain passes on the way only served to reinforce my for the fact that VWSA to sell only one out of five new GTI with a manual transmission. And I realise the benefits of the more technology in terms of ever-increasing travel times, having an afternoon carving through and challenging sections of twisty while having full of both available engine and their corresponding exhaust-note you do have to hope that, companies such as Porsche and Volkswagen finds a place for transmissions in its performance lineups for the future.

The Golf 7 GTI feels on its feet than the previous To this end you feel more that the front end will true to course as you carry speed into a corner before. With the aforementioned control in its sportiest setting, response is heightened while the power-steering system gains weight. While many a is alight with talk of a Pack version of the GTI (Volkswagen AG has not yet released this upgrade for regions, including South which adds 7 kW, bigger and a mechanical differential, it’s to fault the way the standard car, its XDS electronic diff and two-stage ESC control, copes with the car planted though fast of direction.

Much like the new Ford ST, it’s the additional low-down in the new GTI that adds significantly to the driving experience, providing a shove between corner

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen South Africa has an record of selling up to 50 per cent of its four generation Golf with GTI badges fitted to While this inevitably on the exclusivity of this model helped by the fact that the three generations have so similar), it doesn’t seem to the buying public much. said, it stands to reason you will be seeing a lot of the seventh, and yet, generation Golf GTI on the in the coming months.

Click here for our track of the new Golf GTI.


Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG

Engine: four-cylinder turbopetrol

Power: 162 kW at 5 300

Torque: 350 N.m at 1 700 r/min

0-100 6,5 seconds

Fuel consumption: 6,4 km

Volkswagen Golf GTE
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