Volkswagen Golf GTI Car Reviews evo

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Expectations are high for the new GTI, and we the first to drive it on UK roads

2004

The Golf GTI is back bold, unambiguous and, by the the of the spec, equipped to take on the fast hatches. It’s time. There were sporty Golfs in the mk4 line-up and of them hit the nail on the head; not the 115bhp GTI, soul-less 1.8T GTI, loping V5 or the four-wheel-drive 237bhp V6 R32.

The R32 was the of the bunch but a rather complex, and expensive solution to making an Golf.

The mk5 GTI is refreshingly focused, front-wheel drive and a torquey, 2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that should be a match for the car’s bulk. claims a top speed of 145mph and in 7.2sec.

Finished in blood with generous honeycomb-pattern grilles, black sills and rear glass, the GTI looks the especially when it looms in the mirror. It’s a measure of the ever-growing shadow that the five-hole alloys fitted to our car look small — at diameter, they’re not. 18s with even lower tyres will be offered for ΂£455, which looks tempting, but you might want to your options-ticking hand you’ve read this, the drive of the GTI on notoriously demanding A- and B-roads.

Despite its generous proportions, the new GTI makes you feel snug to its excellent sports seats.

in plain grey cloth tartan centre panels a nod to the original GTI — they deep side bolsters hug you in all the right places. The leather-trimmed wheel is an ergonomic delight, its fat, sculpted rim offering a positive grip, and it looks the too, with perforated and a flat lower edge. It for rake and reach, while the height can also be tuned, a perfect driving position to be

Completing the driver-oriented landscape are a gearlever and a pair of fussily main dials.

Anyone who has the 1.8-litre, 20-valve turbo — and there must be of you because it has found a home in about every sporty in the VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda — won’t be expecting from the new 2-litre turbo With 197bhp and 207lb ft of this FSI engine isn’t as as the 1.8T fitted to, say, the Leon Cupra R, but in fact one of the GTI’s best features. the 1.8T is a bland, unexciting the 2-litre direct injection FSI is and effervescent, a pleasant surprise the turbo’s delivery is capped to linear torque between

There’s nothing linear the delivery, though, and underpinning its responsive performance is a genuinely induction note. Somehow engineers have given turbo engine a normally-aspirated — a guttural, appealing that swells with on large, low-rev throttle and then gradually thins out to a bark that reaches a peak and suggests an upshift.

power arrives at an unusually low but, foot down, the needle sweeps purposefully this mark and is still good work at the 6500rpm The growly note encourages you to go and, if the need arises, the will go to 7000rpm before the cuts in. The six ratios are well-spaced, the shift action is crisp and

VW’s engineers have no need for further strengthening of the shell for its GTI role, though the suspension — MacPherson up front with a multi-link — has been tweaked. The GTI 15mm lower, has stiffer bars, shorter, stiffer and re-valved dampers.

The variable-rate electro-hydraulic assisted feels worryingly light at car speeds but soon takes on as the pace rises, while the initially feels very especially laterally. There’s a racecar-like feel to how the GTI moves. Yet is suppleness, too, the edges of any imperfections being softened by the suspension, and there’s fine control over large and dips.

Still, attack a gear corner and roll is resisted. The Golf corners and secure and seems to distribute the load between the front and evenly without any sense of the getting a little loose as you the nose in. You turn and the car simply comfortably into the corner, and calm.

The steering isn’t with feel but its weighting is and when you feed in the power for the there are no writhings as the tyres 225/45 Bridgestone Potenza — lay all 207lb ft on the road. impressive because although rarely feels or sounds a turbo engine, one of the tell-tales it has a light-pressure blower is the very low-rev delivery.

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Another is a slight pause it picks up after you’ve the throttle open, so the fact the front wheels remain when the torque floods in is In the dry the ESP warning light rarely and VW’s chassis engineers be praised for allowing some and spin before it intervenes, it does remarkably discreetly.

easy to find yourself along at much more of a than you expect. The engine is strong right through but in the low- and mid-ranges. At speed the soaks up everything a tricky can throw at it, and there’s so much grip that, despite a substantial 1328kg, the Golf can lots of speed through

In this respect it’s Mini Cooper-ish. Back off mid-turn and the rear does but not dramatically and certainly not with the that it’s adopting the stance typical of Golf past. The brakes, like the aren’t the most feelsome but with the over-servoed pedal of generations, there’s more to lean against, so it’s easier to check-brake.

If I had any concern it was that in the wet the GTI’s stance would result in a of progression and feedback before a breakaway. Happily for me, mid-afternoon the opened and I was able to retrace my morning route. The ESP’s leash means you can have wheelspin right through to the if you lead-foot the GTI out of a wet junction in first but also means that you a little slip to play in the corners, which can be useful for your line.

Fears of break-away proved unfounded, the feeling remarkably secure and though when the nose did wide with the ESP switched recovery was a little slower I’d have liked.


no question that the mk5

GTI is an entertaining and fast hatch, different to the Golf GTIs that gone before but deserving of a alongside them. It feels a driver’s car, with its supportive seats, chunky and enthusiastically vocal and gutsy engine. Its flat-cornering chassis is in a new way but the more you drive it, the more you how well it works, even on our B-roads.

Is the mk5 GTI good enough to beat the in class and put Volkswagen back on That’s a difficult question to because in scale and price (a short of ΂£20K) the Golf a direct rival for feisty funsters like the Clio Cup and Cooper S. However, against rivals like the bargain-priced Type-R and Leon Cupra R, and the harder-edged version of the RenaultSport I’d fancy the Golf’s

Champion or not, the great is that the mk5 Golf GTI shows Volkswagen hasn’t forgotten how to a characterful, capable and engaging hatch. The GTI is definitely back.

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