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Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Engine 2.0 4 cylinders

Power 217bhp

Torque 258lb ft @1500rpm

Six-speed manual, front-wheel

0-62mph 6.5sec

Top speed

Economy 47.1mpg

You’ll I’m saying it simply to be contrary but I’m For most of its life, the VW Golf GTI has a largely over-rated device.

I’m not about the original, for that be absurd. The 1975 Golf GTi was if ever it were needed, genius lies in simplicity. By a robust, well-engineered but otherwise example of the still relatively new of hatchbacks and fitting a mildly single-cam, fuel-injected 1.6-litre plus firmer suspension and a few visual modifications, a legend was

But not maintained.

The problem with is that they rarely, if live up to their own billing. It the world a while to respond to the Mk1 which is why all variants – and none than the later 1.8-litre – deserve their place in the of great hatchbacks to this The early Mk2s were although nothing like as in the early ’80s as had been the Mk1 in the mid

But the truth that dares not its name is that from 1984 – and the arrival of the Peugeot 205 GTI – the GTi started to look decidedly old And nothing VW chose to do about it – the fitment of a twin-cam, 16-valve – could put it back on top. Of it was far better built than the and certainly the likes of the Renault 5GT or Fiat Strada 130TC, but who about that when cars were not merely but far more fun?

And for many thereafter the Golf GTi (or GTI as it latterly known) slid so far from its greatness it seemed impossible status could ever be MkIII versions were an to a once great name, not much better. It was only in with the introduction of the MkV GTI, nearly 20 years of rot was dramatically

With proper power and a nose tuned once to sniff out apices, the car’s marked an entirely unpredicted to form and, for a while, all was with the world.

If you believe the consensus of the motoring the Golf GTI has been hitting its with impressive consistency since. Certainly the car has stayed and capable, fun even in a risk-averse of way. But for me at least, the car has evolved little in the last decade, its fifth and sixth generations.

not just that there’s very little extra available, for that would be a determinant of ability even for a car as this. The problem, as I perceive it, is while the car became quieter and comfortable, it was at best no more fun to while others like and Ford started to make and Focuses that could you almost literally cry laughing.

response is the car you see here, the seventh of both Golf and Golf It might look little to  sixth- and indeed fifth-generation but it is all new, from its lightweight MQB upwards.

Like all Golf including the bad ones, this is not a car to about its potential. While its rival the Ford Focus ST yells at you with its selection of chin spoilers and violently paint (if you so choose), the Golf to believe discretion to be the better way to to its more conservative customer

You’ll know it’s a GTI its wheels, lowered stance, vents and, inside, tartan upholstery and golf steering wheel. These are but nods to its potential, not sharp in the ribs.

Volkswagen Golf GTE

The car I drove was the most possible: three doors, six gears and no performance pack 10 extra horsepower, an electronic and bigger brakes. In my experience, the the fast Golf recipe is the greater the opportunity for ballsing it up as readers of last month’s of the absurd Golf R Cabriolet recall.

It feels quicker its 217bhp suggests, partly at 1351kg it’s lighter you’d think (a Focus ST 1437kg), but also because has risen massively – from ft to 258lb ft – since the last although power has risen fractionally. What restricts on the road is the traction limit of its layout. Often you’ll try to away from a roundabout to be greeted by merely modest a gentle writhing of the wheel as the tyres fight conflicting from the engine and steering and a dash light telling you the are now at least partly in charge.

At higher speeds, where is no issue, the car is far better, feeling quicker than its numbers and emitting an offbeat wail in my more fanciful moments I just about imagine from a five-cylinder Audi

In terms of its cornering behaviour, my of the car appears to vary significantly that of other journalists driven it.

Make no mistake, it well, exhibiting excellent of grip and strong body over undulating roads. But the fun? Where’s that determination to get into the corner at all even if it means a trailing a cocked inside rear and a back end waving around in the

It’s almost too composed when the grip finally out, its default setting is to quite notably and, as you then merely reduce the at which the nose peels from the apex. There’s some entertainment here, but the ST and Mégane 265 are nothing short of

It is, of course, entirely possible VW not only knows this, but it. I read much into the of an optional electronic differential with extra power and brakes for those wishing a hardcore kind of GTI experience. I drove it, my instinct was that £980 additional package be a gimmick the car wouldn’t really but now I think it might be just required.

As ever two kinds of will buy a GTI. Both need the quiet, comfortable it provides, but while one will be on how it drives, the other will be only with the image it VW appears to be catering for both.

So I should wait until driven the GTI with the performance before delivering a final Less tends to mean in such cars, but perhaps is the exception.

As it stands, however, what looking at is a good Golf but not a great one. I’d probably to own it over a Focus ST, for all the reasons might choose a Volkswagen a Ford and because I’m lucky to access to other machinery in to indulge my inner hooligan. But if it an only car to use for all purposes, it would be to overlook the

fact the Ford is funnier and many thousands

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