Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk6 Test Drive Review

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk6 Test Review

Many say that the Mk6 Golf GTI is “just a Mk5” a facelift. It s not; there are but significant differences, as we ll discover this report – but even if it is just a facelift, is it that bad the Mk5 GTI was such as great performance one that re-energized the hot hatch and revived the legendary GTI lineage?

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I remember very clearly my experience with the Mk6 Golf a year ago. Driving the 158 bhp GT variant on coarse Icelandic in poor weather I caught saying: “This is all the car I need”. it didn t look very from the Mk5, and much of the old car s were carried over, but VW has reason to play the subtle game.

The Mk6 doesn t change the but just by improving on the things the Golf does well – refinement, that unshakable of solidity and stability, segment quality, understated class – the most high tech in its class, and it becomes a superbly car to drive and own.

The hot GTI version faces the exact same – it s not seen as a major step the old model. That s fully if viewed from the outside, as the Mk6 the familiar profile and size of the Mk5 contributes the floorpan and platform to the car you see wheelbase is identical at 2578 mm.

What sets the Mk6 apart is the new VW look which started the Scirocco, in comes a flat and black grille (trimmed with signature GTI red piping and grille) and slim headlights stretch far back into the fender. These changes, the vertical fog lights placed at the ends of the bumper, successfully an impression of added width. The elements of the headlights are stylish, but the lamps are a little mundane and SUV We reckon that this dynamic stance becomes with both cars side by side.

Which do you

The GTI is never about shouting, so s a discreet rear spoiler, pipes (one on each now) and 17-inch telephone alloys with red brake hiding within. Looks in red but our tester s solid white the new features standout.

The new car s upgraded alone is worth the price of as such high quality is seen in cars with market badges – the quality of the how solid everything feels, the panel gaps and classy such as the pinstriped piano trim and the little splashes of bits – all combine for a great It s supremely comfortable too, great insulation from noises and good support those heavily bolstered

Nothing spectacular design but things like the new instrument (now illuminated in white) and the slimline centre console it above the Mk5. In my opinion, the improvement is the steering wheel – flat bottomed, but the four-way chunky feel and design all to scream premium. It s one of the nicest we ve held in recent times in

Too bad our market doesn t get VW s excellent colour touch-screen ICE system.

we miss? The “holes” at the base of the Mk5 console to brace knees is and the column stalks could with more smoothness stalks work with a quality feel for instance) but we re nit picking in a wonderful cabin. Oh tartan seats should be an too!

Although a glance at the sheet might show displacement, bore and stroke the Mk5 s EA113 motor, this car s belongs to the new generation EA888 – as does the 1.8 TFSI engine in the A4. Chain driven camshafts and a compression ratio are among the although there s no variable lift in this application, in Audis. The more compact and engine packs extra 207 bhp to be exact, 10 horses more before, now produced 200 rpm higher at rpm. Torque remains the at 280 Nm from a diesel like low of rpm.

Fuel efficiency is enhanced as VW s claimed combined figure is km/l. We managed to hover 10.5 and 12 km/l, which is for a car with this much

In practise, the drivetrain experience is There s almost zero lag as the spools up, the wave of urge comes is strong and sustained long (older turbo tend to fade a liitle at revs), and there s plenty of in revving all the way to redline (cut out at 7000 rpm). Best of the flexibility of it all allows you to hang on to gears comfortably – 60 km/h in anyone? – with power in to overtake.

This, combined the fact that the engine is and silent when you re not extending it for a good long distance that s on par with the compact segment.

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As usual for a DSG equipped VW, the twin-clutch plays a big part in the appeal of the No matter how you drive, or in what it never makes a miscalculation, the gear is less than a away, it s blindingly quick in and smooth to go with it.

It s so good in D it gives nothing away to a automatic, but with the immediacy no converter auto box can match. If you stepped out from a Selespeed car a DSG car, you d think that are a century apart – even you take into account s SST and BMW s DCT, DSG reigns supreme.

The combo of the best gearbox in with a powerful and efficient makes for a deadly partnership goes about its job like a hitman. Not much drama doesn t sound that or lusty, power delivery is linear, no mechanical thump changing gears), but Mr GTI gets the job fast and without fuss.

much drama” also describes the driving experience. The GTI has of grip in reserve when you re for it and will stick on the chosen unless you re really being Steering it is a joy too, as there s feel, perfect weighting and to accompany.

Torque steer is not an issue, little tugs at the wheel on power, and there s not much on poor roads either.

so much torque at disposal, a driven car can struggle to transfer it to the tarmac cleanly, and this is the Mk6 GTI s standard XDS electronic differential in. We re not talking about heaven and difference here, but the Mk6 can power out of slightly earlier than its which at times can scrabble for when you re being impatient.

welcome addition is the DCC Adaptive Control system, where you can from Sport, Comfort and modes for the electronically controlled The system is fed data from and body movements, steering, throttle and brakes to come up the optimum damping force for wheels. Not just for show, s a discernible difference between Sport is best for twisty but roads as you ll pick up more of the while Comfort is good for moderately fast driving; is the best compromise and we re happy to it there most of the time.

available in the Scirocco, DCC is a much resolved system than the Audi Drive Select, it s either acceptable steering brittle ride or decent comfort/super light steering.

The blend of tight body plus good ride is what makes the GTI a joy to drive on roads. Combine this strong, effortless performance and leading refinement and quality VW infused into the Mk6 Golf and you get a all round performance car that s not on practicality as well.

I m a great fan of the for its looks, but for a substantial RM34,000 the RM209,888 Golf GTI offers a engine with more XDS and a better cabin. If I had that of money to spend on a car, it be sleepless nights of decision

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