Volkswagen Golf GTI new car review

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engine delivers punchy

Surprisingly economical


Practical interior

Excellent manners

Comfortable and quiet

Price premium over competitors

Auto hesitates in situations

When it comes to cars, they don’t much more iconic or known than the Golf The car that created the now-booming segment has been a mainstay of the Golf line-up for decades. there’s been the occasional on the impressive lineage (the generation was underwhelming), for the past the GTI has been the one to match.

Throughout a year in which quality and service hit the headlines for Volkswagen, the GTI is the mark of the rollout of the new seventh-generation While there’s a faster R in the wings, the GTI is the volume-selling hot shot in many ways helps the Golf.

What do you get?

New Volkswagen GTI Mk. VII.

While it shares its with the basic Golf, the GTI with its own unique tweaks, with the trademark tartan It would look out of place and out of in anything other than a but Volkswagen gets away it.

For $41,490 plus on-road and costs (or $43,990 for an auto) the GTI has a unique front and rear that sits lower and the car a sportier look, while are alloy pedals and sports that grab you better the sides. There are plenty of red touches too, such as the red calipers and red stripe through the

The Golf 7 also has a driver-selected Mode that is now standard and a choice between comfort, sport and Eco settings, or a driver-programmed setting. Each adjusts the throttle response and suspension.

also the full Golf including a central touchscreen, sensors front and rear, a camera, cruise control, auto airconditioning and the safety of airbags (dual front, side, side curtain and a knee airbag).

What’s inside?

Those seats provide both and comfort, giving the first that the GTI has a different purpose on wheels. There are also splashes of red, from on the chunky flat-bottomed steering to red stripes in the front doors.

it’s pure Golf, the simple, elegant layout and to the central touchscreen, which can when you’re about to a button and changes the screen’s to make it easier.

As well as the sound system and cruise the buttons on the steering wheel all manner of functions in the digital between the speedometer and tachometer. a detailed trip computer and a lap timer.

There are two covered options in the centre console and door pockets. Overall, the and fit are excellent.

Those in the rear are catered for air vents for better cooling, the boot should keep families and couples content.

the bonnet

There may be only two of engine, but that’s underplaying goes on when you hit the accelerator. A helps boost oomph and the GTI’s engine is one of the most in the business. Pull from as low as is prodigious, allowing you to squeeze the rather than drop a gear or two, yet the GTI punches towards its 6800rpm electronic Nowhere in that rev range the four-cylinder feel undernourished, strongly, with a feistiness the hot-hatch tag.

It’s a little engine.

The gearbox is a slickly selecting ratios, a good spread between all

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Our previous experience with the twin-clutch DSG reinforces it’s a class act, with a on full-throttle up-changes and a slickness to its that goes some way to the occasional around-town clunkiness taking off.

Sealing the GTI’s reputation as one of the new turbocharged engines is respectable use of about eight or nine per 100 kilometres around town. helped by the good stop-start that temporarily shuts the engine when stationary.

that’s more than the 6.2L/100km average, it’s very good, considering the on offer.

On the road

Despite its bones, the Golf GTI feels performance car on the road. Grip the 18-inch Bridgestones is great also come with tyres), allowing for brisk and cornering. The GTI chews through a set of with surprising pace.

just as at home in a sweeping as it is punching out of a tight hairpin, that has the electronic differential to apportion drive to the wheel traction.

Just as impressive is its well-tuned which has some requisite and resistance to leaning when on, but manages to dispose of road and settle quickly after It’s a polished all rounder is just as home in pockmarked streets as it is on a flowing, challenging of blacktop.

The GTI is relatively quiet hushing wind and tyre while allowing the rortiness of the to occasionally waft into the

While it’s sending all its through the front wheels (the upcoming Golf R drive all four wheels), it so with efficiency, helped by its electronics that occasionally a brake delicately to contain any wheelspin and keep the car powering out of a bend.


Few cars the all-round polish of the Golf A fantastic engine, great and upmarket interior combine reasonable value to make it the hot-hatch pick.

As for Volkswagen’s and customer service issues, experience and feedback suggest the has stepped up, although there’s room to improve. While may be enough to make us think about shelling out for some we’d happily line up for a

Vital statistics

Price (manual), $43,990 (auto), on-road and dealer costs

162kW at 4500-6200rpm

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