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Volkswagen Golf GTE

X Factor

Price: $43,990 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 162kW/350Nm turbo petrol | 6sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 6.6 | tested: 9.2 l/100km


Hot are, well, pretty hot now — they’re everywhere you

Got a small budget to work The $20,990 Barina RS might be bag. Want to spend six-figure bonus on something Perhaps take a look at the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.

And there s in-between, in price, style and like Hyundai s Veloster the sublime M135i. Ford s Focus ST. the venerable WRX STI. the Fiesta ST. Renault s Megane RS.

208 Swift Sport the list on.

But let s not forget what started the hot hatch ‘thing’. The Volkswagen GTI.

Now in its seventh generation, the GTI is arguably the best it has ever Comfortable, yet capable. Sporty, yet

The price/equipment ratio has also tweaked, making the new GTI $2500 than the model it replaces, but in some extra gear.

The seventh-gen GTI has very good and that’s particularly evident the cabin.

The interior is just as as any other Mk7 Golf (in other it’s class-leading), and the tartan upholstery is a GTI hallmark.

Other include the stainless-faced pedals, steering wheel (which is one of the we’ve gripped all year), headliner and red contrast stitching on the gearlever and steering wheel.

an unpretentious interior, and a comfortable one at

Being based on a small has its virtues when it comes to packaging, and the Golf GTI can swallow adults with ease.

But the is on the driver in the GTI. At the workbench, are well served by thickly not overbearingly) bolstered seats and a range of adjustment to the seat and column.

Passengers are equally looked-after. It’s an accommodating that’s for sure.

Key interior

Tartan cloth upholstery, headliner exclusive to GTI

Flat-bottomed sports steering

Satellite navigation, dual-zone control, cruise control, audio/phone standard

Rear air

Boot capacity 380 litres, litres with rear folded

For overall performance, the new GTI is and bounds better than its

Firstly (and most there’s the extra oomph VW’s 2.0 litre turbo four.

Compared to the Mk6 GTI. the new car has 7kW power and a whopping 70Nm torque, tallying up to a total of and 350Nm.

Though not the most hot hatch in the circa-$40k region award goes to the 195kW RS 265), it’s more enough for some really spirited driving.

The standard is a six-speed manual, but our tester with the $2500 twin-clutch We like the manual, but as a performance VW’s twin-clutch is hard to

Low-speed engagement can be a bit iffy trying to crawl through jams, but when underway are lightning-fast.

All it takes is a tap on the steering paddles to row through the gears, upchanges accompanied by a pronounced from the exhaust. Downchanges, are perfectly rev-matched.

The gearbox takes power to the wheels with the aid of VW’s XDL which uses the brakes to the effect of a limited-slip differential. Out on the it works well, with the wheel braked just to curb wheelspin.

Torque is also blissfully absent.

The reason why the GTI is such a satisfying is its chassis.

For the Mk7, VW Australia has the previously optional adjustable part of the standard equipment and it works wonders.

Sport is a bit rough for the everyday, but Comfort is versatile.

We like it for its ability to out small lumps and bumps in the yet still maintain good control on twisty roads. mode though is far preferable to Normal or the harder Sport

But when the road gets Sport mode comes its own. The suspension firms up, responsiveness is increased and body-roll is non-existent.

The steering also becomes in Sport mode, which may not be to s taste. For us though, we found the configuration required some

Borrowing from sister Audi, the Mk7 GTI now allows the driver to set own “Individual” drive mode to settings for the engine/trans, suspension and

Us? We liked to have the engine set to suspension set to Comfort and the steering set to

The combination is unbeatable on a winding road. Compliant enough to with ratty, poorly roads, with outstanding response and steering that’s at the “Goldilocks point” between and light.

Driven hard in mode, the GTI is almost perfect.

on its feet with good through the electrically-assisted and variable-ratio plenty of resistance to understeer and a that’s as playful as you want it to be.

Volkswagen Golf GTE


2.0 turbo intercooled petrol 162kW/350Nm

6-speed twin-clutch DSG automatic

wheel drive

Switchable control, Multi-mode Drive Control

MacPherson Strut multi-link rear suspension

brakes, sliding calipers

rating: 5/5 Stars — model scored 35.92 out of 37 points.

Safety features: control, stability control ABS, EBD, brake seven airbags (dual side, full-length curtain and knee).


The GTI is the original hot hatch, and the best.

“best” can mean many But, to our mind, a hot hatch spends a good part of its as an everyday driver has to balance with practicality, comfort and

And the seventh-gen Golf GTI does so

It’s not the sharpest FWD hot hatch out (remember the Megane RS 265 we mentioned nor is it the heaviest hitter in terms of (that falls to the $38k ST).

But it’s the midpoint the two in just about every and that’s a pretty happy Buy one.

PRICING (excludes on-road

Golf GTI 6 Speed Manual $41,490

Golf GTI 6 Speed DSG $43,990

Golf GTI Performance — $47,990 (arrives

Metallic / Pearl Effect $500

Panoramic electric sunroof $1,850

Bi-Xenon with LED daytime driving $2,150

Vienna leather upholstery $3,150

Driver package $1,300

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