The Golf is an icon. The Golf GTI is just as famous, in its own right. The GTI is the original performance variant of the Golf, originally releasing in 1976, only a couple years after the original did. Many decades later, the Golf R would be introduced, an all-out racing variant of the Golf.
Let us walk you through why the Golf GTI is a fantastic in-between and, more importantly, an excellent hatchback.
With a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that puts out 228 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque, the Golf GTI is right quick. Combined with a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual, bigger brakes than previous years, and a limited-slip differential, the GTI is fun to drive. The steering in particular reacts well to finesse with incredible responsivity and comforting firmness. For those who like to drive stick, this clutch pedal is one of the best in recent memory, with a communicative feel when pushing the Golf GTI to its limits, but also light enough to not be tiring when in heavy traffic. It also has a hill-hold assist for those uncomfortable with inclines.
When it comes to performance variants of vehicles, auto manufacturers strip away ‘unnecessary’ features in the name of improved times and specs. This isn’t so with the Golf GTI. Volkswagen decided to include the best of both worlds, giving the Golf GTI comfortable and roomy seating, a comprehensive suite of driver assists, and perhaps our favorite feature (unique to the Autobahn trim), adjustable dampers. With the dampers enabled, the ride quality unparalleled. You can devour the road in the GTI without worrying about every bump sending jolts through your seat.
Interested in the Golf GTI? We don’t blame you. Schedule a time to come in and take one for a spin.