There’s no denying that one of Britain’s most popular hot hatches is still the car that started off the trend: the Volkswagen Golf GTi. Now in its eighth generation, the latest model looks stunning and boasts an array of features and technological innovations.
What’s more, the mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTi will also become a timeless classic in the future, much like the mk1 and the mk5 today. If you’re itching to buy a new car and you want something that looks sleek and has power that packs a punch, here’s why you need a GTi:
1. “That” Badge
There’s nothing quite like seeing a VW Golf GTi parked on your driveway and admiring the “GTi” badge fitted to the front honeycomb grille and on the rear tailgate. Volkswagen made it plain and simple for other people to see that your Golf is exceptional.
They don’t need to slap on loads of different badges on the car like ‘turbo’ or some other special edition monikers. The shiny red GTi badge enveloped by a slither of chrome is enough.
2. Power When You Need It
It’s no secret that previous iterations of the Volkswagen Golf GTi is no slouch on the road, and the eight-generation is no exception.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0 TSI power plant that boasts 245 PS (242 bhp in old money). It’ll get you from zero to 62 mph in a mere 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
3. Razor-Sharp DSG Gear Changes
Volkswagen’s DSG (direct-shift gearbox) isn’t like a standard automatic gearbox. It’s more of a manual transmission but without the delayed responses of conventional automatics. The mk8 GTi’s DSG offers the sharpest gear changes yet.
Plus, when you get into the driver’s seat, there’s even a smaller selector lever which Volkswagen say “guarantees fun behind the wheel without any interruptions.”
4. You Can Afford It
Thanks to companies like Stable Vehicle Contracts, you can get behind the wheel of a brand new Volkswagen Golf GTi without selling an arm or a leg to pay for it. And being a GTi, it’s a car that will hold its value well if you decide to buy the vehicle outright.
Now there’s no reason not to drive around in a magnificent example of modern German vehicle engineering!
5. It’s Like Piloting a Tesla
When you sit in the driver’s seat, you can’t help but notice the level of technology facing you. For a start, there’s the “Discover” infotainment system which you can also pair with optional satellite navigation. It even boasts a HUD (head-up display).
Of course, you can do the usual things like pairing your phone with it for handsfree calling and Bluetooth music streaming.
If you want a hot hatch that offers the right mix of power and technology, the Volkswagen Golf GTi is the right car for you. It looks smart, handles great, and as you’d expect from such a sporty model, everything has a premium feel and quality.