Golf GTI: used car buying guide - What's it like?
The fifth generation of Golf GTI builds on the success of its predecessors to produce one of the greatest hot hatches ever bolted together. It has virtually no weaknesses, and is a genuine used bargain.
As soon as you get behind the wheel, you get a sense of what all the fuss is about. At lower speeds it's easy to handle, with a perfectly composed ride, accurate steering and light controls. However, make good use of the 197bhp turbocharged engine and the car comes alive, combining rapid acceleration, masses of grip and sublime handling.
Luckily the GTI is still a Golf at heart, so practicality and reliability come as standard. The cabin brings sport seats and trim, yet it remains a comfortable place to travel. With space for five and a decent boot it ticks the family transport box, too. It will cost more to buy than some rivals, but there are enough cars on the market to make it easy to find an affordable one.