Volkswagen Golf GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear 3/4 static
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Driver's diplay
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Centre console
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Boot
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Rear 3/4 static
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Driver's diplay
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Centre console
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 2021 Boot
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Introduction

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What do the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Rubik's Cube have in common? Very little, if we’re honest, apart from the fact that both were launched in the mid-Seventies and have been enduringly successful.

While the design of that famous little cube has only been tweaked occasionally since then, VW has had to reinvent the Golf GTI continually over the years. Can you believe this is the eighth generation of its seminal hot hatchback? Well, it is, so keep reading if you want to find out whether this icon is still, well, iconic.

Well, the Mk8 Golf GTI comes with a 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which, as usual, drives the front wheels. To please all the enthusiasts, there's a six-speed manual gearbox (which comes as standard) for added driver interaction, or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for more everyday usability.

Usability is still a big part of the Golf GTI's brief, but VW also claims that the Mk8 is the sharpest GTI yet through the twisty bits. If it’s still not quite sharp enough for you, there’s always the GTI Clubsport, which gets a huge power hike to 296bhp as well as a raft of suspension upgrades.

Read through this VW Golf GTI review to discover whether it hits the spot and, if it does, don’t forget that we can take all the effort out of buying your new car. If that sounds good, check out the free What Car? New Car Buying service for a great hassle-free deal which could potentially save you thousands, including some great new Volkswagen deals. We also have a separate, comprehensive VW Golf review.

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RRP price range £34,175 - £35,695
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 38.2 - 38.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £470 / £2,892
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £940 / £5,783
Available colours