The ultimate hot hatch. Seldom one of the most exciting, a lot of appealing or best-handling automobile in its class, yet normally the most sophisticated and desirable, the Golf GTI has actually been around in some kind or an additional because the mid-Seventies, when it was dreamt up by a team of simply 6 chaps working after-hours. It was an immediate hit – VW planned to construct 5,000 of them, however wound up offering 6 times that in the area of simply one year.
Now 45 years and also more than 2 million GTIs later on, the world is gearing up for the launch of the eighth-generation Golf, with its mild-hybrid powertrains and touchscreen-heavy inside. You can read our complete testimonial by clicking these words. There will be a brand-new, Mk8 Golf GTI, obviously, based upon the same system and making use of the same engine, but the Mk7 GTI isn’t rather dead yet. You can still buy (and also certainly specification) one. As well as there are still several, numerous reasons why that’s exactly what you ought to do.
Released in 2014 then upgraded in 2017, the Mk7 GTI adhered to the instead good Mk6 and incredibly great Mk5 (the less said about the Golf Mk3 and Mk4 the better …). It’s based upon the very same ‘MQB’ platform as numerous Skodas, Seats and also Audis and also, yes, the brand-new Golf.
Back when it was new you had a selection of GTIs – there was the standard automobile, then there was the ‘Efficiency Load’, which included power as well as a trick diff’. Today the Performance Pack is the base vehicle, the cars and truck reviewed below, but you can upgrade to the marginally extra hardcore TCR (of which you can check out a complete testimonial right here) if you have the ways. The hand-operated gearbox died when WLTP exhausts guidelines began, so currently all GTIs are DSG just. The three-door is dead as well, however that’s ok, as the five-door is the one you wanted anyway.
The Mk7 GTI uses the exact same 2.0-litre fuel engine as actually every other also reasonably vigorous VW. You can locate it in the Skoda Octavia vRS, the Leon as well as Ateca Cupra, Audi S3 as well as SQ2 and of course the Golf and T-Roc R to name a few. In the GTI Performance it produces 242bhp (in the Cupra it makes as long as 345bhp).
While the Mk7 GTI was certainly quick sufficient when it was introduced 5 years ago, nowadays when it concerns outright power it’s some method behind similarly-priced rivals such as the 270bhp-odd Ford Emphasis ST, Renault Megane RS, and Hyundai i30N. But in spite of being down on power, it’s still quick sufficient – 0-62mph takes 6.2 seconds and it has a full throttle of 155mph.
This is a very good engine – no wonder why VW sticks it in a lot of various cars. It’s capable of so much more than what’s on offer here – drive a 300bhp-plus Golf R or Leon Cupra and you’ll quickly see – indicating the GTI at times feels arbitrarily hamstrung. If you have not driven or been in a Cupra or Golf R after that you won’t observe, yet if you have there’s really no going back.
Certainly those vehicles are four-wheel drive, while in the GTI power is sent out to the front wheels just through a greatly fine seven-speed DSG transmission (the six-speed guidebook, our liked transmission, is no longer offered) and smart electro-hydraulic diff, which offers excellent turn-in and hold. Our examination car had the adaptive dampers, suggesting the trip is flexible even on those chintzy 19-inch alloy wheels.
The GTI is fun to drive, make no mistake, probably more so than the heavier four-wheel drive Golf R, however it’s hardly one of the most interesting cars and truck in its course. It grips as well as goes and also feels light on its feet, but the Ford, Hyundai as well as Megane are livelier and also extra engaging at roadway speeds. What they lack, however, is the Golf’s quality and day-to-day comfort, its feeling of class and classiness. They just aren’t as desirable.
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Sitting in what is essentially the ‘old’ Golf – for manufacturing of the new Mk8 has currently begun – really highlights ergonomic concerns offered by the touchscreens and touch-sensitive surfaces/buttons the car industry is moving towards.
See, the Mk7’s interior is remarkable – it could not look as modern-day as the Mk8’s however it’s very simple to utilize on the move. For the Mk8 VW replaced the majority of the Mk7’s physical switchgear with touch-buttons. From the sunroof to the fronts lights – everything is now either managed with a touch-sensitive button, or through the infomercial system. Doing it by doing this may have given the Mk8 Golf a better-looking inside, however it sure as hell hasn’t given it an easier-to-use inside. Ergonomically-speaking, otherwise technically or cosmetically, the Mk7 Golf’s interior is much better.
Quality is squeaky clean, of course, as well as there are enough GTI-specific bits to make it feel special in below. The guiding wheel, as an example, is one of the best fitted to any kind of ‘regular’ automobile, while the seats are trimmed in standard tartan upholstery. As the hand-operated gearbox is dead, there is no golf-ball equipment bar, which is a shame.
For the 2017 facelift VW upgraded the Golf’s infomercial system – the basic eight-inch system is simply great, no need to update, as it keeps a physical volume handle and also still gets Apple CarPlay/Android Automobile. The digital instrument cluster isn’t fairly as good as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, but all the info you require is plainly displayed and also the display itself has good graphics.
Room is good – the boot is a suitable dimension, and also two grownups can rest comfortably in the rear-seats.
It will not be long prior to VW takes the Mk7 Golf GTI off sale, so if you desire one you ‘d much better rush. Costs start at ₤ 33,180 for the GTI Performance Load, making it pretty pricey for what it is – the Ford Emphasis ST, Renault Megane RS and Hyundai i30N all start at under ₤ 30,000. The TCR costs ₤ 37,830, making it extra expensive than the all-wheel drive, 300bhp-odd Golf R.
At the very least you don’t need to spend much on options – the GTI Efficiency obtains basically every little thing you could desire as basic, from flexible cruise ship control, to electric/heated every little thing by means of a CarPlay-compatible infotainment system. We might consider adding the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) for ₤ 875.
VW asserts 37.7 mpg, which is about right (as well as far better than what you’ll get from the Ford or Hyundai), however if you invest lots of time driving around town expect to average nearer 30mpg. 143g/km of CARBON DIOXIDE isn’t poor either. The guarantee is 3 years/60,000 miles.