The Golf GTI is still the Ultimate Hot Hatch,
according to fans and critics alike. Some have fond memories dating
back to the Golf Mark 1 and 2, while other have more recently
experienced the thrills of owning the Golf V or VI GTI’s.
With its latest GTI incarnation, the Golf VII
GTI has set the bench mark once more in performance driven hatches
and has been praised by critics. Below is an extract from Car
Magazine on the vehicle’s first test drive.
“It was all going so well. The rain from the
previous few days had ceased, giving the air in Cape Town a crisp
freshness, my morning coffee had been particularly good and the
line-up of brand-new Volkswagen Golf GTIs parked invitingly at the
meeting point of the local launch promised so much.
A choice of red, white or black, the same
colours as were available when the original Mk1 GTi was launched
back in 1976, a top-selling DSG transmission model selected and the
first directions for the launch route received, we were ready to
The one thing you quickly realize while driving
the newest models is that many fellow motorists, enthusiasts and
detractors of the VW brand know the new car when they see it. And
this applies especially to the new GTI. I’m happy to report that
there’s at least a new (standard) 18-inch wheel design (even if the
pointy bits on the new alloys face in opposite directions depending
on which side of the car you’re looking at) and I appreciate the
fact that the GTI rides 15 mm lower to the ground than the standard
car. The signature red nose highlight has been extended through each
headlamp cluster and there’s now GTI badging posted on the front
Heading north out of Cape Town, things
continued to go well. The slick six-speed DSG transmission goes
about its business in a seamless, non-intrusive manner, while the
well-appointed cabin is an altogether nice place to be.
The seventh-generation Golf GTI is the third
generation to make use of Volkswagen’s EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre
engine. Re-engineered, while including a new cylinder head that
incorporates a water-cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system,
in this application there’s 162 kW on offer. More significant,
especially considering the outgoing Mk6 GTI 35 edition already
boasted 11 kW more than this, is a fairly substantial 70 N.m
increase in torque over the previous-generation GTI (50 N.m up on
the 35 edition). 350 N.m is now available at a low 1 500 r/min.
Combine this with the weight savings gained by the new platform and
the new car feels that much sprightlier than the model it replaces.
150-odd km of open, traffic-free Cape Winelands
roads covered and the new GTI was already impressing with it
all-round refinement, comfort and flexibility.“
To book a test drive or for more info
about the latest Golf VII GTI, contact Riaan Sprong on 044