The VW Golf GTI beautifully blends practicality with performance in a package that’s more refined than ever. It is not easy to carry the weight of expectation laid on by its predecessors, but our drive confirms that the current model remains true to its DNA in every way and is a delight to drive. We bring you some highlights from our drive experience.
The Golf GTI doesn’t stray far from its roots, retaining the classic, understated silhouette that fans have come to love. However, the new LED headlights and the redesigned front grille give it a modern, aggressive look. The 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust tips add a sporty touch that subtly screams performance.
Step inside, and you’re greeted by a cabin that’s both sporty and luxurious. The plaid seats are a nostalgic nod to the GTI’s heritage, while the digital cockpit and 10-inch infotainment screen bring you back to the present. Quality materials and excellent craftsmanship are evident throughout, making it a comfortable space for both short commutes and long drives.
The Golf GTI is packed with tech features that make driving both easier and more enjoyable. The digital cockpit is customizable, allowing you to display a variety of information, from navigation maps to performance metrics while the sound system delivers crisp, clear audio.
The Adaptive Cruise Control made our highway driving down Sheikh Zayed Road a breeze. The Dynamic Chassis Control helps customize the car’s driving dynamics while the Lane Assist provides an extra layer of safety.
Under the hood lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The GTI is quick off the line and offers plenty of mid-range torque, making overtaking effortless. The steering is precise, and the car handles corners with aplomb, thanks in part to its well-tuned suspension.
The VW Golf GTI proves that you can have it all: performance, practicality, and a dash of luxury. Whether you’re an automotive journalist like me or a driving enthusiast, this car ticks all the right boxes. It’s a well-rounded vehicle that lives up to its reputation, making it a compelling option for anyone in the market for a hot hatch.