2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Do we really need to introduce the Volkswagen Golf? Now 40 years and seven generations on, the latest Golf is all-new and finally here. And, what better way to get acquainted than with the “original hot hatchback” GTI!
The look is all evolutionary and more mainstream than the last GTI. In both two and four door, length and width bump up, with the front wheels pushed almost two inches forward by VW’s new MQB modular chassis, that’s also used by the Audi A3.
The growth outside leads to more room inside, where backseat space remains very ample, and cargo capacity now rivals a mid-size car.
The GTI also sees gains in horsepower, now 210 from its 2.0 liter turbo I4. A Performance Package adds-on ten more, and includes an electronic limited slip differential; a first for a front-wheel drive car.
To drive, the GTI feels stiffer; agile with just a touch of heft. And the extra power bumps enjoyment up, as well. Steering is on the numb side, but better than the A3.
Transmissions include a smooth shifting six speed manual, or a quick shifting six speed dual-clutch automatic.
A new, standard touchscreen infotainment system improves livability, and stands as the centerpiece to a higher quality interior.
With a 1.8-liter Golf TSI and diesel TDI to follow, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is now on sale at about $25,000 for a two door in new base “S” trim.
Engine: 2.0 liter turbo I4
Price: About $25,000