Volkswagen Golf GTI - Hitting the Mark
Text by Jackson Toh, 9tro
Singapore - For those still confused with the various 'Mk'(s) given to each iteration of Volkswagen's extremely popular Golf GTI range, unofficially known as the Mk7.5, it denotes a facelift of the iconic hot hatch. And with this nip-and-tuck, the GTI gets a slew of updates to ensure it stays at the top of the highly competitive segment.
Right off the bat you would notice a subtle styling revision with new bumpers, wheels, updated infotainment system along with even more standard and optional equipment thrown in for good measure.
Perhaps the biggest allure of the Golf GTI is just how versatile it is, be it on a track or as a daily driver, the Volkswagen comes well equipped with both creature comforts and performance bits like dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel, an 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, 18-inch alloy wheels, an extended electronic differential lock (XDL) and adaptive chassis control.
Under the bonnet the GTI now runs a retooled 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four that pumps out 227hp with 350Nm of torque, 10 more horses than the pre-facelift. 0-100 timings are dispatched in 6.4 seconds before topping out at 249km/h.
While by today's standards it might not sound like much, it is enough to ensure that the GTI is properly quick off the lights while the abundant mid-range torque will continue to pull the Golf strongly throughout the rev range. The engine strikes a delicate balance with the chassis making sure either does not overwhelm the other.
Thankfully VW has opted to stick with the trusty 6-speed dual-clutch, which offers up super quick shifts and behaves more like a manual than an automatic as it holds the gears for better response when the situation arises.
Taking the GTI onto the streets though is where everything falls into place, this hot hatch still sets the benchmark in its class, it does just about everything you demand brilliantly. In the mood for some spirited driving? The GTI has got your back with its handling poise and precise steering. Or how about just a comfortable daily commute to and fro work? The GTI does that just as well.
Getting into the cabin you will be greeted by the new high-definition infotainment screen as well as a fully digital instrument cluster that incorporates a host of vital information into the tacho and speedo rings. Topping that off is a thick-rimmed wheel and supportive sport seats to really drive the message home.
Thus to answer our earlier question, is the new Mk7.5 Golf GTI even better? Yes it is. If you are looking for a fast, refined hot hatch that can double up for work and play, the Volkswagen Golf GTI can't be beat!
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