Golf GTI - The Hot Hatch to Love






If you thought your days of owning a VW sports car were numbered once you started having kids, the Golf GTI could be the car of your dreams. Considered a “hot hatch”.

The car has a family hatchback style, with a powerful engine, improved suspension, aerodynamic body parts and larger 18″ wheels and tires. The newest version of the car, available in three models, is already winning awards as it delivers the power drivers expect.

What to look for in the Golf GTI

The Golf GTI is available in three models, the S, the SE and the four-door Autobahn. Additionally, there are more feature packs to let you customize your car.

Performance features on the Golf GTI

All models come standard with 2.0 L TSI, 16-valve, DOHC, turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine with intercooler and FSI direct fuel injection, 210 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque.

The Performance Package increases power to 220 HP, adds larger brakes and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential with torque sensing.

SE and Autobahn models with the Performance Package also offer the dynamic tampering system called Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while an automatic with Tiptronic, sport mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is an available option on all three models.

Golf GTI put to the test

The Golf GTI recently won the “Cheap Speed ​​​​Challenge” sponsored by, a competition available for compact hatchbacks, coupes and sedans that cost less than R$100,000 and have performance features.

Experts from, MotorWeek, USA Today and a real performance car buyer evaluated eight candidates in a series of tests conducted on a closed track and various roads to simulate driving real.

Testing included:

  • 0-60 mph times and quarter-mile times and speeds
  • Braking distance from 60 mph to 0
  • 200 miles of street and highway driving
  • Round-robin driving for street driving, so each expert can evaluate all cars in the test group consecutively

The results? According to Joe Weisenfelder, executive editor of, “the new Volkswagen Golf GTI not only offers the best performance, but is also one of the most comfortable.

The GTI outperformed most cars by just What’s more, unlike some of Cheap Speed’s other competitors, the GTI offers an impressively spacious, high-quality interior and is a lot of fun to drive.”

Performance, Safety and Practicality

What this means for you as a Golf GTI driver is that the car will deliver the speed you need on the road, whether you’re commuting to work, taking your kids to soccer practice or cruising the open road.

Because the new model is made from stronger and lighter ultra-high-strength steel, you will find that the car offers improved handling as well as better mileage.

When equipped with standard features, plus a driver assistance package that includes forward collision warning and park distance control (PDC) with front and rear proximity sensors.

The car is so safe that it is a 2014 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). When searching for new Volkswagen cars, consider the Golf GTI for the ideal performance car for the whole family.

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