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Volkswagen Golf GTi car review
VW Golf GTI Hatchback 2.0GTI 3-door 115bhp
Member Name: xKelseyx
VW Golf GTI Hatchback 2.0GTI 3-door 115bhp
Date: 13/04/12, updated on 13/04/12 (193 review reads)
Advantages: 0-62mph In 7.2 Seconds With A Top Speed Of 146 Mph.
Disadvantages: Expensive Car
The Volkswagen Golf GTi 2 Litre has got to be one of the best hatchbacks out there! Over the last 30 years we have seen five consecutive Volkswagen Golfs thrive and push to the top of the car market and smash all its competitors clean out of the way, And I'd say the new Volkswagen Golf Gti has got to be the best one yet! Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful if you are considering purchasing a GTi.
Outside Visuals 9/10
Unlike any other performance cars the GTi has never been fully loaded out with big over the top body kits, With Volkswagen preferring to keep it nice and simple. Of course but we have the original black hunni comb grill with that recognizable famous red edging running around it. Nice deep front and rear bumpers, A stunning chrome exhaust and a GTi badge on the boot lid separate this GTi to any of its lesser models. A nice wee advantage to buying this car is the the 17 inch alloys come as standard BUT if you want to be real flashy then you could go for the fabulous 18 Inch Monza alloys that are bound to turn heads in the street as you cruise by! The GTi is just one of those cars that looks immense in the color white, A real sight for sore eyes as they would say.
Inside Visuals 8/10
When you purchase a Volkswagen then you really are getting what you pay for, A top quality fit and finish with stylish black and grey plastics. The dials are easily readable and come in a red and electro blue colour that really looks good on the eye. But because this is the GTi, Volkswagen had to go one better! They have installed a flat bottomed steering wheel with a stunning chrome GTi band around the bottom spoke and some nice and shiny chrome pedals, gear knob and handbrake. The GTi comes standard with the original tartan that has always came with GTi's or you can upgrade to leather. Either way, I think both are very comfortable.
Practicality doesn't mean plain old boring! The latest golfs have a wealth of room inside, with lots of head and leg room for back and front seat passengers. The boot can holds 350 liters with the back seats in place, Moving up to an impressive 1,305 when the back seats are folded.
How It Rides And Handles 10/10
The steering is immensely responsive, one little pull to either side and the GTi really grips the road. It responds to the tiniest of inputs through its leather steering wheel. There's just an amazing feeling when this car cuts through low and high speed corners without making a fuss. Even with the optional 18 inch Monza alloys with low profile tyres it really can soak up some of the deepest speed bumps without creating too much of a fuss.
For most performance is the reason for GTi ownership. And in its MK5 guise it wont let you down. It will easily reach 0-62mph in an amazing 7.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 146 mph. Its 197 bhp 2 litre turbo charged power plant it really does have masses of power.Even in sixth gear which makes over taking a doddle and most importantly enjoyable as you know you have the pulling power to safely do so.
Running Costs 7/10
At more than £20,000 before you even get an extra, The GTi is no doubt alot of money to spend on a car. So you would expect low running costs, But you could be wrong. Volkswagen say the GTi will cover just over 35 mpg, which would be pretty expensive to run, but you need to remember this is a performance car so it can be expected. Emissons 189g/km puts the GTi way up there in the second highest band f, Currently costing £205 a year. New golfs also come with a three year 60,000 miles guarantee and 3 year paint work and 12 year bodywork cover, Thats not bad at all.
Golfs are designed to last. But as performance cars go, you really should have all the paper work when buying a GTi second hand in case it has been thrashed and crashed. So paperwork is vital.
The GTi scored a full 5 stars in the EuroNCAP crash test program. Which is always good to know!
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Summary: If You Have The Money To Spend This Is A Really Good Car You Would Enjoy Driving.