Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

By on November 3, 2011
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The rabbit has matured with age.

Good: Full toque at low RPMs, DSG gearbox is very sporty, Throaty exhaust, Dual climate Control, Parallel and Reverse parking assists, DYNAUDIO 8 speaker sound system, XDS differential locking, One touch suspension change
Bad: Doesn't have split-second throttle response, Main navigation screen is slow to respond, iPhone 4 media can only be played back by docking cable
Price: AED 130,000 (Full options)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The VW Golf has been a decent family hatch for almost four decades now, and the GTI moniker has been synonymous with the boy racer in all of us since then. The concept is very simple: get a small hatchback, put in a powerful engine, and you’re in for a whole lot of fun. However, as the years progressed, our priorities have also changed. We don’t just want fast anymore, we want safety and practicality as well. And the new Golf GTI seems to take all of this into consideration, but without losing the fun factor much.

From the outside, the new GTI looks very impressive, especially compared to the previous generation Mark V Golf. Whereas those looked like boring old cars driven by elderly folks, the new Golf has a lower, more aggressive stance. Both the front and back look suitably stylish without trying too hard, the LEDs make a lot of difference too.

The iconic “Detroit” wheels have blackened edges on the curved spokes and red colored brake calipers (not to be confused with Brembo!). The 18” alloy wheels are wrapped in 225/40 Bridgestone Potenza tires for some really impressive grip.  The rear has a black diffuser where the two chrome-tipped exhaust pipes show up. Another cool feature is the slightly dark rear passenger and rear window, which completes the sporty look of the car.

Powering the GTI is VW’s in-line 4 cylinder 2 liter TSI turbocharged engine, delivering 210 bhp @ 5,300 – 6,200 rpm and 280 Nm of torque @ 1,700 – 5,200 rpm. All of this combined with the 6-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox propels the GTI from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

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