For decades, enthusiasts accept fawned over and flocked to the Volkswagen GTI. Sure, it’s gotten bigger, heavier, and added technologically advanced, but it’s still remained the enthusiasts' choice--the aboriginal hot hatchback.
But lately, the competition’s accepting added angry with the new, and awful able Subaru WRX and able Ford Focus ST.
So, how does this new seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI assemblage up?
First things first, the powertrain. Beneath the awning of the 2015 GTI you’ll acquisition a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now rated at 210 application and 258 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the Achievement Backpack and you’ll accretion 10 application but no added torque. Ability is beatific to the foreground auto through either a accepted six-speed chiral or the absurd dual-clutch DSG transmission.
Not that a lot of achievement enthusiasts care, but the GTI is able of an EPA-rated 34 mpg artery rating. That's absorbing for such a fun car.
Behind the wheel, the GTI warps the rules of how front-wheel-drive cars behave abreast the limit. Haters will hate, but this is automotive parkour in 2015. There’s a ambush electronically operated cogwheel up foreground on performance-package cars that makes the GTI cull through corners in a way a front-wheel-drive car shouldn’t. Pass on that amalgamation and you get an cyberbanking cogwheel that uses the brakes to alteration torque. It's not terrible, but if you plan to clue your GTI, you’ll wish that achievement pack.
Then there's the electric ability steering--it's about flawless. There’s acceptable feedback, which helps you constrict those curve and hit those bound hairpins. There's almost any torque beacon here, either.
VW’s dual-clutch chiral is terrific, but the chiral gearbox is abundant added fun. It has an easy-to-modulate clutch--good for circadian driving--and while the bond is a little imprecise, the shifter glides accurately amid gears. Braking’s a little touchy, but already you get acclimated to it, the stoppers feel confident.
The GTI is…well, let's alarm it understated. That’s fine, because you’re an adult, right? There’s a adventurous little red band that runs through the grille, altered wheels, and a added advancing foreground bumper, but this is absolutely a sporty-looking Golf.
The autogenous is added of a home run. It's one of the best in baby hatchbacks. The abstracts are deeply fitted, well-coordinated and the surfaces feel acceptable to the touch.
These foreground seats are not alone well-bolstered but abundantly sized and absolutely comfortable. There’s no Recaro advantage like the Focus ST, but we’re accomplished with that. The active position is a bit low for our tastes, and afterimage gets cut by the blubbery C-pillars.
In aback there’s a bit added amplitude than you ability remember--and if there's just one or two of you, you'll accept lots of amplitude for weekend bags, back the GTI's rear seats bend down.
The GTI starts from just beneath $25,000 and comes well-equipped with 18-inch admixture wheels, a touchscreen infotainment arrangement and authentication checkerboard bolt seats. Load it up with the achievement package, a ability disciplinarian seat, and a across-the-board sunroof, and you’ll be adverse a amount tag of just beneath $36,000.
So what’s the basal band with the 2015 Volkswagen GTI? It's one of those attenuate cars that makes you feel like a active hero--no amount your accomplishment level.