2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the car that really started the idea of the hot hatch. The car offered very good performance, practicality and decent gas mileage.
The first generation was such a good car that it was difficult to follow up with a car that could match what is now a legend. The early cars were more driver centric and over the years they have grown soft.
The 2015 VW Golf GTI offers more power than the outgoing model. But, is it worthy of the GTI badge?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is bigger and lighter than the last generation GTI. When you first look at it you will think not much has changed, but park it next to the sixth generation car and you’ll notice the reworked headlights and front facia. The car still has flowing lines, but is now more angular than the outgoing model.
From the back you find that the hatchback has an almost flat back. This helps provide more cargo space inside. The rear is highlighted by the large VW logo and the dual tail pipes, letting people know that this is not your normal hatch.
The interior of this hot hatchback is what you would expect in a modern VW. The materials used are of good quality and it has a solid and not plasticky feel to it.
Leather seats with colored stitching are available and help give the car a higher end feel. The sports car inspired steering wheel begs you to drive it hard in the corners and the supportive seat bolsters help hold you in place while doing that. The interior gives you a sports car feel, until you look back and see all of the space you have available.
For the 2015 VW Golf GTI you get 10 more horsepower than the last generation GTI. The new 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine puts out 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For about an extra $1,500 you can add on the performance package which brings this up to 220 horsepower.
Combine this higher amount of power with the fact that the new car is 82 pounds lighter than the previous car and you get a pretty quick little vehicle. It can go from 0-60 mph in a very good 6.4 seconds.
If you go for the automatic dual clutch transmission then you get launch control which helps the 0-60 mph time. That is a fine parlor trick, but if you just want to have fun driving then go for the six-speed manual.
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at $24,395, making it a bit of a bargain for a car with good performance and VW build quality.
The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf GTI appears to be getting back to its simple performance roots. With a lighter car and more power it makes for an even hotter hatch. The GTI is a good choose for a practical performance car, but the Ford Focus ST is possible an even better choice.
Desktop wallpaper of the 2015 VW Golf GTI