Volkswagen Golf GTI Review
Volkswagen Golf is one of the best and most popular mid-range economy hatchback of the world, at the same time it is stylish enough to be produced with a GTI variant. For more than 30 years, VW has been producing GTI with reforming the Golf model and adding the powerful engine for superb performance. The practical car is oriented to render the fun in drive, with desirable styling cues in refreshed and advanced car. The GTI version stormed the market firstly in 1974 and created the 'hot hatch' market segment. Although the modern standard does not match with the output figures of goal, but still the agile and nimbleness in performance of car are regarded as respectable in its segment complemented with other features. Since its inception, there have been seven generation, where each generation showed the better respected performance than previous one which made its graph go higher. One of most awarded car of year is built to outperform. The refreshed car comes in its single incarnation and equipped with the 2.0-litre TSI engine generating the 218 hp of power while providing fast acceleration and exhilarating performance. The peak torque is produced at 350 Nm at 1500-4000 rpm. The engine comes mated with six speed DSG transmission which is available with front wheel drive. The car dies not prevaricate and offers the ample of practicality while the multi point fuel injection allows it ton achieve the better consumption figures lying at 10.63 in city condition and 14.45 kmpl on highways. The engine allows to achieve the top speed of 244 kmph while crossing the speed of 100 kmph in 6.5 seconds, which is a tremendous figure for any dedicated hatchback.
In terms of the exterior, Golf GTI undergoes some heavy changes over the standard Golf over the front and rear fascia which comprise honeycomb black grill, air intakes housing fog lamps, sides lines and bonnet lines, rear tail light carved elegantly with tailgate and twin exhaust pipes. The car posses the level of plush interiors which is crafted elegantly with better craftsmanship. The car greets with heated and powerful seat which is adjustable while steering wheel offers the ample of control while trimmed with leather. The rear seats is also comfortable with ample legroom and headroom while the elbow room is also increased with wider stance. The range of equipments at dashboard makes it easy and joyful to drive for long while the ample of safety feature makes the car safe and envelops the occupants with cage of safety. Overall, the car need no recognition, the name Golf GTI is suffice to meet the expectation of consumers.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The car makes up for an overwhelming experience with the immense power emanating from 2.0-litre engine under the hood. The engine runs dual fuel injection system, delivering its mixture directly into combustion chamber. The advance technology engine puts the fuel consumption of 10.63 in city traffic while the 14.45 kmpl in highway driving with less gear shifting.
The 2.0-litre four cylinder TSI engine is tuned to perform well where the power is sent to front wheel with short throw six speed MT while automatic transmission is optional. The engine makes the more relaxed experience where the bump power is remarkable. The engine generates the power output of 218 hp along with the peak torque of 350 Nm at 1500-4000 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
The new GTI is capable of putting away sprint of 0-100 kmph within 6.5 secs while allows to achieve the top speed of 155 kmph. The car offers the better performance which translates into better figures.
The subtle changes of the car is given with the knick knack changes given to then exterior. The wider, lower and sharper look like a MK 6 carved with chisel. The well balanced proportions looks impressive with the red character lines running through headlamps makes its more attractive. The front fascia possess wide flat carved grille which is embellished with the company's logo. The wider bonnet addresses crease lines which goes to its A pillars giving the inception to exterior mirrors integrated with LED turn indicators. The side sills and surface lines on the sides makes your eyes drift towards rear. The rear is quipped with tail lights which is beautifully designed and carved elegantly with tailgate which makes it the epitome of craftsmanship. The impressive rump shows dual exhaust twin pipes which manifests the dynamic prowess. Taking a deeper look, the radiator grille makes the everlasting impression while deep bumper with large air dam and strip of red trim makes influences nose of the car. The low key treatment continues to back with small roof mounted spoiler where the binge antenna is mounted delicately to give better connectivity inside. Further in order to improve visibility, LED fog lights direct a wide and low beam of light on the road and roadsides while rear lights is fitted with sensors making the enhanced safety .
The iconic Golf GTi posses most of the changes in its dimensions where the silhouette lies at the dimension of 4268mm x 1799mm x 1442mm (L x W x H) with wheelbase of 2631 mm.
The proud styling of interior is shows its visual and tactile performance in dressing the interior of the car. The interior does not possess massive changes while the combination of design and functions are there to make you feel comfortable inside. The multi functional steering wheel is one of the important addition in the car where the mounted controls shows the impressive performance. The added features comprise ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights while impressive range of equipments are also offered elegantly. Golf GTi's cabin surpasses the competitors with sleek, quiet, high quality interior while the cloth sport seats and heated front seats makes the level of comfort. Front seat are supportive while more shoulder room makes enough relax. Front dashboard is built with soft touch material which houses the electronic speedometer, tachometer, odometer and trip meter while the multi functional display makes the ease to operate the navigation control and audio system.
As you get inside the heated power adjustable front seats greets you with embrace. The center console makes the ample of comfort to keep things while the leather trimmed steering wheel makes the better grip and eases the operation of frequently used controls. In order to give you the place to keep bottle and drinks the 2 cupholder at center console and 2 at rear armrest is offered while climatronic 2 zone air conditioner system with rear air conditioning vent is integrated with dust and pollen filter. Further driving mode selection makes its easy to adapt with the vehicle speed which makes it achieve better performance. The cubby hole between rear seats makes the flexibility while the front seat passenger is offered th retractable folder allowing to keep all magazines, maps and framework.
The car offers the ample of space inside to feel less fatigue in long drive. The ample of leg room and headroom is offered with the increased comfort while the variable boot system allows to change the height of boot in accordance with the luggage being loaded. The lower position gives the maximum space with flat floor while the numerous stowage places also makes its easy to keep things safely. The car offers the bootspace of 380 litres.
Engine and Performance
VW offers the level of performance with its engine which is not only emboldened over paper but also induces the practicality. The car is available in its single variant which is embodied with the powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine generating the power output of 218 hp with the peak torque of 350 Nm at 1500-4000 rpm. The engine is available with six speed manual transmission and allows the engine to catch the top speed of 155 kmph while crossing the speedmark of 100 kmph within 6.5 secs. The engine uses the multi point fuel injection system which allows it to achieve the better fuel economy. Here the cars puts the decent fuel consumption figures which lies at 10.63 kmpl in city traffic while the 14.45 kmpl in the long driving on highway.
Stereo and Accessories
The car offers the range of entertainment features which includes the premium navigation and entertainment system. The extra ordinary in car sound system features the supreme sound. Its discover media system provides the best entertainment and driver assistance while the impressive map navigation features calculated routes over 5.8 inch touch screen. The personal soundtrack can be enjoyed with the multi device interface which is tucked away neatly and and securely.
The overall silhouette of the car looks impressive while the 18 inch Austin alloy wheels with Red brake callipers reinforces the dynamic looks of the car.
Braking and Handling
The car is equipped with disc brakes for front and solid brake for rear which is further empowered with anti lock brake system ensuring the prevention of skidding in slippery condition. The car posses the lowered suspension by 15 mm which is made stiffer. This gives the sportier look and lower ride height while the stiffer spring allows to enjoy improved handling and reduces the body roll. The car comes with electronic stability control mechanism which is equipped with sensors that monitors the speed of wheel where skidding is controlled with reducing the engine power is necessary.
Safety and Security
Volkswagen has long been producing ample of safety features with the enhanced level of safety features. The pre crash safety system is the pro active safety system which identifies the possibility of accident and closes the sunroof and windows. In order to lessen the tramp, the anti tramp function is fitted which ensures the full amount of traction so speed is maintained with the constant contact with the road. The ISOFIX child safety system is also available as standard which fixes directly into compatible fitting. Further driver and knee passenger airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation is available which makes the all round safety while side and head curtain airbags also complements with safety. Moreover ESP,with anti slip regulation, EDL with XDS plus and engine drag torque control is also available as standard.
- Impressive performance
- Decent fuel consumption figures
- Ample of features inside
- Less safe when it comes to handling
- More expensive in its segment
- Heavy Steering