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Volkswagen GOLF HATCHBACK 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG

Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG44.80
  • 0-62mph6.2 secs
  • Top Speed154 mph
  • C02144 g/km
  • BHP245
  • Torque273 lbs/f
  • P11D29%

Review

The Volkswagen Golf GTI wears one of the most iconic badges around and this Mk7 model is a class act. Now available only in this 245PS 'Performance' guise, the GTI is spacious, quick, well built and surprisingly efficient. Three doors or five, manual gearbox or semi-auto, this one's still the best all-rounder in the hot hatch division.

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Want a Volkswagen Golf GTI? Then you probably want one with in uprated 245PS Performance form. Which is just as well because that's the only variant now on offer. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Just as the hot hatch class as a whole has been through lean years and good times, that's also been the case with the Golf GTI. And although it's grown into an automotive icon, there were long periods when the Golf GTI wasn't the best car in its class. That changed with the introduction of the Mk5 back in 2004; a car that saw the Golf charge back to the head of the class. The evolutionary Golf Mk6 continued that trend in 2008 but towards the end of its life, the GTI Mk6 was beginning to come under challenge from a whole host of hugely talented rivals. Volkswagen's answer was this seventh generation Golf GTI, launched in 2013 and updated in 2017. Here's a model that's been redesigned from the ground up and which offers more choice, better value, more efficiency and, in this Performance Pack guise, equipped with more than double the power of the original Golf GTI. That 1976 car was designed to be an affordable and practical performance hatch that you could use every day. Is that the case with this latest version? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Before we get too involved with how this thing gets around corners, it's probably worth getting a few of the numbers out of the way. This Golf GTI Performance model puts out 245PS, which will send this 1330kg car to 62mph in 6.2 seconds on the way to a 155mph top end. From that base point you have basically two major decisions to make; whether to opt for three doors or five. And whether to stick with the manual gearbox or plump for the DSG twin-clutch transmission. As part of the Performance Pack, you get bigger brake discs and an electronically controlled clutch pack in the differential, which directs the nose into corners more keenly, but doesn't tug on the steering wheel as a traditional mechanical system will. The biggest issue for us in choosing the spec of this car would concern transmission. There's no doubt that the slick six-speed manual gearbox offers a much closer bond with the car and rewards driver skill, but on the schlep home from work when I'm stuck in traffic and I'm just looking forward to a cup of tea and putting my feet up, the DSG seems worth every penny. You might well ask what is the point of buying a GTI if not for driver involvement, but remember, this isn't a car in the vein of a Renaultsport Megane. Yes, you could conceivably take it on a track day and you'd probably have a lot of fun, but it's a more mature and versatile proposition. You feel it in that classy suspension, in the slick electrically assisted steering system and in a hundred and one other feel-good measures that Volkswagen seems to excel at.

Design and Build

If you had to pick one word to describe the GTI's exterior design, it would probably be 'subtle' but then this is a model that's never been about lairy spoilers and drainpipe exhausts. Instead you get a car that sits 15mm lower to the road than its humbler siblings, the 18-inch alloy wheels filling the arches purposefully. As is usually the case, the three-door car looks a bit better than the five-door body, the longer doors having the visual effect of lengthening and lowering the profile. Drop inside and you'll be greeted by some fairly loud 'Jacara' tartan cloth upholstery. Should that prove a bit too much for you, Volkswagen can happily deliver your Golf with black leather seats instead, for a fee of course. Regular Golf drivers will feel instantly at home here and then go about playing a game of spot the GTI bits. They include a sports steering wheel with red stitching and a GTI face plate, a black roof lining and some rather 'Hamburg night club' red ambience lighting. There's also a bespoke gear lever and instrument cluster, GTI trim strips and stainless steel pedal caps. It's just enough to make the GTI feel special inside without going too over the top.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £30,000 for a three-door manual Golf GTI Performance. Add about £650 more for the five-door model. Tempted by the DSG twin-clutch transmission? I can see why you might be although you'll need to budget around £1,500 for that particular upgrade, which means that before you've started thinking about bigger alloy wheels or the Dynamic Chassis Control, you're already be spending over £32,000 for a five-door GTI. As you might expect, it's fairly easy to specify one to well over £33,000 where the Golf runs into the immovable object that is the BMW M140 - then there's the £33,000 310PS AWD Golf R to consider. Whichever GTI spec you choose, you'll get a colour touch screen front and centre on the dash, a DAB digital radio, a CD player, an MDI interface for connecting iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers.

Cost of Ownership

The Performance Pack option has virtually no impact on efficiency and when it comes to a performance versus efficiency equation, the Golf GTI is genuinely tough to beat. Choose the manual gearbox and you'll manage around 47mpg while emitting just 148g/km. That's very good going for a 2.0-litre petrol engine that makes 230-245PS. To put in perspective quite how impressive the Golf's efficiency is, consider that the Renaultsport Clio 200, a less powerful car that campaigns in the class below, can only manage 44.8 miles from a gallon of petrol and will emit 144 grammes of CO2 for every kilometre travelled. It's all down to the fact that this Mk7 GTI is relatively light and efficient, thanks to its hi-tech MQB chassis. You also get fuel saving features such as stop/start and smarter aerodynamics. There's no efficiency penalty if you opt for the DSG gearbox.

Summary

Whenever we test sporting cars, we usually look for superlatives. Pitching compromise is a whole lot harder. The Golf GTI might be an automotive icon but in all the dynamic measures that matter to hot hatch drivers such as 0-60 times, top speed, circuit lap times, lateral grip, braking performance and so on, it never really worries the class best. Despite that, this is a car that earns an unqualified recommendation, especially in Performance Pack form. Why? Because it's a car that instead of concentrating on making big numbers, it just works as a road car. It's hugely accomplished, feels even more expensive than its asking price, and makes most of its rivals look a bit juvenile. There is, of course, a flipside to all of this. Despite being quick enough for most, it's not the most exciting car in the world to drive. Some have driven the car and felt that it might even be a little too accomplished. I disagree. The Golf GTI never imposes its personality on you and long after the novelty of some more puppyish rivals have worn off, the GTI will always feel a class act.

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Driver Convenience
Car net app connect combined functionality of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, USB connection, audio and voice control
Discover navigation, 8"colour touch screen, 2D/3D European map data, Radio/CD, infotainment system via smartphone or tablet, Car-Net Guide and inform
Lane assist with dynamic light assist
'Lights On' warning buzzer
ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
Active information display - 12.3" high resolution TFT display
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Car information display
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
Front assistant collision mitigation
Instrument cluster in white
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Power assisted speed sensitive electro-mechanical steering
Rear view camera
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Stop/start system
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
8 speakers
Composition media system
DAB Digital radio receiver
MDI multi device interface
MP3/WMA compatability
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SD card slot
SMS Functionality
Title and cover art display, 4 X 20W output, USB connection and socket
USB and SD card connectivity
Volkswagen media control
Exterior Features
Headlight washers
LED headlights with dynamic curve lighting
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Solid paint
3D-LED tinted rear light clusters with indicator sweep function
Automatic dimming rear view mirror/rain sensor
Black rear diffuser
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Body colour sports bumpers
Chrome trimmed front air intake surrounds
Darkened rear light clusters
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Extended sill strips flared
Glavanised body
Heated rear windscreen
High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
Honeycomb radiator grille - black
LED front fog lights
Range adjustable headlights via infotainment system with LED daytime running lights
Rear fog lamp
Rear number plate lights incorporating LED technology
Rear window aerial
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
Reflectors in all doors
Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirror
Twin exhaust tailpipe
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Front cupholders x 2
Front sport seats
Jacara cloth upholstery
Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear headrests
4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Bag hook in luggage compartment x 2
Black roof lining
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
Cooled glovebox
Dust/pollen filter
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
Front footwell lights
Front reading lights
Front seat back storage pockets
Grab handles front x 2, rear x 2 with integrated coat hooks
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Illuminated door sills
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light delay
Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
LED front and rear reading lights
Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2
Luggage compartment light
Multi-function leather steering wheel with red stitching
Multifunction leather steering wheel with leather trimmed gear knob including paddle shift
Overhead storage box
Stainless steel pedals
Storage box in luggage compartment
Storage compartment in roof console with cover
Storage compartments in front doors
Storage compartments in rear doors
Stowable luggage compartment cover
Sun visors
Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
Packs
Winter pack - Golf
Ambient lighting pack - Golf
Convenience Pack - Golf
Light and Sight pack - Golf
Mirror pack - Golf
Wheels
18" Parker alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
Space saver spare wheel
Safety
3 rear three point seatbelts
Airbags - Driver's and front passenger's, curtain airbag, Driver's knee, front side impact and passenger's airbag deactivation switch
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Automatic post collision braking system
Child locks on rear doors
Driver/Passenger optimised head restraints
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic stability control (ESC) including Electronic differential lock (EDL) and ASR (Traction control) with deactivation via infotainment system
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Red brake calipers
Three point height adjustable front seatbelts with tensioners
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Uprated front disc brakes + calipers
Security
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Technical
Battery regeneration during braking
Limited slip differential
Lowered sports suspension
Trim
Chrome plated air vent surround
Chrome plated electric mirror adjustment light switch surround
Honeycomb black decorative inserts
Piano black centre console
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 143
Noise Level dB(A) 72
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code DLBA
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 44.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 50.4
EC Urban (mpg) 37.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 245
Coin Description TSI 245
Coin Series GTI Performance
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 33E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 89
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.2
Engine Power - BHP 245
Engine Power - KW 180
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 273
Engine Torque - MKG 37.7
Engine Torque - NM 370
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 154
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style PARKER
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1492
Length 4258
Wheelbase 2620
Width 1799
Width (including mirrors) 2027
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1890
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 550
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 700
Minimum Kerbweight 1340
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £343.99 p/m £16.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £387.99 p/m £41.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £417.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £297.99 p/m £28.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £330.99 p/m £56.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £411.99 p/m £20.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £465.99 p/m £49.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £500.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £377.99 p/m £28.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £426.99 p/m £55.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £464.99 p/m £97.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £356.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £396.99 p/m £67.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £429.99 p/m £100.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £100+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Discover DVD navigation pro, 9.2" touch screen European map data, 64GB HDD + voice control, Radio/DVD, Gesture control, car-net guide and inform plus £1,325.00
Lane assist plus with dynamic light assist, emergency assist, rear traffic alert, side scan, traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition £1,225.00
Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system £600.00
Trailer assist and park assist £850.00
Voice activation for telephone and navigation £200.00
Exterior Features
Climate control heated windscreen £300.00
Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind £995.00
High beam assist £150.00
LED headlights with dynamic light assist FOC
Manual swivelling towbar with 13 pin socket £695.00
Metallic paint £580.00
Pearlescent paint £580.00
Premium paint £995.00
Rear tinted glass 90% light absorbing from B pillar backwards £95.00
Special solid paint £290.00
Interior Features
Art velours cloth upholstery with sports honeycomb design £750.00
Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function for personal settings and electrically adjustable lumbar support £595.00
Vienna leather upholstery + perforated heated front sports seats with manually adjustable lumbar support £1,750.00
Packs
Dynaudio excite sound pack - Golf £550.00
Smoking pack - Golf £15.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic blue £580.00
Metallic - Indium grey £580.00
Metallic - Isaac blue steel £580.00
Metallic - Tungsten silver £580.00
Pearl - Deep black £580.00
Premium paint - Oryx White £995.00
Solid - Pure white FOC
Special solid - Tornado red £290.00
Safety
Rear side airbags with rear seatbelt warning, seat belts tensioners for 2 rear outer seats and optical warning if seat belts unfastened £290.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal £850.00
Trim
Art velours cloth - Black/red with Sports honeycomb design £750.00
Jacara cloth - Titan black/red FOC
Vienna leather - Black/Red with red piping and contrast stitching + heated front sports seats + lumbar support £1,750.00
Wheels
18" Seville dark graphite alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £500.00
19" Brescia alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £600.00
19" Santiago alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts £995.00
* option prices shown are estimated