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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 has upped its game in the face of increasing competition and offers up to 245PS, plus there are smarter looks, a classier cabin and improved media connectivity. Though little of the original GTI DNA remains, it's a very complete hot hatch indeed.

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The improved seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI gets more power. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Before Volkswagen dreamed up the Golf GTI, there was no such thing as a 'hot hatchback'. Now the phrase has entered everyday parlance and virtually any manufacturer that has a hatchback also has a hot one - or a warm one at the very least. It was 1976 when the original version of this car was born and since then, through seven generations and with the help of countless imitators, it has brought performance, handling and fun to the masses on an unprecedented scale. The current Golf GTI is the mark seven and by rights, it should be the best yet. But does that mean 'best of breed' or 'best in class'? This car, after all, may define the hot hatch genre but it's rarely been recognised as the most accomplished car in its sector. Hence Volkswagen's efforts to improve the current version, which now gets smarter looks and more powerful engines. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

The big news for enthusiasts is that this GTI continues to be available in two different power outputs. Before, the standard car offered 220PS and there was a 230PS GTI Performance model. Now, Volkswagen has upped these outputs, so the normal version gets 230PS and the GTI Performance model features 245PS. Expect that to be enough to get you from rest to 62mph in only a fraction over 6s. As before, the GTI Performance variant also gets bigger brakes and an electronically controlled mechanical front axle differential lock for improved cornering. Both cars get a 'progressive steering' system which means low effort at parking speeds but a smooth, natural feel when moving from small steering angles to larger ones at speed, something that has often escaped designers of modern electrically-assisted steering systems. A six-speed gearbox is fitted as standard to both cars, with the option of a six-gear DSG twin-clutch transmission for those who don't fancy a clutch pedal. If you like the GTI look but want to optimise frugality, a GTD diesel variant using a 2.0 TDI 184PS powerplant continues to be offered.

Design and Build

The first thing you'll notice about this revised Golf GTI is probably its slightly sleeker front end. There are full-LED headlamps and the air intakes at either corner of the front bumper have been restyled too. Jewel-like LED tail lamps are now standard too, with smart animated flowing indicators too. Otherwise, things are much as before - which means that there's a choice between three or five-door hatch bodystyles, both of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis. There's no doubt that this is a seriously good looking car these days. Some of the detailing is quite exquisite. Red, black and white production paint finishes hark back to the Eighties heyday of the Golf GTI, while the big roof spoiler is neatly integrated to the roof line and door pillars. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a delight, with a circular hub and a deep dish with audio, telephone and cruise control buttons mounted on two of its three spokes. The dash is finished in an interesting capping which at first looks a little like carbon fibre but is in fact a technical finish that manages to escape the essential cheesiness of fake carbon. There's also a set of drilled pedals and a big alloy foot rest.

Market and Model

The GTI is offered in three and five door guises. Prices start at around £28,000 and there's a premium of around £700 if you want the five-door bodystyle and it's around £1,500 more if you want DSG auto transmission. Pay a further £1,000 to get the extra 15PS promised by the 'GT Perfrmance Pack' version and you'd have to wonder why someone would pay nearly £32,000 for a Golf R, though that car does offer 310PS and 4WD. All GTI variants come with air-conditioning, Driver Alert system, seven airbags, including a driver's knee bag, five three-point seat belts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and ISOFIX preparation for two rear child seats. A key change with this revised model lies with media connectivity. Previously, GTI customers had the choice of 6.5 or 8-inch screens, depending on the options chosen. Now, these have been replaced by more sophisticated 8 and 9.2-inch screens. As you'd expect, the biggest 'Discover Pro' monitor is the more sophisticated of the bunch, this being the first Volkswagen infotainment system to offer both touch and voice-command operation, with gesture control in addition to proximity sensors. Your dealer will also want to tell you about the clever 'Media Control' app that can be used if your Golf's infotainment set-up incorporates a wi-fi hotspot. Passengers simply connect in their 'phones or tablets via the app, then the entertainment system can be operated from anywhere in the car. As you'd expect, there's full 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' compatibility so you can link in your smartphone and use your favourite apps in-car. And we like the new 'Security & Service' package that can automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a breakdown or an accident, book servicing and even advise you if the car is driven beyond a certain area, should you lend it out.

Cost of Ownership

All versions of the GTI are equipped with Stop/Start as standard and are built around the relatively lightweight MQB chassis. The upshot of this, good aerodynamics and a host of other detail improvements is a fuel consumption figure of close to 50mpg for the 230PS model, which is much better than older GTIs used to manage. Emissions are also very well controlled, this model emitting just 148g/km. Choosing the six-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox doesn't affect fuel consumption.

Summary

This current Volkswagen Golf GTI is a different car to the original. It has grown up, become more refined, smarter and, yes, better in virtually every regard. It doesn't need to constantly remind its customers of its roots. Time has moved on and it is what it is. And what it is is the go-to car if you want a quality hot hatch. Yes, it now campaigns in the upper echelons pricewise but the value proposition nevertheless looks good, with this improved Mk 7 model promising some really strong residual values that take the edge off the cost of ownership. Volkswagen hasn't forgotten about driving enjoyment as the Golf enters middle age. This one's still got the chops to entertain with its clever front axle diff lock signalling that this isn't just for people who merely want the most expensive Golf. There are some formidable vehicles in the hot hatch division, but the Golf GTI almost campaigns in its own sub niche. It's all about authenticity, something true hot hatch buyers don't need unsubtle history lessons to understand.

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Driver Convenience
Active information display - 12.3" high resolution TFT display
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
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
'Lights On' warning buzzer
ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
Instrument cluster in white
Lane assist with dynamic light assist and traffic sign recognition
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Power assisted speed sensitive electro-mechanical steering
Push tank flap
Rear view camera
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Stop/start system
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
8 speakers
Composition media system
DAB Digital radio receiver
MP3/WMA compatability
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SD card slot
SMS Functionality
Volkswagen media control
Exterior Features
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
Black rear diffuser
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Body colour sports bumpers
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Fully galvanised body
GTI logo in red on front and back
GTI logo lettering on front wings on right and left
Heated rear windscreen
High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
Honeycomb radiator grille - black
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
Rear fog lamp
Rear window aerial
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
Reflectors in all doors
Shiny black aerofoil downside
Sill extensions
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 headlining
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 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
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2
Luggage compartment lighting
Multifunction leather steering wheel with GTI logo and selector lever boot grip with red stitching 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
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
Steel 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
Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Red brake calipers
Three point height adjustable front seatbelts with tensioners
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Security
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Technical
Battery regeneration during braking
Limited slip differential
Lowered sports suspension
XDS electronic differential lock
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
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 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

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £423.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £487.99 p/m £49.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £523.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £389.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £440.99 p/m £55.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £478.99 p/m £97.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £366.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £406.99 p/m £67.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £439.99 p/m £100.99 p/m
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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 £1,365.00
Lane assist plus with emergency assist, rear traffic alert, side scan, traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition £575.00
Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system £600.00
Removal of active info display FOC
Trailer assist steering with park assist £875.00
Voice activation for telephone and navigation £200.00
Exterior Features
Climate control heated windscreen £320.00
Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind £1,000.00
LED headlights with dynamic light assist FOC
Manual swivelling towbar with 13 pin socket £725.00
Metallic paint £595.00
Pearlescent paint £595.00
Premium paint £995.00
Rear tinted glass 90% light absorbing from B pillar backwards £100.00
Special solid paint £360.00
Interior Features
Art velours cloth upholstery with sports honeycomb design £775.00
Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function for personal settings and electrically adjustable lumbar support £615.00
Vienna leather upholstery + perforated heated front sports seats with manually adjustable lumbar support £1,780.00
Packs
Dynaudio excite sound pack - Golf £575.00
Smoking pack - Golf £25.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic blue £595.00
Metallic - Indium grey £595.00
Metallic - Isaac blue steel £595.00
Metallic - Tungsten silver £595.00
Pearl - Deep black £595.00
Premium paint - Oryx White £995.00
Solid - Pure white FOC
Special solid - Tornado red £360.00
Safety
Rear side airbags with rear seatbelt warning, seat belts tensioners for 2 rear outer seats and optical warning if seat belts unfastened £300.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal £875.00
Trim
Art velours cloth - Black/red £775.00
Art velours cloth - Black/red with Sports honeycomb design £775.00
Jacara cloth - Titan black/red FOC
Vienna leather - Black/Red with red piping and contrast stitching + heated front sports seats + lumbar support £1,780.00
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