Volkswagen Golf GTI - best hot hatchbacks

Volkswagen Golf GTI - front
4 Jan, 2018 12:30pm

The Golf GTI was the founder of the hot hatch class, and the Mk7.5 is the best yet

It was the result of an after-hours project by VW engineers, but the Golf GTI has gone on to become a landmark in sports car history. With its hatchback bodywork, a more powerful engine under the bonnet and uprated sports suspension, the GTI formula is one that has been emulated by car makers across the planet, although it's arguable that none has quite matched its magic formula.

The current Golf GTI is the Mk7.5, having been updated earlier in 2017 with updated tech like the rest of the Golf range. However, VW also boosted the GTI's power output to 227bhp in the standard car and 242bhp in the GTI Performance. As before, there are three and five-door body choices (unlike the GTD diesel and faster Golf R, there will never be a GTI estate), while six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto gearboxes are offered.

Volkswagen Golf GTI review

Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed a fun time. The chassis is responsive and the engine packs a punch, but the GTI manages to entertain while still being a useable everyday car that's just as happy going to the shops as it is shaving apexes on a track day.

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks

  1. 1. Honda Civic Type R
  2. 2. Ford Focus RS
  3. 3. Volkswagen Golf GTI
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  6. 6. Peugeot 308 GTi
  7. 7. SEAT Leon Cupra
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