The new MK7 VW Golf GTi is available with two different power outputs for the very first time.
The first of the two Mk7 Golf GTi options is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo-charged engine (217bhp) which VW claim propels the vehicle from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 152mph, in keeping with current trends the official figures for fuel economy and emissions are good considering it’s a hot hatch with 47mpg and CO2 emissions at 139g/km with the standard 6 speed transmission option. If you’re looking at something more frugal the new MK7 VW Gold GTD might be up your street, it shares a lot of the the styling and features of the GTi and it’s 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine takes the car from 0-62mph in 7.5sec with a top speed of 143mph with an impressive fuel economy of 67.3mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
The new VW Golf GTi performance model should cost you somewhere just short of an additional £1000 with official figures stating in goes from 0.62mpg in 6.4 seconds (that’s a tenth of a second faster than the new Ford Focus ST official figure) with a top speed of 155mph (honours even matching the Focus ST for top speed), Volkswagen has also announced the latest Golf GTi will be 5 insurance groups lower than it’s predecessor, so that’s more good news.
The new GTi’s features 18 inch 'Austin' alloy wheels (or 19inch Santiago wheels as an option), red brake callipers, twin chrome exhausts with a black rear diffuser.
Inside there’s tartan 'Jacara' upholstery, a leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with GTI logo, chrome trim features on the dash and doors, there’s a GTi styled instrument cluster and stainless steel pedals plus the GTi badging is dotted about as you would expect.
Optional equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, six-speed DSG gearbox and Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), a side airbag system (5 door models), black leather ‘Vienna’ upholstery and voice activation/sat-nav integration.