This car is fun. Who knew a compact hatch could be so enjoyable? The car handles like a dream. Actually we have known this for a long time. The Golf GTI is an icon, now in its seventh generation but Volkswagen continues to work its magic and this year’s new GTI is the freshest – and fiercest – yet.
At a top speed of 250 kph, you need to be awake. That’s why the new Golf GTI gets your adrenaline up before you even start. One look at its sporty design, with features such as the dark red LED tail lights or chrome-plated exhausts and your heart rate increases. Its ample horsepower and fantastic torque both available from low revs should supply sufficient adrenaline!
One look at the cockpit puts a smile on your face. ‘Clark’ sporty seat upholstery, customised red touches on gear lever and door trim, illuminated door sill trim and multifunction sport steering wheel appeal to all senses.
And yes, once you are settled in your wonderful supportive seats, you are in for a treat. The performance is awesome. The acceleration pushes you back in your seat accompanied by the throaty roar of the huge turbo power. A good engine offers maximum power and torque from low levels and the VW engine is certainly good. Pick-up is fantastic and equally the huge 340 mm disks can bring you quickly – and smoothly – back down again. VW axle and suspension technology enhance the pleasure of cornering with even more dynamism and added traction.
Unlike a sports car with limited cargo space, this hatch has plenty of room to carry luggage and passengers. The electronics are, as they say these days, awesome. The price is a steal.
Not many cars are as user-friendly as the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI for everyday driving and then perform so phenomenally when a sporting mood strikes you. It’s like getting two cars in one, and that’s why the GTI is a top pick for a performance-oriented hatchback.
TRANSMISSION Six-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) automatic with manual shifting mode
MAX POWER 220 hp (169 kW) @ 4,700 rpm
MAX TORQUE258 lb-ft (350 Nm) @ 1,500 rpm
ACCELERATION 0–100 kph in 6.4 secs
MAX SPEED 250 kph
EXTERIOR A true eye-catcher, the Golf GTI is still unique in its compact, hot package of fun; characteristic honeycomb front end, lean and low muscular body looks ready to pounce, sweeping side skirts and distinctive GTI wheels, brakes and logo; chrome-plated twin tailpipes; 18-inch alloys
INTERIOR You’ll love the 2016 GTI’s interior within 30 seconds of getting inside. It’s just that good. Materials are well-grained and soft to the touch, and the overall design is distinctly German, comfortable and sporty, thanks to bold red stitching; buttons and switches are placed close to the driver and offer intuitive, simple control; large touchscreen with new software for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
SAFETY/SECURITY Dual front side, side curtain and a driver knee airbag system; rear-view camera; front and rear parking sensors; five-star safety rating; four-wheel ABS, emergency brake assist; electronic stability control; traction control; remote anti-theft alarm; tyre pressure monitor
Q-Auto on Salwa Road will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the VW Golf GTI or any of its sporty cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4445 2333 or visit their website.
If you are a Volkswagen car owner or enthusiast, you might want to join the VW Club Qatar to learn and contribute on how to make the best out of your car. Get tips about the calibrations and parts from expert members of the group. Follow VW Club Qatar on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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