Review

Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

Introduced in 1976, the Volkswagen Golf GTI was the original hot hatchback. Since then, countless manufacturers have copied the idea, with cars like the Ford Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra VXR adding more power and faster engines to the conventional family hatchback. The Golf GTI gets all the practicality of the standard VW Golf, but with a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine capable of 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds. Outside, the car gets 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as aggressive bumpers and a sporty red line that runs across the front grille and through the headlights. On the inside, there are a set of tartan GTI seats, a sporty steering wheel and a beautifully made interior with lots of high-quality materials. In summary, the Golf GTI is a well-made, desirable and fun car with enough room for all the family and impressively low running costs, too- especially if you opt for the diesel-powered Golf GTD.