When Volkswagen released its 2015 model of GTI sports compact derived from the platform of the 7th generation Golf, it didn’t go immediately on sale in the US markets. Luckily, it went through the boundaries by the first half of 2014 and still holds its position as the most favorite sports compact ever since. It is most notable by its minimalist design and the price that goes under $30,000 which is something not ludicrous despite the VW emblem.
It’s a hands-down favorite and there’s no question about that. Simplistic beauty, great specs and a great infotainment system inside. What we can really say that has fallen short is the last one though (not being a luxury-grade, that is) if you’re the simple office guy, what more could you ask for?
The infotainment system, named as MIB II, can handle Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link. Choose from the apps available right on your dashboard and get access to Maps, messaging, music and many more online stuff.
Bottom line, even after a year and a half, VW GTi retains its position because of it has been crafted into near perfection. No lagging of performance in this simplistic beauty, guys and for us, it still comes highly recommended.
- Engine : 2.0L Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, front placement
- Transmission : 6-speed manual
- Drivetrain : front wheel drive
- Power : 220hp
- Torque : 258 lb.-ft
- 0-60 mph : 6.1 seconds
- Top Speed : 125 mph (limited)
- Mileage : (city) 23 MPG; (highway) 34 MPG
- Price : starting at $26,205 to $28,695 (as tested)