2017 VW Golf GTI Is A Car For All Seasons

For many years, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been the clever choice in the segment, thanks to its competitive pricing, versatility, comfort, and power.

However, nowadays, having a large budget for a hot hatch means that you can skip the most favored one and go straight for a Mercedes-AMG A45, or Audi RS3 Sportback, but should you?

CarBuyer’s
James Batchelor believes that for an everyday user, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the clever choice. It looks good, especially as a facelifted model, which brings new lights, bumpers, infotainment system, and a power boost, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy, as it will set you back for at least €29,975 ($35,809) in Germany, and £28,320 ($38,349) in the UK.

And going for the entry-level version, which comes as a 3-door, and with a 6-speed manual gearbox, shouldn’t make you regret your choice either, as this is still very decently equipped, and it packs quite a punch, at 230PS (226hp) as standard, or 245PS (241hp) in the Performance edition. On top of that, the stick shift is said to be sublime, so there’s really nothing wrong with the latest Golf GTI, is it?

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  • xDRAN0x

    Except real winters .

  • Kyle Newberry

    Until because it’s a German car everything goes wrong at once around 100k.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Until because it’s a German car everything goes wrong at once around 100,000km.
      FIFY

    • SteersUright

      Sadly true. I LOVE German cars but I wish they’d take reliability and longevity far more seriously and employ some sort of Toyota/Honda-esque levels of quality control and reliability. That said, I read an engineering article that said that Toyota/Honda accomplish much of this by drastically dialing back engine power after dyno testing while the German’s allow you to enjoy far greater power per liter at the risk of less reliability.

      • Kyle Newberry

        That’s why I think Mazda gives them all a run for the money. High quality interior, but rock solid reliability and crazy fun to drive.

        • SteersUright

          I love Mazda’s yet never owned one. The only one I’ve every truly regretted not owning was the 5th gen RX7, which I still find gorgeous inside and out. Otherwise, I like my cars with a certain amount of power, which is why despite their horrendous reliability, I still go German and love them, and cry over repair bills, and love them again, and then hate them when they break as expected, lol.

          • Kyle Newberry

            Well it’s still better than FCA!

    • Puddingpopper

      140,000 mile GTI, still very solid. Michigan would have shaken a japanese car to pieces by 80,000 miles. Plenty of longevity and reliability. Its about due diligence and getting what you put into it and that goes for any car… but i am playing with a pre-recession, pre-euro debt crisis, pre diesel-gate car

    • Skip

      I’ve had my share of issues on various German cars, but I had my last A4 for 14 years without a hitch, boosted to almost 30PSI for almost that whole time… Had our Touareg 14 years too, and initial quality was terrible in the first year, but since then, Alternator, fuel pump, driveshaft (IKR?) and cats outside of normal maintenance… can’t complain really – nearly 200k and runs like a champ.

  • SteersUright

    Just got a ride in my buddy’s 2015 GTi and remembered all over again what amazing little hatchbacks they are, blurring the line between luxury, economy and a slight genuine sports car feel. I do not like that the USA doesn’t get the massive infotainment screen they get overseas, nor that we dont get the more serious Clubsport edition.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    How many times have we been told that spiel recently?

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