Discreet performance, great handling
Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI, thirsty engine
If the thought of a GTI is just a little too everyday, then this could be the Golf for you. It does without the lurid colours and loud bodykits that you'll see elsewhere in the hot hatch world - the only visual difference between this range-topper and a standard Golf are a few subtle styling tweaks and a redesigned front end. What you do get is one of the fastest and most powerful Golfs ever produced with a 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 and four-wheel-drive for excellent grip in all conditions.
It's the gentleman's, rather than the boy racer's, hot hatch.