Great performance, fun to drive, easy to live with, iconic badge
Expensive compared to some hot hatches and not as quick either
The Golf GTI came back with a bang in 2005. Powered by a turbocharged 200bhp 2.0T FSI engine, it's smooth, refined and pleasingly quick to drive plus there's a choice of the standard six-speed manual or an optional semi-automatic DSG gearbox. On the road the GTI is simply superb, cornering with accurate precision and providing plenty of surefooted grip.
It looks the part too with styling cues and features such as the chequered seat fabric designed to evoke memories of the original model. Stylish, quick and enjoyable to drive, as hot hatches go, the Golf GTI is firmly back on top. Two special editions, the Edition 30 and Pirelli, offer 30bhp more than the standard GTI, along with unique styling touches inside and out.