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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 34 - 35 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Despite having 20bhp more than the previous 180bhp GTI, this model only moves up one insurance group to 17. Service costs are average with the class, but that still means pretty high bills, however at 35mpg fuel consumption is respectable for a hot hatch.

The GTI is fairly green considering it's a hot hatch. The standard car with the six-speed gearbox emits 189g/km of CO2 while opting for the DSG gearbox means this figure actually drops to 188g/km. The GTI 30 and Pirelli editions emit 194g/km of CO2 while the DSG versions emits the same 188g/km as the standard GTI. Fuel consumption is respectable at 35mpg for the GTi, 34mpg for the special edition versions and 36mpg for both DSG models.

Like all Volkswagen cars the Golf GTI will prove reliable and durable. The interior is a particular strong point and feels superbly built.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £305
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Insurance group 34 - 36
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