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4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 - 2012) Review Video
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At a glance

New price £25,040 - £29,505
Used price £5,070 - £12,450
Used monthly cost From £127 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £240 - £305
Insurance group 35 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Outstanding blend of performance, agility, comfort and practicality

CONS

Not as quick outright as many alternatives, less overtly sporty styling than some

Volkswagen Golf GTI rivals

Written by Simon Harris on

The Volkswagen Golf GTI launched the trend for hot hatches in the late 1970s and has grown from a cult car, to - in its current incarnation - perhaps the best all-round fast family hatchback. This sixth-generation Golf GTI is effectively a thorough re-working of the previous car, itself a superb performance hatch. Volkswagen, therefore, had a strong base upon which to develop this car.

It comes with a new, more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI engine and sharp handling, but doesn't compromise on comfort. And while it provides most of the thrills that more powerful rivals can offer, it is utterly painless to use as everyday transport for a family.

Volkswagen Golf GTI rivals

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