This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI (13-17) review.

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 - 38 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.

Although the Golf is a little pricier new than many rivals, such as the Ford Focus ST or Honda Civic Type R - and buyers would be unlikely to achieve such a generous discount - depreciation will be slow. The GTI has surprisingly good fuel consumption with almost 40mpg possible in everyday driving. Volkswagen servicing charges might not be the cheapest around, but compared with other cars in this class, the GTI isn't an expensive car to own.

CO2 emissions of 170g/km or 173g/km for the DSG transmission version make the Golf GTI one of the greenest hot hatchbacks of this size.

The Golf GTI has a good reputation for reliability with few problems reported.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £240 - £305
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Insurance group 35
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