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Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

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 40 - 47 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.

There’s only one engine to choose from, albeit with the option of a slightly more powerful output (by 10bhp) in the Performance Pack cars, so there’s not much to choose from in terms of economy. That means VW Golf GTI running costs are pretty even across the board.

The really good news is, that despite the general hike in power over the old car, this latest Golf GTI is actually 18 percent more efficient than the one that came before.

That means headline figures of 47.1mpg for examples fitted with the manual gearbox. Change that for the six-speed DSG dual clutch automatic and it drops slightly to 44.1mpg.

Regardless of which one you do go for, they’re both impressive figures and in the real world you’re far more likely to attain such numbers in the Golf GTI over the official combined economy of the Ford Focus ST.

Emissions that drop below 150g/km no matter what gearbox you have fitted (less than 140g/km for the manual cars) mean road tax is reasonable, though it’s worth noting insurance has traditionally been high for GTI badged cars.

VW Golf GTI emissions are only influenced by which gearbox is fitted to the car – so even Performance Pack cars with their extra 10bhp don’t increase the CO2 output.

Stick with the manual car and the figure is a deeply impressive 139g/km, while the six-speed DSG Dual clutch automatic only increases this to 149g/km.

If only everything is life was as reliable as a Volkswagen; a phrase dreamed up by marketing execs decades ago that has stuck ever since. And the good news is that VW Golf GTI reliability should easily live up to its legendary reputation.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is a development of the one that came before it, and has so far proved reliable and trouble-free, so we wouldn’t expect this latest car to be any different. In fact, we’d even stick our neck out and suggest the VW Golf GTI should be a by-word for reliability in the hot-hatch market.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £235
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Insurance group 29 - 38
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