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Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

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.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,238 - £1,455 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 Tsi Petrol 139 g/km (Min) £145
2.0 TSi (310ps) Petrol 172 g/km (Max) £235

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 29 - 38
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.