The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is now available to order, and it is a potent rival to the Ford Focus ST.
This is the impressive new Volkswagen Golf GTI which is the firm's eighth-generation of the popular car and is available to order now.
The iconic hot hatchback comes with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It's an impressive rival to the likes of the Ford Focus ST, and prices start at £33,460.
The Golf GTI performance sees the 0 to 62mph sprint time being achieved in 6.2 seconds from the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 245 PS.
It will then proceed to a top speed of 155mph.
There's also a new 1.0-litre eTSI mild-hybrid system for the Golf GTI being added to the line-up for those who want better fuel economy.
The new engine returns 54mpg with emissions of 118g/km – which is good but as impressive as the VW e-Golf we reviewed.
It's also the most affordable of the DSG-equipped Golf GTI's at £25,190.
With a top speed of 126mph, the Golf eTSI will sprint to 62mph in just over 10 seconds.
Fuel economy for the GTI with the six-speed manual gearbox is between 36 and 38 mpg, with emissions of 174g/km, while the seven-speed automatic gearbox delivers slightly better fuel economy and similar CO2 figures.
The new model is based on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf, and offers lots of equipment as standard, along with an upgrade in the styling and driver convenience features.
One standout feature for the new Golf GTI is an illuminated grille strip, as well as the LED fog lights in the car's distinctive honeycomb grille design.
The 18-inch alloy wheels give the new offering a purposeful look.
From the rear, a pair of chrome-plated tailpipes sit beneath the unique GTI bumper to deliver the sporty characteristic.
The sport seats are now clad in distinctive Jacara check cloth, with a leather wrapped steering wheel which also features the paddle shifters for those GTIs fitted with the DSG automatic gearbox.
There's also a start-stop system, keyless entry, three-zone climate control plus built-in puddle lights.
Driver assistance systems for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI include lane change assist and to improve handling, there's a vehicle dynamics manager to adjust various on-board systems including the new locking differential and optional adaptive dampers.
Depending on the model being considered for a car lease, other equipment includes the firm's Innovision Cockpit, a 10-inch Discover satnav infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, a driver alert system and dynamic headlight range control.
The new Golf GTI also features the Car2X system which communicates with other similarly equipped cars in the area to communicate various hazards when they are detected and offer an alert for a potential danger.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.