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Since the mid-1970s, Volkswagen’s replacement for the iconic Beetle found its niche as an affordable small hatchback. The Golf GTI with a more powerful engine and a sporty interior for 1983 – called the Rabbit GTI in North America – began a series that lasted for seven generations.
The eighth iteration of the front-wheel drive GTI has arrived here alongside the hardcore all-wheel drive Golf R, but without the accompanying Golf base models. Apparently, VW buyers in this class prefer the slightly larger Jetta sedan or the new Taos utility vehicle.
For 2022, the Golf GTI will receive a complete restyling, but this should only be noticed by keen-eyed fans of the brand. The most noticeable changes include the larger honeycomb grille with integrated fog lights, the reshaped hood and narrower headlight housings. The wider rear roof pillars and the integrated roof edge spoiler make the GTI appear stretched despite the vehicle being only 2.5 centimeters longer. The distance between the front and rear wheels is the same as before.
The standard interior of the GTI features a digital 10.25-inch instrument display with a large-format rev counter directly in the driver’s field of vision. Instead of panel switches, there are touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.
An 8.25-inch infotainment screen is part of the redesigned dashboard, which also gets the honeycomb trim.
Well-cushioned front bucket seats are of the sport variant, and their standard checkered fabric inserts maintain a theme that began with the first-generation GTI. Stainless steel pedal pads are also standard.
The GTI comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s a gain of 13 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the previous model.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional. It’s of the dual-clutch variant, which usually means very quick shifts and often improved fuel economy over traditional automatic transmission designs.
Volkswagen claims the GTI will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just over six seconds.
The fuel consumption of the manual transmission is 9.8 l/100 km in the city, 6.9 on the highway and 8.5 combined.
The R is strong with 315 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice little bump from the 288/280. A zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time is quoted in the mid-range of 4.0 seconds. The R comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
For 2022, the GTI’s suspension has been optimized for improved comfort and cornering control. According to VW, the front springs are 5 percent stiffer and the rear 15 percent stiffer.
Base GTIs start at $33,250. They come with few options and lack active safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian/cyclist detection and lane departure with lane departure warning.
Autobahn trim adds navigation, fog lights, illuminated door handles, and 18-inch wheels (17-inch wheels are standard).
The premium performance edition, listed for $40,750, is packed with tri-zone automatic climate control, premium heated seats with leather seat covers, power driver’s seat, head-up display – which projects basic information onto the windshield – and 19-inch -Wheels with summer tires. A nine-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system is also included.
On the GTI’s options list is an electric panoramic sunroof.
Volkswagen isn’t the only automaker eliminating base-level hatchbacks. For 2022, the Hyundai Veloster is only available in N-Performance trim with a 275 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
The hot hatch crowd should be pleased that two of their all-time favorites live on, but anyone looking for easier transportation is now forced to look elsewhere.
What you should know: Volkswagen Golf GTI 2022
Type: Compact hatchback with front wheel drive
Engine (hp): 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 (241)
Transfers: Six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic (optional)
Market position: The Golf GTI has outsold the base Golf – you read that right – in recent years, which is why only the GTI and the more powerful R version are available in North America for 2022.
Points: The revised styling is a subtle but definite improvement. • New interior with configurable digital instruments and revised sports seats. • Higher running (lighter) turbocharged engine is appreciated. • A number of active safety technologies are standard, but some important ones are optional. • For more grunt, the R version has 315 hp.
Active security: Blind Spot Alert with Cross Traffic Reversing Alert (Std); active cruise control (opt.); Front and rear emergency braking (optional); Inattentive driver warning (na); Lane Departure Warning (opt.); Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection (opt.)
L/100 km (city/highway): 9.8/6.9 (MT)
Basic price (incl. destination): $33,250
Hyundai Veloster N
- Basic price: $39,850
- The 275 hp performance version is the only Veloster model offered for 2022.
Honda Civic Si
- Basic price: $34,850
- The hot sedan returns with a revised design but similar four-cylinder power.
Mazda3 GT Turbo
- Basic price: $35,000
- Sedan or hatchback are equipped with a turbo I-4, capable of generating up to 250 hp.
– written by Malcolm Gunn, Managing Partner at Wheelbase Media
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