As a true hot hatch enthusiast, I can only be delighted to drive this Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance for a review! The model I’m driving is the facelift of the seventh version of this car that has marked the automotive history. The Golf GTI is now a myth and we will talk about its story in our next article. Now let’s talk about this magnificent Golf GTI Performance.
Really successful design. Its aggressive line attracts attention with the Onyx White Pearl color that highlights the specific red details of the GTI model. The distinctive signs that distinguish it from a “traditional” Golf are numerous. The sports bumpers, the exhaust with two terminals, the larger rims and the design, the thin red line incomparable on the front grille. Then there are the GTI logos, on the front, on the back, on the sides … the car really seems to want to show its sporty soul.
He succeeds very well! By traveling even at low speeds, with the open panoramic roof, which contrasts with the white body, you will not go unnoticed. Everyone looks at it, everyone wants it. Young and old have wanted a GTI at least once in their life. And I am among those! The interior is tailor-made for the driver, in the Golf style.
On the Golf GTI Performance, there is the Active Info Display and on the model of this test, I also have the Discovery Pro system, the combination of the two is winning. All information is always displayed efficiently and at the right time. Everything is also customizable at will to always have total control. The steering wheel is well made, the size is correct, the flattened part at the bottom recalls the GTI logo and the red seam contributes to the feeling of sportsmanship. Speaking of sportsmanship, even in the Golf GTI Performance will not fail to remind you of his soul. On the infotainment systems there is the GTI logo, contrasting red stitching, bright red LED details … so many goodies to discover for this Golf.
Impossible not to talk about seats then! With the standard fabric seats, the legendary Golf GTI story reappears. I think it’s one of the few cars that I would not take with leather seats! Beautiful, comfortable and with a reminder to the story that can only excite.
So Golf GTI Performance is beautiful inside and out … and on the road? The 245CV 2.0 Turbo Essence TSI engine impresses with responsiveness in all conditions, the acceleration is there, the speed is good … the sound is a little under my expectations. Those looking for crunches and a sporty sound, I advise you to choose the R version or prepare for an aftermarket exhaust.
Golf GTI Performance on the road is impeccable. The self-locking differential operates surgically, allowing the driver to decide how much and how it can come into action through driving modes.
The feeling of minimum understeer is that of being “pulled” inside the curve allowing the torque and the non-indifferent power of the engine to pass. Everything is also customizable, in addition to the LSD differential, it is possible to change the hardness of the steering, the response of the accelerator and the brake, the hardness of the suspension, the mapping of the box and the engine and finally the sound artificial. Indeed, Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance manages to satisfy all desires, from a quiet and comfortable family car in ECO mode to a real beast on SPORT. And with the INDIVIDUAL mode, you will be able to choose how to customize each function.
Excellent! Safety and driver assistance technology is also at the top. All driving aids typical of Volkswagen systems are among the best on the market. The front and rear LED lights with dynamic arrows are also inevitable, a feature of the latest cars of the brand. In short, of course, this Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance exalted me. Always passionate about the GTI could not be otherwise.
Perhaps only a more aggressive sound would have helped to enhance an already very pleasant experience. The Golf GTI Performance is a car that you buy with your heart, fascinated by a brand that has always represented compact sports. Perfected over the years, now it’s really hard to find a fault, Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance is always in sync with its time, with a charm that touches every car enthusiast.
Article: Edoardo Mascalchi
Pictures: Edoardo Mascalchi, Federico Schipani