Experience the all new
The eighth generation of the iconic marque debuts with the all-new 2022 Golf GTI. Volkswagen has crammed the hatchback with more technology and improved performance, despite the fact that its appearance is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Sleeker LED headlights and a gaping lower grille with fog lights built into the mesh help to promote its modern exterior style.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque powers the 2022 Golf GTI. Although there are 13 more horsepower and 15 more pound-feet of torque than the previous model, the power is still sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission as standard or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as an option. We tested a GTI with an automatic transmission; it had smooth shifts and helped the hatch reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds faster than a previous-generation Rabbit with an automatic transmission. The new GTI is not only faster straight-line, but we also attribute an increase in entertainment value to its electronically controlled limited-slip differential and brake-based torque vectoring. The VW’s perfectly tuned chassis, of course, deserves as much.
New racing-style front bucket seats with integrated headrests feature a red wrap-around accent and impressive side bolstering that’s firm enough for the track without sacrificing everyday comfort. Classic GTI plaid cloth seating surfaces, in a new pattern called “Scale Paper”, are standard. For those who appreciate this part of GTI’s heritage, cloth seating can be selected optionally even in the top “Performance” trim.
Vienna leather is available in the “Autobahn” trim and standard in the “Performance” trim. In a further nod to the GTI lineage, two-tone black and grey surfaces are complemented by classic red accents.
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