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Volkswagen Golf GTi

Volkswagen Golf GTi 2020

REVIEW

How do you replace an icon? Well VW has certainly had a good go with the new Golf Mk8 - taking the stylish looks of the Mk7.5 and finessing them, adding a friendlier, more rounded front end to a familiar rear has given the Golf a new personality. But this is the GTi and requires a certain type of styling - it has always been sporty but not too aggressive, enough to show subtly that you have the performance and you can use it, but you're not shouting about it with massive wings and a noisy exhaust.

For 2020 the familiar EA888 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo engine produces 242bhp and 370Nm, meaning performance is certainly sprightly without being silly. Amazingly there's still a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard or all those old-school petrolheads, but the outstanding 7-speed DSG is available as an option. As for tech - the Mk8 Golf has it all - literally anything you could have imagined on a top-end Mercedes 5yrs ago is now available on a Golf. Bring it on!

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Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo Power242bhp
Displacement2.0ltr Torque370 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed155mph
DrivetrainFWD CO2n/a g/km
MPGn/a mpg Retail Price£30,000
0-62mph6.4secs Cash Alternative£24,000

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