« Back Volkswagen Golf GTi + T6.1 California
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI 2020
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!
VOLKSWAGEN T6.1 CALIFORNIA OCEAN 199 DSG 4MOTION
Some may scoff but there are a huge number of people who love camping and motor homes in particular, and what’s cooler than a Volkswagen camper? Based on the Transporter, the VW California Ocean adds in an electro-hydraulic lifting roof to allow sleeping for four, while there’s a two-burner hob, fridge, sink and pop-up table to accommodate your camping needs. So what you end up with is a versatile camper that can be used daily, with four spacious seats, but then turns into a fully kitted out camper when you want. There’s also a pull-out awning at the side so when you’re parked up you can have some shade from the sun – it really does do everything. This is the highest spec California you can get too, with a 196bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. So load up, head into the wild an enjoy some nature!