Recently I got a chance to test drive Volkswagen GTI and here is my review of it.
In a nutshell I loved it. I have heard many critics saying it doesn’t look sporty enough and its just another hatchback and so on, but I say bull, because there is a clear difference between common hatchback and sport hatchback and GTI definitely has the looks of a sport hatchback, plus the interior is far superior to any common hatchback. That’s why it’s also called “Hot Hatch”, which is an entirely separate niche for such cars, in fact VW GTI created the Hot Hatch category. And personally I think it’s a good thing that it doesn’t look like a sports car.
What really matters is how it performs on the road and in that department no one can point a finger at it. The 2.0 TSI engine is very responsive, stable and a pleasure to drive. It accelerates with a vengeance and due to its small size it maneuvers like charm. The DSG transmission is the smoothest I have experienced. It’s very hard to get this much pleasure driving any other car of same size. Of course I am not comparing it with monsters having V6 and v8 engines as that is a different class. But if you compare it with other cars with sub 3.0 engines (with or without turbo) then VW GTI has the potential to outperform anything. And that’s why this car has become my favorite in this category.
And then there is interior. Again in this department I haven’t seen a car of this category with such a refined and classy interior. Once you are in the cockpit you cannot tell you are in a hatch. It completely feels like a sports car. The red stitching on the gear and steering wheel just takes it to another level. You can’t help but notice it and say wow.
So in short if you are looking for a smallish car with no compromise on performance then look no further than VW GTI. It’s the best value for money you will ever get.