Let’s just get straight to it.
After spending some time with the European version of the new GTI, we feel very comfortable making the statement the 2015 Volkswagen GTI, (or the Mark VII GTI for the cognoscenti) will be the best iteration of the Volkswagen GTI ever offered in North America. With its free winding new engine, excellent chassis dynamics, and responsive steering, you’ll have more fun driving this version of the GTI than any version of the car we’ve ever driven—and we’ve driven them all.
When Volkswagen introduced the GTI iteration of the Golf back in 1976, it is said the company was responsible for the creation of a new genre of automobile. Affordable, commodious, fuel efficient, and huge fun to drive, that first GTI brought the dynamics of a sports car to the hatchback class of cars. As the Golf has evolved into a more comfortable car over the years, the GTI has also become considerably larger and plusher. So much so, that at one point the GTI almost lost the sharpness of the Mark I car so coveted by GTI fans.
And, while this is the largest version of the Volkswagen GTI ever offered, it is also simultaneously lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient than the Mark VI GTI it replaces. With that said, we can confidently state the Mark VII 2015 Volkswagen GTI is easily the best driving GTI ever offered. It also boasts the nicest interior treatment ever applied to Volkswagen’s hard hitting hatchback.