To some folks, the idea of a sports car is inseparable from a low-slung two-door body and a boisterously powerful engine. They’re looking for gorgeous styling and maximum performance. They’re following their hearts as far as how the car looks, and their heads as far as the spec sheet.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a different kind of sporty car. A higher-performance version of the humble Golf, the GTI skews toward artful refinement rather than on-paper dominance. And its functional five-door hatchback body is shaped more like a hiking boot than like a Ferrari. The result is a glorious driving experience from a car that’s perfectly suited to everyday life. If that sounds like your style of car, keep reading to learn more about today’s evolution of this classic Volkswagen.