For all the hot hatches and sport compact cars that dot the automotive landscape, each one needs to thank the Volkswagen GTI for their existence. In the late 70's, a group of engineers at Volkswagen wondered what would happen if you bolted on some performance goodies to the Golf. The result was the GTI and it became a big seller for the brand. Since then, the GTI has been the benchmark that sport compact cars are measure against. Now the GTI is entering its seventh-generation and it still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
One of the defining features of the Volkswagen GTI is that it doesn't rely on any drastic design to differentiate itself from the standard Golf. Little changes such as a mesh grille, LED foglights, small GTI badging on the front fenders, and eighteen-inch alloy wheels show that you don't need to go crazy in design. You also have the choice of either a two-door or a more practical four-door model, which is certainly a point in VW's favor.
Inside, the Golf GTI features the same layout as the standard Golf, which isn't a bad thing. The controls are laid out in an efficient manner and are within easy reach of both the driver and passenger. GTI models get such interior treatments as red stitching on the steering wheel and plaid cloth on the seats. Standard equipment includes a golf-ball shifter, Bluetooth, Volkswagen's Car-Net connect car services, a 5.8-inch color touchscreen, multi-function steering wheel, and heated front seats. Step up to the higher trim levels to get such items as seven-inch touch screen with navigation, sunroof, backup camera, and fender audio system.