Price (as tested) 💲: 48,075 EUR
Powertrain ⚙️: 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Output 💪: 241 hp/273 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 155 mph
MPGe (as tested) ⛽️: 24 city/32 hwy/28 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 3,154 lbs


Since its inception in 1976, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has defined the hot hatchback segment. With its practical shape, front-drive dynamics, and accessible agility, the GTI built an enthusiastic fanbase through seven generations to date. As a previous GTI owner, Miles has a particular interest in this new model. Fond memories of flogging his DSG-equipped (MkV) GTI are as clear in his mind as the powerslide-gone-wrong that one rain-drenched evening.

Redesigned for the 2022 model year, the GTI is more accommodating, more powerful, and more sophisticated than ever before – but can these improvements keep it on top of its competitive segment? Rivals like the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Veloster N are more powerful, while sport sedans like the Subaru WRX and Honda Civic Si are more affordable. This eighth generation model will need more than fond memories to earn new and repeat customers. Find out if the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is still the hot hatch king in this in-depth review.