Remember when everyone feared that Volkswagen would be killing the Golf series? Well turns out that it was not the case at all. Volkswagen introduced the 2021 Golf GTI and it looks great. Hopefully, this will rejuvenate the sporty hatchback series.
The hierarchy at Volkswagen decided that they will stop selling the boring Golf GT and only sell the GTI and the zestier R model which deserves a review on its own. So the 2021 Golf GTI looks like it’s going to be a cracker this year. It has desirable features and the same characteristics that made the Golf one of the best cars in the world. While the cabin has been tweaked you still get the old familiarity.
The new GTI has a spruced-up outward appearance and a much more sophisticated-looking cabin. There’s much more than just these so check out our 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI review.
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What’s New & Price Of The 2021 Golf GTI
The 8th generation Golf is not going to start a revolution but it is, however, an evolution of the model. Volkswagen has fixed it up with more technology and enhanced performance. The VW hatchback has a fresher exterior and newer LED headlights.
It has a gaping lower grille with fog lights integrated into the mesh that just brings it into the new decade. The interior got some attention too with Volkswagen upgrading the interior with plaid upholstery with cutting-edge features.
The VW model changed other aspects of the interior as well. They added dual digital displays that are now standard, and the dashboard has been totally redesigned. Under the hood, the GTI got an update.
The GTI has a turbo four-cylinder that produces a 241 hp producing around 273 lb-ft of torque and has a manual transmission as standard. The 2021 Volkswagen comes in around 30,000 dollars and is yet to release any other details about the trims it may come in.
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Engine, Specs & Performance
You want performance from your Golf GTI and it will deliver. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 241 hp which is ample power for the average car owner. The new Golf GTI has front-wheel drive and has a six-speed transmission as standard. However, you can get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as an option.
The new Golf GTI has several driver modes you can select on both powertrains. You can switch between modes like Comfort, Eco, Sport, and there are customizable Individual settings. It even has GTI's adaptive dampers that allow you to shift between softer and firmer motions. While there haven’t been any test drives yet but from what it looks like.
Now there is no EPA update on the fuel economy but we will be sure to let you know as soon as we have news. We will also give you the low-down on the real-world mpg for the new Golf GTI but given their track record, you can rest assured that it will be good.
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior, Connectivity & Safety
Volkswagen has modernized the new Golf GTI design. The interior features two prominent 10.2-inch gauge cluster and a 10.0-inch touchscreen that shares a piano black bezel. The VW hatchback also features a set of slim air vents that flow through the cabin like an Audi.
The 2021 GTI also has a three-spoke steering wheel that has a heavily contoured rim and touch-sensitive controls. The cabin of the GTI features ambient lighting on the dash, doors, and footwells which is a refreshing change on the new VW hatchback. The front seats of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI are bolstered and have red accents on the outer edges.
Volkswagen has also included the iconic plaid inserts on the top and bottom cushions which were pretty common in the other Golf models. Now we know that the 8th gen Golf is a bit bigger with 1.0 inch longer overall with a 0.6-inch stretch in wheelbase. However, we are still unsure as to what impact it will have on the overall volume of the Golf GTI. Let’s move on to infotainment and connectivity for the 2021 Golf GTI.
The new VW hatchback has a 10.0-inch touchscreen that uses touch-sensitive sliders to operate instead of the more traditional and intuitive buttons and knobs. People at Volkswagen has said that the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI has built-in navigation and its latest app-based remote services. However, we also suspect it will come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The hatchback will also feature a couple charging ports and an upgrade on the sound system as well. Now with connectivity done let’s look at the safety of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Association along with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are yet to test the VW hatchback so we don’t know how safe they are comparatively. However, the 2021 Golf GTI features some goof safety measures as standard.
Things like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, and Available adaptive cruise control will all be standard. It will have upgrade options as well but Volkswagen hasn’t yet revealed what they will be.
In terms of Warranty and Maintenance Coverage Volkswagen offers above-average coverage. With the Golf GTI, you will have 4 years or 50,000 miles of the limited warranty and the same number applies to the powertrain. The company also offers you 2 years or 20,000 miles of complimentary scheduled services.
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A Hatchback That Performs
So there you go that concludes our 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI review. As you can see the Golf series is not dead. It is alive and well and is coming back stronger.
The Golf GTI has ample power, brisk speed and nimble handling which makes it a hatchback that performs beyond expectations. So if you are looking for a hatchback then you should most definitely look into it. At its price range, the value for money it offers is great.
And with that being said our review of the new VW hatchback is complete. Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on the 8th gen Golf and also tell us if you have any hatchback preferences. Until then, Sayonara!