Whether you are a fan or not, speaking concerning the Golf GTI will at all times resonate within the thoughts of a automobile fanatic. So when as well as we had the possibility to style this fantasy for the primary time in Mallorca within the Golf 7 GTI, we can solely be impatient to get our palms on the model new offspring. Without additional suspense, let’s give method to our full essay …
Quick presentation …
Externally, as usually with the Germans, we do not discover a radical change in model. While giving the Golf VII a shot of outdated, an untrained eye will nonetheless discover it tough to acknowledge this new classic. Especially since right here, my check mannequin, one of many first to come back off the road, sadly doesn’t have “Mégane RS” daytime operating lights; however relaxation assured, they are going to be out there to order. Too unhealthy as a result of it brings a little bit additional soul to the automobile, which isn’t very expressive. At first look, I’m not an enormous fan of this new design, which is a bit too sloppy and due to this fact unhappy. But typically a very good configuration can make me change my thoughts. This is all of the extra true on a GTI, which exhibits itself all the identical extra virile, with out falling into the caricature as may do a little bit extra an A35 AMG. Note for instance the presence of a outstanding bumper supplied with honeycomb grilles, rims as much as 19 inches and clearly the diffuser which homes two exhaust retailers on the left and on the correct.
Inside, similar factor, we do not change a profitable recipe. For me, it’s not very thrilling. Yes it is properly assembled, sure it is quite ergonomic, sure it is welcoming, however there like that, it doesn’t significantly make you wish to soar on board. For a sports activities automobile, the configuration of which is supposed to be gleaming, the cabin itself lacks panache. It’s neither actually sporty, nor actually luxurious, however fortunately it’s nonetheless not low cost. Simply, we may like extra colours, much less onerous plastics or why not a little bit contact of alcantara or carbon. On the infotainment aspect, it’s all spitting Volkswagen, I’m not going to redo the shows. It’s simply good to level out that the touchscreen is now 10 inches, and the Digital Cockpit is commonplace.
Otherwise, passengers and driver alike can be delighted to be lugged round. The seats are enveloping sufficient for sporty driving whereas remaining nice every day; and the leg and head area is greater than enough. Even the again seat, for two adults and a younger youngster, is convincing. Finally, from yr to yr, the trunk doesn’t change quantity and stabilizes at 380 liters. It does much less properly than the brand new 308 which presents 412 liters, however presents a loading capability similar to its different rivals.
Like a need to flee
As I advised you within the introduction, after having had a very good dose of enjoyment behind the wheel of the Golf 7 GTI in Mallorca, I used to be desirous to see what the brand new Golf 8 GTI may supply. Based on the identical MQB platform, and geared up with the identical 245 hp 2.0 L TSI unit, we do not essentially anticipate an enormous leap ahead. And but, the model’s engineers have labored onerous to make it ever extra environment friendly. At the expense of sensations? This is what we’re going to examine.
Already, though the steering is adjusted to the small onions in sport mode, we now have unusually an absence of total feeling with the automobile. In any case for the primary km. Oh, it begins badly… Let me clarify: actually, we do not say to ourselves from the primary nook “Wow, what a chassis!” What a grip! And a touch of disappointment factors the tip of his nostril. Then over time, we start to grasp it a little bit extra, to turn out to be one with the automobile, and the pleasure of driving turns into the norm once more.
Despite its few moments of “absence”, we recognize to start with the quite quick DSG7 gearbox and particularly which provides us a number of alternative to take management because of the paddles. This engine / gearbox duo provides us a frankly spectacular thrust; particularly for a automobile which achieves a 0 to 100 km / h in “only” 6.2 seconds. A price sincerely not unhealthy in any respect it is true, however it is very the raises which give pleasure, because of a pleasant rise within the towers. By savoring hovering at greater than 6000 rev / min one will simply discover oneself at reprehensible speeds. But conversely, we really feel that in his firm, we won’t have to drive at 200 km / h to have the banana. Sun, the roof open, a number of bends and instances, and we’re glad! The huge black level will come from more and more invasive applied sciences in sports activities. Lane Assist, which is reactivated at every begin, typically places us in disagreeable conditions. Who desires a steering wheel that turns by itself (and badly furthermore) within the small slim curves of the hinterland? Not me anyway !
After a very good begin with a bang, with out an excessive amount of slippage for traction, we won’t hesitate to hit the brakes in order to not get too onerous right into a pin. Indeed, the entrance is undeniably drawn outwards and this Grand Tourism Injection, not at all times to make use of the acronym, is sadly a little bit too understeer for my style to be very incisive. On the opposite hand, it comes out properly and is sufficiently energetic to overlook this little quack. I repeat, it is sufficient to know it completely to learn from all its potential. If I remorse that the DCC piloted suspensions are a bit harsh, they no less than help you correctly curb the roll and due to this fact to really feel in full confidence. Apart from that, it actually has the best weight / energy ratio to have enjoyable on our small roads. You do not get to the following nook too shortly, you do not really feel like you may have too many unusable cavalry and the Autobahn shouldn’t be your favourite playground. Too unhealthy the sound loses character technology after technology – there may be even the assistance of the audio system in sport mode – in any other case it can be the profitable combo!
But the Golf, as GTI as it is, stays a Golf, briefly a very good on a regular basis automobile. The VIII confirms the qualities of its elders. We make the most of an automated gearbox that goes by all of the gears with out letting it be recognized, of soppy suspensions which soak up the irregularities of the highway with out questioning, and of a very good soundproofing which filters the noises to the happiness of our ears. No actually, on that aspect, she does not endure from any criticism. Comfortable and thoughtful, she makes you overlook her offended temperament when it involves choosing a conduct in good father of household, because the expression says.
How a lot does it price ?
By eradicating the guide gearbox from the French catalog, the value of this model new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI is inevitably a lot larger than the earlier technology. With extra commonplace gear, it is about € 2,500 costlier, from € 43,425 in 2021. With that, you have already got the Matrix LED, the reversing digicam, the driving help gear, keyless opening and ignition, or after all the model-specific seats. But, VAG group requires, the catalog of choices continues to be properly provided. It will then be fascinating to go for a pleasant portray at 710 €, 19 ”rims at 1390 € and the DCC suspensions which go together with it at 925 €, or even the head-up show at 750 €. Not forgetting the small sunroof at € 1,155, we attain € 49,015. At this stage, the penalty to be added is € 3,119 (170 g CO² / km).
Otherwise, when it comes to consumption, we’re doing fairly properly for such a automobile. Promised at 7.5 liters per 100 km within the WLTP mixed cycle, in actuality we are going to anticipate extra of 8 l / 100 in your day by day life. On expressways, it even drops to lower than 6 l / 100 and in sporty driving we hardly fly over 10 or 11 l / 100.
They nonetheless managed to do higher
After the uninteresting environment on board which upset me probably the most, we are going to essentially come out conquered with a spin on board this new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI. Its highway really feel is actually not probably the most distinctive, however its playful conduct suggests good highway journeys. Both sporty and delicate on command, it reveals itself as a superb day by day whereas letting itself be whipped for a weekend. And then proper now, we actually want that sort of gear within the automotive panorama!
Technical information new Volkswagen Golf GTI 8:
Power: 245 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 370 Nm at 1600 rpm
0 to 100 km / h: 6.2 seconds
Maximum velocity: 250 km / h
Empty weight: 1463 kg
Length: 4290 mm
Width: 1790 mm
Height: 1440 mm
Wheelbase: 2630 mm
Safe: 381 Liters
Prices: from 43,425 €
Photo credit score: Thomas D. (Fast Auto)