I’m super excited to unbox for you the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI, without question one of the best all-around performance cars on the market.
The first GTI premiered way back in 1975 and over the years VW has simply perfected and refined the segment it literally created – the hot hatchback. This seventh-generation GTI comes powered by a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the Performance Package and power is boosted to 220 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Don’t let the GTI’s simple exterior and interior designs fool you: this is truly a capable performance machine that’s happiest when being driven on a twisty mountain road or at track days. And yet it’s such a usable daily driver that’s fuel efficient and spacious. Is there anything the GTI doesn’t do well? Not much, but check out my full review to find out more details about the greatest hot hatch ever. Enjoy!
Hot Hatch Background: 0:40
Exterior Design: 1:35
Engine and Transmission: 2:30
Engine Start Up and Sound: 5:00
Performance Specs: 5:30
Infotainment Touchscreen: 6:15
Fuel Economy: 7:05
Interior Details: 7:50
What’s It Like To Drive? 10:15
12-Way Power Driver’s Seat: 11:30
Let’s Talk Tires: 12:15
What’s The Golf GTI’s Competition: 12:40
Rear Passenger Space: 12:55
Trunk Space: 13:10
Safety & Conclusion: 14:15
Special thanks to the Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to Capitol Volkswagen in San Jose, California, for letting us shoot its 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Vehicles in this review were provided by DGDG.COM, the largest car dealer group in Northern California. All opinions in these reviews are that of CarBuzz, not that of the Del Grande Dealer Group.