GTI still shines

In a world of increasingly hot hatches, Volkswagen's latest Golf GTI holds it own by tempering speed with control and refinement

The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with honeycomb front-air intakes, LED foglamps and larger brakes.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with honeycomb front-air intakes, LED foglamps and larger brakes.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with honeycomb front-air intakes, LED foglamps and larger brakes.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with honeycomb front-air intakes, LED foglamps and larger brakes.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is a bit of an enigma.

On paper, it is no quicker than its facelifted predecessor, with an unchanged 6.4-second century sprint and a mere 2kmh increase in top speed to 250kmh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2021, with the headline 'GTI still shines'. Subscribe