The latest Volkswagen GTI marks 40 years of the iconic hot hatchback. Of course, the most fitting way to do so is to take both cars out for a lovely drive on winding Welsh roadway to see how they compare.
I rarely think of a Volkswagen GTI as a dirt monster. It’s a car that always comes up in the context of tarmac shenanigans—track days, autocrosses, and general acts of on-road hooliganism. This assumption—fed by the low-profile tires and big, pretty wheels—is wrong. It’s downright amazing on dirt.
Volkswagen has shifted its focus to electric vehicles. Now the automaker plans to use one of its most beloved performance nameplates, the GTI, to lead the charge with EVs. But the rumor is that they’ll start with a hybrid first.
It’s Thursday. Do you know what that means? It means it’s time to get out there and drive like a champion today!
The build was coming down to the wire, and this show car-owning automotive photographer knew he had only a short window to get official photos taken of his car at a race track that wasn’t exactly around the corner from him. There wasn’t much time to plan—that is, if he’d gone the traditional route with it.
The problem with the mini-cars for kids like those Lamborghinis, Porshes and this awesome McLaren is that they sets the bar a little too high for real car ownership. Listen, kid, odds are you won’t own a Lambo someday. But with a mini Volkswagen GTI, your kid can try something much more pragmatic. And fun!
It feels like we just got the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf family here in America, but VW is already giving it some major updates. You’ll need a keen eye to spot those differences on the outside, but there are some big changes in the cabin and under the hood. Also, more power for our beloved GTI version.
If you prefer your Volkswagen GTIs the old-fashioned way, with just two doors and offering a challenge for anyone who wants to get into the back seat, you better act now. The two-door GTI is about to be discontinued in the U.S.
It’s hard to say something original about one of the best and most loved hot hatchbacks on the market, especially one that’s been on the market a few years now. Instead, I’ll just answer your questions about the 2016 Volkswagen GTI.
Recently someone asked our man Doug if there was a “best of all words” car. Many have made the argument that Volkswagen’s iconic GTI offers one of the best combinations of fun, affordability, and practicality. But which generation will go down as the all-time classic?
Can’t afford a Porsche Cayman GT4? That’s okay, me either, and the wait list for those stretches into the next century anyway. But if you need a track day, bro car with a bit more accessibility and practicality, the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport has got us covered.
I know it’s our job as car enthusiasts to bitch and moan about how great cars used to be, and how soft and insulated and watered-down they all feel now, but you have to admit you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck today than you did in decades past.
As we’ve been in the habit of collecting horrible car dealer experiences lately, let us also take a moment to remember that customers can be every bit as bad. Case in point: this text message exchange between a dealer and a would-be Volkswagen GTI buyer that devolves into a missive of poorly-spelled insults. Human…
The Wörthersee meeting in Austria is the biggest annual Volkswagen gathering, and the company always makes sure the fans have enough crazy concept cars to take pictures of. This year’s GTI will be designed by a group of apprentices aged 17-25, so prepare your Matchboxes!
Now's the time of plenty if you dig on spritely hatches. We threw two of our favorites in a room, broke a pool cue in half and told them the survivor gets to haul our groceries home. No, the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI aren't natural enemies, but it's fun to watch them have at each other. Want to know how it…
When you're Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary Seat, and you rely on Volkswagen platforms and engines, how do you distinguish yourselves? Simple: you take their cars and make them better. That's what I think they did with the new Seat Leon Cupra hot hatchback.