BETTER GOLF BOSS
The definitive hot hatch for the working class has become a little hotter.
EEVERY hot hatch wants to be king and overthrow the Golf GTI. Which is why recent times have brought louder styling, bigger numbers and fancier names from rivals. Volkswagen is happy to soak up the noise – making others try so hard is but a testament to the GTI’s superior formula of pace, composure and useability. Hence, the 2017 GTI recipe is kept confidently the same, with the subtlest of updates to a performance icon.
Fresh facial decoration adorns the GTI’s otherwise stealthy mug. Along with the rest of the upgraded Golf range, the GTI gets new LED lights and reprofiled bumpers.
If you think being fast means a nose ring, tattoos everywhere and spiky red hair, look elsewhere. More John Wick than Marilyn Manson, this hatchback is not, nor has it ever been, one for shouting. Yet, in its sharp jaws, chiselled face and gorgeous “Brooklyn” alloys that look like they bound forward by shredding the air, the updated GTI exudes an alluring combination of menace and restrained class.
This being the hottest VW at the Mallorca event, I grab the keys and dive in. After some fiddling with the buttons and levers, I find myself gently but firmly cradled in the seat, arms bent just right, back reclined just so, with clearly legible dials ahead and me looking out at views minimally obstructed by the A-pillars.
A sporting car designed first and foremost with good sense, giving you a perfect driving position. It seems so obvious but, like Arsenal Football Club, for some reason not everyone gets the basics right.
The dashboard’s infotainment improvements are carried over