The de­fin­i­tive hot hatch for the work­ing class has be­come a little hot­ter.

Torque (Singapore) - - DRIVE -

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

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