Fears that Volkswagen would annihilate all the Golf lineup are all however forsaken, with the 2022 Golf GTI set to start an all-new era of the sporty hatchback. Though it seems the German automaker will nonetheless cease promoting common (learn: boring) Golfs in america, the GTI and the even zestier R mannequin, which we overview individually, have been spared. The result’s a extra highly effective GTI with much more fascinating options and the identical traits that helped the outgoing model earn a spot on our 10Best listing. With extra trendy styling inside and outside in addition to the acquainted fantastic-to-drive conduct, the reborn Golf GTI is able to entice new fans and proceed to reward the devoted.

What’s New for 2022?

The 2022 Golf GTI is all new and marks the storied nameplate’s eighth era. Whereas its styling is evolutionary quite than revolutionary, VW has packed the hatchback with extra know-how and enhanced efficiency. Its recent exterior styling is promoted by sleeker LED headlights and a gaping decrease grille with fog lights built-in into the mesh. The extra dramatic makeover is inside, the place VW combines hallmarks corresponding to plaid upholstery with cutting-edge options. For instance, twin digital shows at the moment are customary, and the dashboard has been completely redesigned. The GTI’s turbo four-cylinder now makes 241 horsepower (up 13) and 273 pound-feet of torque (up 15), and it nonetheless provides a guide transmission as customary. The Golf GTI is predicted to go on sale on the finish of this yr.

Pricing and Which One to Purchase

When deciding which GTI trim to purchase, the mid-level SE strikes us as the most effective worth. For an additional $800, the usual six-speed guide might be swapped for a seven-speed dual-clutch automated. We choose to shift for ourselves, so we might keep away from the surcharge. In contrast with the entry-level trim, the SE provides a 480-watt Karman/Hardon audio system, a cool illuminated grille, enhanced infotainment options, and a sunroof. It may also be fitted with leather-based upholstery, ventilated entrance seats, and reminiscence settings for the driving force’s seat, however meaning ditching the GTI’s conventional material seats and their plaid design.

Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency

The 2022 Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That is a rise of 13 horses and 15 pound-feet versus its predecessor, however that energy continues to be routed to the entrance wheels by way of both a typical six-speed guide transmission or an non-obligatory seven-speed dual-clutch automated. We examined a GTI with the auto ‘field, which had sensible shifts and helped ship the hatch to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds–0.7 faster than a last-gen Rabbit version with the automated. Not solely is the brand new GTI faster in a straight line, we credit score its electronically managed limited-slip differential and brake-based torque vectoring for an uptick in leisure worth. After all, the VW’s expertly tuned chassis deserves as a lot reward as ever, with its sharp responses and not-too-firm, not-too-soft trip high quality. The latter was skilled with the hatch’s extremely adjustable adaptive dampers and a set of 19-inch wheels (18-inchers are customary). Nothing places a damper on spirited driving like a tender brake pedal, however the GTI offers agency suggestions and noteworthy stopping energy, halting the hatch from 70 mph in simply 151 toes.

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Gasoline Economic system and Actual-World MPG

We’re unsure how fuel-efficient the brand new Golf GTI is as a result of these figures have not been introduced, however we estimate that its metropolis and freeway scores shall be 24 and 32 mpg, respectively. As soon as now we have the prospect to run it on our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy route, which is a part of our intensive testing routine, we will consider its real-world mpg. For extra details about the Golf GTI’s gas economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.

Inside, Consolation, and Cargo

Inside, the Golf GTI boasts a extra trendy design than earlier than and a few conventional callbacks. The dashboard is dominated by two massive shows—a ten.3-inch gauge cluster and a ten.0-inch touchscreen—that share a piano-black bezel. The GTI’s three-spoke steering wheel boasts a closely contoured rim and touch-sensitive controls. Its bolstered entrance seats have pink accents round their outer edges and iconic plaid inserts on the highest and backside cushions. Sadly, in contrast to the high-quality environs of the earlier era, the brand new inside is marred by some chintzy finishes. Seeing the street forward is improved by a decrease cowl, however we choose a easy set of analog gauges over the overly configurable digital setup. The brand new GTI grows by an inch total and sees its wheelbase stretch by 0.6 inch, which solely furthers its spectacular passenger lodging and cargo area.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

The GTI’s infotainment system runs by way of a typical 10.0-inch touchscreen. Sadly, it is primarily operated through touch-sensitive sliders as an alternative of extra intuitive buttons and knobs. Together with a few charging ports, the system consists of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These acquainted telephone apps and menu buildings will assist offset VW’s in any other case busy and probably distracting interface.

Security and Driver-Help Options

VW has stated it will have frequent driver-assistance know-how customary in addition to non-obligatory upgrades. For extra details about the Golf GTI’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embrace:

  • Commonplace automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Commonplace lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help
  • Obtainable adaptive cruise management

    Guarantee and Upkeep Protection

    VW consists of an above-average restricted guarantee, however its powertrain safety trails behind most opponents. The corporate does sweeten the cope with complimentary scheduled upkeep that’s just like what Toyota provides.

    • Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Powertrain guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Complimentary upkeep is roofed for 2 years or 20,000 miles

      Extra Options and Specs