VW Golf Gti

Pros

Classy cars if you get the right model. Good looking. Great interior. Nice handling.

Cons

Not cheap.

VW Golf Gti

  • VW Golf Gti - History

    Gti stands for Grand Touring Injection. Various cars have GTI in their model names although arguably the most famous example is the VW Golf GTI. The VW GTI version, launched in Europe in 1976 and the US in 1983 started the hot hatch craze. The first Golf GTI was originally planned as a limited series of 5,000. However, when In June 1976 a 182 km/h Volkswagen Gti appeared in Germany the reaction was so overwhelming that it became clear this was going to be a bestseller. The simple idea to take the affordable Golf compact car and give it a high-performance engine and sport looks was hugely successful, leading to more than 1.5 million sales during its now 30 years of production. By its 25 anniversary year, the Golf GTi was is in its fourth generation, and remained as popular as ever. Total UK Golf sales in 2003 exceeded 67,000, with GTI models accounting for a quarter of sales. The recent MK5 models have continued its popularity and are considered to be the most exciting to drive since the original genre defining Mk 1s.

  • VW Golf Gti - Overview

    Many car enthusiasts regard the Mark 1 Gti to be one of the best cars ever made due its amazing handling. In fact, in 2004 The Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk I was declared the greatest car of all time by Auto Express. The first MK 1 models raised power output of the 1588 cc engine to 110 PS - 108 hp. Successive models got larger and heavier with higher levels of spec, but slightly less exciting to drive, according to many enthusiasts. MK 4 models were a significant development including the V5, V6, 4MOTION with 115 bhp (2.0) to 150 bhp (1.8T). The TDI PD diesels produced 130 - 150 bhp. In 2004 VW launched the Mark 5 Golf which has been seen as an even bigger improvement. Not only looking more dynamic, launched at the Paris Motor Show the MK5 GTi offered 200bhp 2.0-litre FSI petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox, acceleration from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 146mph. Fuel consumption of 35.3mpg was not bad either considering the performance. Versions fitted with the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) clutchless transmission could do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. In 2005 the VW Golf MK5 GTI confirmed its potential by receiving the BBCs Top Gear's Car of the Year and also top Hot Hatch Award. The journalist team felt it was the first true replacement for the original Golf GTi built 25 years ago.

  • Volkswagen Golf Gti History

    Mk 1 1977-1984

    1977 first UK registration

    1.6-litre, 110 bhp

    Mk 2 1984-1992

    1.8-litre, 112 bhp

    1986 launch of 16V; 1.8-litre, 139 bhp

    1989 introduction of big bumpers

    1990 production of one millionth Golf GTI

    Mk 3 1992-1998

    2.0-litre, 115 bhp

    1993 2.0 16V, 150 bhp

    Mk 4 1998 onwards

    1.8-litre, 125 bhp

    1.8-litre turbo, 150 bhp

    1999 2.0-litre, 115 bhp

    2002 1.8-litre, 180 bhp and 1.9-litre GTI PD, 150 bhp

    2003 - Golf GTI celebrates 25th Anniversary with special edition model

    2004 Mk 5 Gti launched

    2007 - Turbo FSI Golf GTI offers 235 km/h

    2007 Golf Gti - Mk 5 Golf Gti Features

    Three or five doors

    147 kw / 200 ps at just 5,000rpm

    280 newton meters from 1,800 rpm

    Turbocharged 2.0-litre t-fsi engine

    0 to 62mph, 7.2 seconds

    Max speed of 146 mph

    6-speed manual transmission as standard

    Optional automatic direct shift gearbox (dsg).

    Lowered sports suspension

    Unique black honeycomb grille

    5-spoke 17" monza alloy wheels

    Chrome twin exhaust tailpipes

    Roof spoiler

    Sports seats

    Gti logo on the head restraints

    Three-spoke leather-trimmed sports steering wheel

    Aluminium-look pedals

    2007 VW Golf GTI Models - Performance Specification
    2007 VW Golf 2.0T 200PS 3 door and 5 door

    Engine cubic capacity - 2000

    Combined - 35.3mpg - 8.0l/100km

    Engine maximum Speed - 146mph - 235km/h

    Engine acceleration - 0-62mph7.2secs

    Insurance group rating 17

    2007 VW Golf 2.0T 200PS dsg 3 door and 5 door

    Engine cubic capacity 1984

    Combined - 35.8mpg - 7.9l/100km

    Engine maximum Speed**145mph - 233km/h

    Engine acceleration 0-62mph6.9secs

    Insurance group rating 17

    2007 Standard VW Golf Gti Specification (addtional to standard Golf spec)

    12V socket in luggage compartment

    Front seat back storage pockets

    Front sports seats with height and lumbar adjustment

    2Zone electronic climate control

    GTI styling pack - uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers with honeycomb front air intake

    Alarm with interior protection

    Front footwell illumination

    Alloy wheels, four 71/2J x 17 'Monza' with 225/45 R17 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

    Aluminium-look pedals - clutch, brake and accelerator

    Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function

    Exterior temperature gauge

    Bag hooks in luggage compartment x 2

    Vanity mirrors - illuminated

    Body-coloured bumper strips

    Body-coloured side bump strips and door handles

    Two-tone horn

    Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with GTI logo and red stitching

    Brushed aluminium instrument surrounds with GTI logo

    Luggage net under rear parcel shelf

    Carpet mats, front and rear

    Load-through provision

    Radio/CD player with 8 speakers

    Multifunction computer (Midline)

    Chrome twin exhaust tailpipe

    Disc brakes, front and rear (front ventilated), with red calipers

    Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror [P]Roof spoiler, rear

    Reading lights, chrome surrounds

    Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights

    Electric windows, front and rear (rear 5 door only)

    Sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15mm

    Steering wheel including paddle shift (DSG gearbox only) [P]Flat tyre indicator

    Upholstery - 'Interlagos' cloth

    Front fog lights

    Standard VW Golf Spec 2007

    Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge

    12-year body protection warranty

    Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

    Isofix child seat preparation (for two rear child seats)

    3 rear three-point seat belts

    Air Conditioning, 'Climatic' semi-automatic control

    Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking

    Black door mirrors with integrated indicators

    Rear screen wash/wipe with intermittent wipe

    ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

    Instrument lighting, blue adjustable panel illumination

    Height adjustable front three-point seat belts with tensioners

    3-year/60,000 miles warranty (whichever is soonest)

    Non-smoking pack

    3-year paintwork warranty

    Interior light delay

    Heat insulating tinted glass

    Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable

    3 rear head restraints

    Body-coloured bumpers, front and rear with black bump strips

    Black side bump strips and door handles

    Cup holders, front x 2, rear x 1 (for up to 1.0 litre bottle)

    Body-coloured front grille

    Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

    Curtain airbag system, for front and rear passengers

    Power-assisted steering, speed-sensitive

    Disc brakes, front and rear (front ventilated)

    Driver's and front passenger's airbags with passenger's airbag deactivation switch

    Luggage compartment cover

    Driver's seat height adjustment

    Reading lights, front

    Luggage compartment light

    Split folding rear seats

    Storage compartment in rear doors

    Coat hooks, rear x 2

    Easy entry sliding seats (for access to rear seats - 3 door only)

    Driver's and front passenger's whiplash-optimised head restraints

    Remote interior fuel flap opener

    Electric windows, front

    Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

    Storage area, centre (S only)

    Dust and pollen filter

    Steel space saver spare wheel

    Reflectors in front and rear doors

    Vanity mirrors

    ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)

    Three-spoke steering wheel

    Front seat side impact airbags

    Electronic engine immobiliser

    Storage compartments in front doors (for 1.0 litre bottles)

    Storage compartment in the roof console

    Volkswagen Assistance

    Grab handles, front x 2, rear x 2 with integrated coat hooks

    Glovebox, cooled

    Warning 'lights on' buzzer

    Warning buzzer and light for front seat belts not fastened

    Windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay

    Full size wheel trims

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