The VW Golf GTI Invented The Hot Hatch Segment And Is Still The Best

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The GTI remains the ultimate all-rounder.

When Volkswagen unveiled the Golf GTI back in 1975, it not only created a brand new car but with it a brand new car segment. From the first generation to its current seventh iteration, the Golf GTI has been the benchmark for every new hot-hatch to enter the market and the latest model has taken the all-rounder to a new level courtesy of a premium overhaul. The 210-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four comes mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission, both offering drivers plenty of fun when moving through the gears.

On top of providing a thrilling drive, the GTI remains a competent daily driver, offering a spacious interior and respectable fuel efficiency.

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In short, the Golf GTI is the complete package. Pretenders to the hot-hatch throne include the Ford Focus ST, Mini Cooper S, and Subaru WRX, and while these are all great cars, they still fall short when compared to the GTI. If nothing else, they simply lack the maturity of a car that is now over 40 years old. Should you buy one? Well, of course you should, but not before watching our latest unboxing video. Special thanks to the Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to Capitol Volkswagen in San Jose, California, for letting us shoot its 2016 Volkswagen GTI.

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