The VW Golf GTI is an excellent driver´s car with loads of power for all kinds of traffic. Equipped with DCC the Golf is a dream to drive with force on twisty roads, where both the chassi and the gearbox will make you smile!
First impression is that this is just another VW Golf and that is not a bad thing. It’s when you start the engine that you can sense that this is not your everyday commuter´s Golf. And when you put the car in drive and floor it, hang on to the steering wheel!
This a class leader and the VW quality is unarguable, unless we talk diesel engine emissions. This car is not a diesel, it has a petrol/gas engine that pumps out 230 hk/ps using a DSG automatic transmission, with paddles next to the steering wheel for extra fun.
When I drove this car it was in Sport mode (DCC) and there is a notable difference between the sport and normal modes. We drove on a small, twisty road and the car was glued to the ground at all times. The closest experience is a John Cooper Works tuned MINI Cooper S, you really have to be mean if you want the car to loose its grip.
The sport mode also makes the gearbox more aggressive. When you slow down it kicks into a lower gear and make all kinds of noises from the exhaust, the car is always ready to be pushed way beyond the current speed limit and way beyond what you thought a small hatchback like a Golf was capable of.
Best of all: When you are not driving like a Cartestr you can use the car in everyday driving and remain anonymous, at least until you floor it (again and again and again).