I’m in love with the Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years. If you like driving, need something relatively practical and have $50,000, you should immediately buy one of the few remaining new examples.
That’s right – I’m not bothering with a subtle build-up in this review. The GTI 40 Years is what it is – certainly the best Golf GTI ever built, and more than likely the best hot hatch ever, too. Just four hundred came to Australia at the end of 2016 – a hundred manuals which are all sold, and three hundred DSG autos, of which just a handful remain.
You can have one in the Tornado Red of our car, or white, or grey. You can have it with a sunroof, or without. Those are the choices – everything else is as Volkswagen intended: an homage to the Golf GTI, the world’s original hot hatch, on its fortieth birthday. And what an homage this car is.
I just wanted to drive it, and drive it, and drive it. In this business – where I drive a new vehicle most weeks – it’s hard for any individual car to rise above the pack and keep me well and truly excited. Yet, that’s what the Golf GTI 40 Years does – it just does everything right. While I write about all the details below, here are the four reasons that combine to make the Golf GTI 40 Years something very special.
But most importantly, the GTI 40 Years has what many Golfs lack – character. From the noise, to the out-there aesthetic treatment, to the sheer way this thing goes around a corner and then sucks you out with its boosty, old-school turbo, the Golf just makes you want more and more. I love this thing.
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