June 10th, 2014 at 9:00am
Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.
Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Volkswagen AG
Model: Golf GTI S; Golf GTI SE; Golf GTI Autobahn
Type: 2 & 4-door hatch
Competitors: Ford Focus ST, Civic Si, Subaru WRX
Price: Base: $24,395
(Price based on 2-door hatch with manual transmission)
Made in: Puebla, Mexico
Drivetrain: 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged direct-injection engine with a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch AT
EPA Ratings: 24 City/35 Highway
(EPA numbers are for base model with a manual transmission)
For the car basics, please refer to the Golf TSI/TDI final impression. However, for the GTI difference see below…
VW gave the 2015 Golf GTI a new 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with more horsepower – 210 – and torque – 51 lb.-ft – over the previous engine. All while keeping its mpg numbers the same: 25/34 for the MT, 21/31 for the AT.
In addition, to highlight the performance roots of the car, VW lowers the GTI a little over a half-inch over its TSI version making it much more sporty driving experience.