For U.S. supporters of the Volkswagen GTI small sport-oriented hatchback, there’s both great news and problem. As anticipated, the long-awaited seventh-generation GTI, based upon the upgraded VW Golf, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show as a 2014 VW GTI design. However, for its first year of manufacturing, VW will certainly offer the new GTI offer simply in Europe. The GTI will debut in the U.S. throughout the initial half of 2014 for the 2015 design year, so U.S. customers will certainly need to hang around up until sometime in 2014 to obtain their hands on the most recent variation of among globe’s most sought-after warm hatches. In the meantime, a few sixth-generation GTIs will certainly stay on dealership’s whole lots, and could be clever buys for prospective owners considering this strong, versatile and well-reviewed entertainer.
Physical body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance model of the Golf hatchback. Just the four-door model is provided this year, and there’s seating for five.
There are 2 trim levels: Wolfsburg Edition and Driver’s Edition. The Wolfsburg Edition GTI’s common equipment consists of 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof covering spoiler, foglights, heated outdoors mirrors, heated washer nozzles, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping wheel, trip manage, a travel computer, air-conditioning, heated front sport seats, plaid cloth furniture, split-folding rear seats with a facility pass-through, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a complementary audio jack and iPod assimilation (by means of VW’s proprietary MDI wire).
The Driver’s Edition adds adaptive xenon headlights, LED running illuminations, a sunroof, multifunction wheel manages, leather-trimmed sport seats and a touchscreen sound interface with a navigation device.
2014 VW GTI Powertrains and Performance
The front-wheel-drive 2014 Volkswagen GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed manual transmission is typical, while a six-speed dual-clutch automated guide (called DSG) is optional. The DSG runs like an automatic transmission, however it can be shifted by hand by means of the shift bar or the change paddles on the steering wheel.
In Edmunds screening, a manual-shift GTI went from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while a GTI with the DSG covered the very same ground in 6.4 seconds: a good number for sporty small automobiles in this price variety. The EPA fees the GTI at 25 mpg integrated (21 mpg city/31 mpg freeway) with the manual gearbox and 27 mpg integrated (24/32) when furnished with the DSG.
2014 VW GTI Safety and Style
Criterion security equipment for the 2014 Volkswagen GTI includes anti-skid brakes, stability manage and footing manage, front-seat side airbags and whole side drape airbags.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the GTI earned a top rating of “Good” in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. Its seat/head restraint layout was likewise rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts. In Edmunds performance screening, braking from 60 to zero mph required 125 feet. That’s longer than standard for a small automobile with all-season tires and about 10 feet longer compared to the summer-tire-equipped rivals in the sport-compact course.
Automotive reporters agree that the 2014 Volkswagen GTI has a sturdy interior that includes fee materials. They include that the front seats are incredibly supportive and comfortable which there’s lots of head- and legroom in both rows. The item location is large for an upscale tiny vehicle, but some reviewers want that the back seats folded flat and that there were additional storage space rooms around the cabin for little products. Some critics grumble that the readily available navigating system has a small touch display, which it can be slow to react to user inputs sometimes. The 2014 Volkswagen GTI comes requirement with hot seats, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, satellite radio, a complementary input jack and an iPod interface. Available features feature a sunroof, leather seats and a touch-screen navigating device.
2014 VW GTI Challenges and Verdict
The initial Mk 1 Volkswagen Golf GTI was developed as a warm hatch every German might manage. At $41,490– unquestionably packed with innovation and equipment– the Mk 7 model is the premium-priced version in this ultra-competitive segment. For an expense of $38,290 you get a great deal of warm hatch with the Ford Focus ST (likewise an item of the German market).
‘Sport’ suspension setup is approaching also solid even for enthusiasts like us– specifically on inadequate additional roadways. Odd because we’ve spent numerous hours on the secondary roads around Volkswagen’s head office in Wolfsburg, Germany and they’re … well, equally as ‘secondary’ as right here in Oz.
And we would not mind a little much less tyre sound on coarse chip bitumen.