2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review: Eighth Wonder

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Conclusion and Competition 

The sporty hot hatch has incredibly become a rarity these days, thanks or no thanks to the popularity of SUVs. The Golf GTI started this whole thing, and – no surprise here – still putting up a strong showing. It has competition from a few places when you consider the Golf GTI’s S$200k price bracket.

The quicker, more focused Renault Megane RS  is practically the same price, and similarly sized too, although it doesn’t quite have the range of capability the GTI has, and a far less premium interior. The car doesn’t seem to win fans over in Singapore like the Golf GTI has, as a result, and we suspect the badge plays a strong part in choice here. 

Volkswagen Golf GTI wheel

The new, crazily fast but kind of small Toyota GR Yaris can also be viewed as a competitor, but it’s a limited edition special and  local allocations have already sold out, so it’s arguably in a league of its own.

When all is said and done though, when you want a car that’s got a genuinely sporty pedigree, is practical, and also don’t want to or can’t afford to pay Mercedes-AMG A 35  money (a significant S$55k more), the Golf GTI is the answer.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Engine1,984cc, inline 4, turbocharged
Power245hp at 5000-6500rpm
Torque370Nm at 1600-4300rpm
Gearbox7-speed dual-clutch
0-100km/h6.4 seconds
Top Speed250km/h
VES Banding / modifierB / neutral
Fuel Efficiency6.5L/100km
AgentVolkswagen Singapore
PriceS$207,900 with COE
Verdict:Quick, confident, yet comfortable, the very accomplished German hot hatch has been taken to another level with the eighth-generation model

1. Introduction
2. Design and Interior
3. Driving Experience
4. Conclusion and Competition

about the author

Lionel Kong
An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.