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.
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.
|Engine||1,984cc, inline 4, turbocharged|
|Power||245hp at 5000-6500rpm|
|Torque||370Nm at 1600-4300rpm|
|VES Banding / modifier||B / neutral|
|Price||S$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|