The hot hatch is an underrated vehicle type, featuring a sports-centric powertrain in a hatchback body. One of the greatest examples of this type of car is the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Inside a hot hatch should be a hot powertrain. For the 2018 Golf GTI, this engine is a deceptively compact 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI® engine, which is turbocharged to a terrific 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The result is an impressive driving experience, especially for the lightweight Golf GTI, which sits at just above 3,000 pounds.
An additional benefit of the compact engine is the Golf GTI’s impressive fuel economy ratings, which stand at 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.*
To support that powerful engine, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI sports a number of performance-supporting features.
The sport suspension features available DCC® adaptive chassis control to create three different settings of suspension firmness, using signals from wheel sensors and acceleration sensors to adjust damping force.
The Golf GTI offers available GTI performance brakes, which feature a ventilated disc and larger calipers for better braking power. Interestingly, the brakes are good for more than stopping — with the XDS+® Cross Differential System, the brakes improve turning, as the optional system uses them to maintain power to the outside wheel for optimal cornering.
In addition to the many performance aspects of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the hot hatchback contains a strong collection of technology features.
For example, the Golf GTI offers an available 8-inch glass touchscreen supplemented by available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, standard Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. The GTI can come with an available Fender® premium audio system, with eight speakers and a subwoofer putting out clear, crisp sound.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the epitome of the famous hot hatch, combining a powerful (yet surprisingly efficient) engine with performance-oriented features and a collection of premium amenities.
*25 city/33 highway mpg (2018 Golf GTI 2.0L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
This article is presented by Don Jacobs Volkswagen in Lexington, Kentucky.