The 2018 Volkswagen GTI is a variant of the Golf hatchback; it specializes in offering performance. The GTI is an excellent performer on the track and in everyday use. If this vehicle were a boxer then it would have a special lethal punch for all its rivals; therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that it competes favorably with almost all its classmates and above. You will love the well-built, spacious interior and the brilliant mix of comfort and performance. On the negative side, the Golf R understeers a lot, and it is only the higher grades that have active safety features.
What is new for 2018?
The 2018 GTI model has been "pimped" with some fresh things like more power on the base trim, a larger touchscreen as part of a new multimedia system and an updated exterior design. The Golf R provides high performance, and it comes with updated standard features like an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit.
Which features are available in the 2018 Volkswagen GTI?
The base S trim has standard features that include: plaid cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, LED fog lights and auto engine stop/start (with the automatic only). The SE trim adds keyless entry/start, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, full LED headlights and a limited-slip differential that is controlled electronically. The Autobahn trim adds more standard features like adaptive cruise control, Dynamic Chassis Control, 12-way power driver's seat, a Fender premium audio system, navigation and a panoramic sunroof.
The standard features of the Golf R include 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit, a 12-way power driver's seat, full LED headlights, heated front seats and keyless entry/start. It also has adaptive cruise control, navigation; high beam assist, automatic parking assist, blind-spot warning, a Fender premium audio system, Dynamic Chassis Control, lane keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
What is under the hood of the 2018 Volkswagen GTI?
The GTI produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. It can be paired with an optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic or a standard six-speed manual transmission. The 2018 Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that produces 292 hp and 280 lb-ft. The Golf R comes with two transmission options, a fresh seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a standard six-speed manual.
Which are the main competitors?
The 2018 Volkswagen GTI is more than capable of holding its own, but it will be facing competition from the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Mini Clubman S and Subaru WRX.
How safe is the 2018 Volkswagen GTI?
The 2018 Golf R and Golf GTI received a perfect five-star rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS has not done any test on the 2018 version, but the 2017 version won a Poor score on the headlights test and a Good rating on all crashworthiness.
The Golf GTI has plenty of safety features on the SE trim and higher; they include standard blind-spot warning, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The Autobahn trim is the only one with standard Adaptive cruise control; it also adds high beam assist, automatic park assist, and lane keeping assist. The GTI comes with safety features that are similar to the Golf R, but in the Golf R's case, they are exclusive to models with navigation and Dynamic Chassis Control.