Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013–)

Model History

April 2013

Volkswagen Golf GTI available to order in the UK

Prices starting at £25,845 on the road.

Extra-urban mpg Combined mpg Price, £ RRP OTR
GTI 2.0-litre TSI 220 PS 3dr 139 37.7 55.4 47.1 25,845
GTI 2.0-litre TSI 220 PS 5dr 139 37.7 55.4 47.1 26,500
GTI 2.0-litre TSI 220 PS DSG 3dr 148 34.9 53.3 44.1 27,260
GTI 2.0-litre TSI 220 PS DSG 5dr 148 34.9 53.3 44.1 27,915
GTI Performance 2.0-litre TSI 230 PS 3dr 139 37.7 55.4 47.1 26,825
GTI Performance 2.0-litre TSI 230 PS 5dr 139 37.7 55.4 47.1 27,480
GTI Performance 2.0-litre TSI 230 PS DSG 3dr 149 34.9 52.3 44.1 28,240
GTI Performance 2.0-litre TSI 230 PS DSG 5dr 149 34.9 52.3 44.1 28,895

September 2015

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport announced

Has 265PS that increases to 290PS in 10 second "bursts". 0-62 in 5.6 seconds. Top speed 250kmh. (Skoda and SEAT offer this same engine with 280PS in the Superb and the Leon Cupra.) Orders open from January 2016. 6 speed manual or DSG. 42mpg claimed fuel economy with 160g/km.

2WD, not 4WD, but gets active front limited slip diff as standard and a very fancy pair of ventilated folding 'racing' bucket seats. Golf ball gearshift. 18" alloy wheeks standard. 19" 'Brescia' alloy wheels are optional extras. Main colour 'Oryx White' (other colours available). Redesigned roof-edge spoiler.

April 2016

GTI Clubsport Edition 40 launched

Available to order in Volkswagen UK Retailers now, the specially commissioned Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 celebrates four decades of a true automotive icon.

Powering this addition to the GTI range is a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine that delivers 265 PS, making it the most powerful Golf GTI yet. But that’s not the whole story. Accelerate hard in third gear or higher and, for up to 10 seconds, an additional ‘overboost’ function increases the engine power to 290 PS.

In the new Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 this power is channelled entirely to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG. The lightweight front-wheel drive system that is typical of the Golf GTI offers tremendous agility, working as it does in conjunction with an electronically controlled front differential lock and the XDS+ vehicle dynamics function.

The DSG version of the car is also equipped with launch control as standard. Just as with a track racer the Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 – which boasts an unladen weight of as little as 1,375 kg, depending on bodystyle – accelerates in a controlled manner from standstill using its maximum overboost power of up to 290 PS.

Top speed is limited to 155 mph and the 0-62 mph time for both three- and five-door versions – either manual or DSG – is a brisk 6.3 seconds. CO 2 emissions* range between 158 g/km and 162 g/km depending on bodystyle and transmission choice, while combined fuel economy* similarly varies between 40.9 mpg and 40.4 mpg.

The anniversary model is being offered with optional black painted roof which is combined with one of the body colours: Pure White; Tornado Red; Oryx White mother of pearl effect; Reflex Silver; Carbon Grey Metallic; or Urano Grey. The solid colour Deep Black pearl effect is also available.

Production of the new Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 is time limited, and it is anticipated that no more than 1,000 examples of the latest ‘collector’s item’ GTI will be made available to UK buyers.

Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40
Bodystyle Engine Gearbox Power CO 2 (g/km) RRP
Three-door 2.0 TSI Six-speed manual up to 290 PS 162* £30,875.00
Three-door 2.0 TSI Six-speed DSG up to 290 PS 158* £32,290.00
Five-door 2.0 TSI Six-speed manual up to 290 PS 162* £31,530.00
Five-door 2.0 TSI Six-speed DSG up to 290 PS 160* £32,945.00

May 2016

Updated Golf GTI Performance model gets power increase

It now has 245PS and the upgrade also results in a torque increase of 20Nm to 370Nm available in a broad band from 1600rpm to 4300rpm.

0-62mph comes in 6.2 seconds, from the six-speed manual and the new 7-speed wet clutch DSG shared with the Audi RS4, TTRS and T6 Caravelle. The GTI’s top speed is 155 mph in manual form, and 154 mph when equipped with the DSG gearbox.

Larger brake discs, with red-trimmed front calipers, and an electronic front differential are also fitted to the Golf GTI Performance, available to order immediately priced from £29,280 (RRP OTR).

Available with three- or five-doors, the new GTI Performance is fitted with Volkswagen’s advanced Active Info Display as standard. This turns the instrument binnacle into a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT screen to allow the driver to choose from an assortment of potential car and journey information.

January 2018

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR announced

Has 290PS engine and DQ500 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Roadgoing Golf GTI TCR is derived from the racing car of the same name – the two-time overall winner of the 500 car international TCR racing series. The street version gets to 62mph in 5.6 seconds.

The Golf GTI TCR is more exclusive than the Golf GTI Performance 2/3 (which produces 180 kW / 245 PS) and features technology such as Front Assist, Active Info Display and LED headlights. Standard equipment includes a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, premium front sport seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, seat belts with red edging plus an exclusive sports steering wheel. As with the racing series, its leather is specially imprinted (perforated leather) at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions as well as with a red mark at 12 o'clock.

The new Golf GTI TCR is also distinguished by standard 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels (or 18-inch Milton Keynes alloy wheels, as an alternative), black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear. he newcomer makes a further strong impression even before the driver settles behind the wheel, as the TCR logo is projected onto the road when the front doors are opened.

The Golf GTI TCR can be further customised with options such as a new honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, carbon door mirror caps, a black painted roof, as well as various 19-inch alloy wheels. The alloy wheels are offered as a package, which among other things includes a Vmax upgrade to 260 km/h.

The first package includes Reifnitz 19-inch rims with 235/35 R19 Pirelli P-Zero tyres, the top speed upgrade, a sports version of the rear damping system and the DCC adaptive chassis control system. The second package includes Pretoria 19-inch rims with racetrack-ready Micheling Pilot Sport Cup tyres (semi-slicks) sized 235/35 R19. Here, too, the top speed upgrade, the sports version of the rear damping and the DCC are included. This package also includes additional wheel locks with expanded anti-theft protection.

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