Volkswagen Golf GTI (DSG) 2.0 Review
Seven's heaven

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
18 Aug 2013


I have an embarrassing story to tell. Up till my first foray into the motoring journalism community, the Golf GTI was just another car. Sure, I’ve heard others rave about it for years since the Mk V version was launched but having not driven one personally up till then, I hadn’t known what I was missing anyway.

It wasn’t until I was given the keys to the previous Mk VI Golf for 72 hours did I realize what all the raving was about. I thought it was presumptuous at the time but the person handing me the keys asked with a glint in his eye and a grin, ‘Are you sure you want to take the GTI before having the required amount in your bank account?’.

I didn’t dwell much on it at the time and left for my test drive. But 72 hours later, the same guy had to wrestle the keys back from me.  Now, what makes the GTI such an enduring icon of the motoring community?

Well, the recipe is simple and has endured through the years with each generation. The hatch sits four adults and is equipped with a decent boot. Shoehorn a powerful turbocharged engine under the bonnet and you can have quite a chuckle when driving point to point going about your tasks. 

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5/92.8)mm
Power 220bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 160.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 244 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4,268 x 1,790 x 1,442) mm
Wheelbase 2,631 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1370 kg
Boot Capacity 380 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1270 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs