2014 GOLF GTI AUSTRALIA
Volkswagen’s Mk7 Golf GTI is now on sale in Australia, priced from $41,490 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual and $43,990 for the six-speed DSG automatic.
The GTI is a later inclusion to the Mk7 Golf range, which arrived in local showrooms earlier this year.
Some may be disappointed to find that the three-door body style is now permanently gone from the range, with the new GTI going exclusively five-door in Australia.
“The Mk 7 Golf GTI continues the legacy the original started in 1976,” Volkswagen said.
“A bestseller in the Australian market with cult status, the seventh generation Golf GTI is set to raise the bar even higher with unprecedented levels of performance, efficiency and convenience.”
Power is up 7kW over the outgoing model, with the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing a very healthy 162kW at 6400rpm.
Torque gets an even meatier boost, leaping from 280Nm to 350Nm and available from just 1500rpm.
An optional “Performance Pack” will join the range in the second quarter of 2014 - in DSG form only - costing around $4000 extra and boosting power to 169kW. The package also includes a front-differential lock.
Both manual and DSG-equipped GTI models can bolt to 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, which improves to 6.4 seconds with the optional Performance Pack. This marks an improvement of 0.4 and 0.5 seconds respectively over the out-going model.
A new stop-start system, taller gear ratios and lighter construction combine to improve fuel consumption to 6.2 l/100km for the manual and 6.6 l/100km for the DSG transmission.
The body sits 15mm lower than the regular Golf models, with MacPherson suspension in the front and “modular performance” suspension in the rear.
Ventilated disc brakes up front and solid rear discs take care of the stopping. The GTI is also fitted with the expected anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD), brake assist, electronic stabilisation program (ESP) and brake energy recuperation.
The GTI sits on 18-inch 'Austin' alloy wheels wearing 225/45 tyres.
A new Progressive Steering system features in the 2014 GTI, reducing the turning circle to 2.1 turns to lock, compared to 2.75 in the regular Golf. This is designed to allow faster steering, through tighter turns, with less movement at the wheel.
In regular models - those not upgraded to the Performance Pack - Volkswagen's Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL+) is a major player in the GTI's control system.
An evolution of the XDS system introduced in the previous model, XDL+ targets brake interventions at the wheels, acting as a sort of pseudo-LSD.
There's also ESP Sport, a two-stage switch in the centre console. Pushing the button once 'deactivates' traction control, while holding the button down switches to ESP Sport, creating an even longer delay before intervention.
Perhaps most importantly, the new GTI is now fitted with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) as standard, where previously it was a $1500 optional extra.
With ACC on-board, owners benefit from the choice of three drive models - Comfort, Normal and Sport - adjusting damper settings to soften or tighten the vehicle's dynamics as desired.
Safety and performance features in the new Golf GTI include standard driver fatigue detection, driving profile selection and a multi-collision braking system.
The brake callipers are painted red, the rear tail-lights have a smoked appearance and there are chrome tips on the dual rear tail pipes.
Items on the options list include adaptive cruise control, 'front-assist' with city emergency braking and a 'surroundings monitoring' system.
The distinctive design featured on the sports seats gets the name 'Clark' while the 'Vienna' leather pack is optional.
Taller drivers will welcome the new seat position, which has been relocated back 20mm compared to the old model, while the steering wheel now has an improved range of adjustment.
Pedal distances have also increased, with the distance between the brushed stainless-steel brake and throttle pedals increasing by 16mm.
The instrument cluster features unique graphics and a colour display while the rest of the interior gets red mood-lighting and a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel.
Automatic climate control is standard along with Park Assist and a touchscreen infotainment system.
The new Golf GTI is 4349mm long, 1799mm wide and 1491mm high while the wheelbase measures 2620mm.
There’s 380 litres of luggage space in the boot with the rear seats in place, and 1270 litres with them folded down. The fuel tank holds 50 litres.
The new GTI weighs in at 1313kg when fitted with the manual transmission and 1324kg with the DSG auto.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Golf GTI 6 Speed Manual - $41,490
- Golf GTI 6 Speed DSG - $43,990
- Golf GTI Performance Pack - $47,990 (arrives 2014)
- Metallic / Pearl Effect paint $500
- Panoramic electric glass sunroof $1,850
- Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights $2,150
- Vienna leather appointed upholstery $3,150
- Driver assistance package $1,300