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Point and Shoot: The New Golf VI GTi

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2009, 6 Comments

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I recently took the new VW Golf VI for a ride to see how much has really changed since the Mk5. After the success of the Mk5, it was clear that the Mk6 had much to live up to.

The moment I left the driveway I could tell the ride is much softer than it was which made me a bit concerned as to whether it would have any effect on handling. I am happy to report that is not the case. The Mk6 now features VW’s EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) which works by applying pressure to front inner wheel exactly where it is needed on fast cornering to prevent spinning. This maximizes traction, reduces under steer and improves response.

The Mk6 manages to achieve a perfect and subtle blend between performance handling and comfort driving. Under intense driving the GTi has a steering pulse which alerts you that the limit of traction is about to be reached, so you don’t end up sliding into a ditch.

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So handling wise the car hits the nail on the head once again, but performance was the one area where the Mk5 needed attention since it was outperformed by the other hot hatches. VW’s answer was to make the engine 3kg lighter and adding on a supercharger to the turbocharged 2.0l engine increasing the power output to 155kw and 280Nm torque, with the torque kicking in at 1800rpm. This launches the GTi from 0 – 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 240km/h. In the DSG model, which is the same one I drove, you get a dual clutch semi-auto gearbox, so the one clutch is leading while the other preselects the next gear, making gear changes smoother and quicker.

As both a family and performance car the Golf GTi is an absolute pleasure. With a 275 liter boot, loads of legroom and an impressive 6.1 liters per 100km, it’s a perfect blend of the two. You can really point its nose in the direction you want to go and shoot at it. Safety features include ABS, EBD, ESP, adjustable whiplash optimized head restraints and 7 airbags, making the GTi one of the safest cars ever built and giving it 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

There are a couple of other cars to choose from in the same price class as the Mk6 GTi, but for a balanced combination of speed, luxury, reliability and practicality I’d say the GTi is certainly one of the best.

Article by Dewildt Smith

Comments

IR Gettus

Listen – I’m a big VW fan, amongst other things – but why did the styling of the MK6 not change DRASTICALLY? I cannot understand it at all – now I’m stuck to defend a limp ride to other car supporters! Its now similar to the whole MK1 scenario – VW has rides that “stood the test of time.” Don’t bother us no more with enhanced features – we want NEW! Come on! Is it so much to ask? They have slacked in the most important aspect of it all – HOT HATCH! Now we’re stuck with previous Hot Hatch, enhanced. Change the formula, change the mould! My 2cents.

September 3, 2009 1:11 pm Reply

Dewildt Smith

Valid point.

They have improved the GTi, and improved it well, but I’m sure they could have made the styling more aggressive. If you look at the Opel GTC and the new Focus ST, those are both cars which look the business. None the less, I doubt that it will have a drastic effect on sales, which is in the end all the company is after.

September 4, 2009 9:42 am Reply

IR Gettus

Point taken. At the end of the day… its all about the money, right? And with a large following, why would VW change a winning (for them) formula? Hopefully we will see the day when SA drivers are spoilt for choice and options… but until then – I’ll stick to my teenager car and watch the “car enhancement” industry!

September 7, 2009 8:12 am Reply

Carz

VW produces great cars…tested and reliable. I for one would love to see a new VW design, starting with MK6.

October 20, 2009 7:21 am Reply

Steven Rojas

“Thanks Dewildt,
it was really nice of you to show the glims of the all new Volkswagen golf 6
Volkswagen has always been the car of my dreams
as i cant afford one of these, at least felt somebody could provide me with a contract hire Volkswagen of the kind & i would fly the machine like m riding a plan even for a day..
again thanks a lot…:)”

December 11, 2009 2:36 am Reply

Danny OOYYO

Well this Mk 6 certainly has a lot to live up to and huge boots to fill. Looks like VW are on the right track.

May 4, 2010 9:19 am Reply
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