Golf GTI Irish launch

History, every car has one or at least that’s what PR people tell you but there is one car out there that has a real game changing history; the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

History, every car has one or at least that’s what PR people tell you but there is one car out there that has a real game changing history; the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Actually there’s no other name that gets the debate going as fast as GTI Golf you see, lots of people think that the Golf doesn’t drive as well as some of the Japanese hatchbacks and in fairness there have been points over the last few decades where the Golf hasn’t been up to standard, this current one isn’t one of those times.

Let’s get the numbers out of the way, 220bhp FWD. 0-100kph in 6.4 seconds and on to a

top speed of 156mph.

You can opt for a performance pack later this year that will get you bigger brakes and 10 more horses for about €1500, I’m not sure you’ll need that unless you are taking it onto the track or you need to get home faster than 220bhp will get you there.

The interior is as you’d expect, tough, logical and very European.

There’s a couple of extra buttons, sports button somehow makes the car better.

Pulling it onto the road and unleashing everything under the bonnet.

The steering wheel is different from a Golf too, it’s fatter and flat on the bottom.

There’s a sporty feeling from the minute you sit in on the traditional tartan seats that hug you in a friendly/I’ll keep you safe sort of way which goes nicely with the golf ball topped gearstick in keeping the traditional GTI memorabilia.

On the road you wouldn’t think you were in such a fast capable car because the GTI is

pliant and rides nicely.

I think it might be the most comfortable GTI ever.

You aren’t here for comfort though because the way it deals with the 0-60 is with this huge surge, noise and the distinct feeling of pure speed.

The speed sort of creeps up on you, it’s like pushing your foot down and feeling power, noise and then you are breaking all sorts of limits; it’s addictive though.

Cornering is just as addictive, you push hard on one pedal and then push the other and

turn in when the car settles and you’ll watch many corners happen and then you’ll wonder how you got around that.

There’s a solid race car vibe going on through the Golf GTI with lots of sport settings but behind all that it’s a solid 3 or 5 door hatch and that’s something you shouldn’t ignore, the 5 door version of this can take a trip to Ikea, stop at Dunnes, pick up the kids and put in a lap time around Mondello that would shame some decent track cars.

Such is the wonderful world of GTI ownership, these are all the reasons that the new GTI is perfect.

The only worry is that the standard Golf 7 is such a good car I’m not sure you’ll need to upgrade to the GTI unless you are a fan.

The brilliant Golf 7 and GTI are available in the home for Volkswagen in Co. Laois Michael Moore 057 862 4102.

**** The original Golf Mk1 was a front-wheel drive, front-engined replacement for the air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Volkswagen Beetle.

Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen’s best-selling model.

It is the world’s second best-selling model, with more than 29 million built by 2012.