35 years have passed since the Volkswagen GTI introduced American consumers to the concept of “hot hatchback”. This is a popular word that describes a car that offers practicality, utility and driving pleasure in the same size. Today the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI continues its tradition, and all it takes is a quick push to see why this German icon remains American favorite cars.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI offers many attributes that make the Golf one of the most popular cars on the market. It’s cabin spacious, simply styled and furnished with high-quality materials. On the other hand, the GTI Golf has its own characteristics, with a responsive turbo engine, an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission and a faster reflex. There are many luxury options for the GTI Golf, including adjustable suspensions, which increase the car’s appeal over other manufacturers. Overall, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a very interesting package.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a four-door hatchback with seats for five. It’s sold in three trim levels: S, SE and Autobahn.
The front-wheel-drive 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is backed by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (VW DSG) available as an option.
In track testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI with the dual-clutch automatic transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That’s a bit quicker than the Ford Focus ST (6.4 seconds), but still behind the Subaru WRX (5.5 seconds).
EPA fuel economy stands at 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) with the manual transmission and 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) with the dual-clutch automatic