Hi Autoblog viewers! So, here we are, completely in line with our new corporate policy. We’re only going to test environmentely friendly cars from now on… …so we’re in a car with a green C-label. That’s very nice for the leasers among you. And I’m driving a car every Creative VP Consultancy dreams about. The Golf GTI, the new one, the Golf VI. It’s completely different, every single thing is brand new… …except for the bodywork, the chassis, the engine and a couple of other small things. VW aren’t really clear about it but if I compare it to the old one… …the first thing that comes to mind is; facelift. Apparently that isn’t really true… …but I can’t work it out. Golf 5,5 would’ve been a good name too. The big question of course is: How much horsepower? 210.10 more than the Mk. V. So that’s a gigantic leap forward! So how does it sound? And how does it work? We’ll show you now. You’re wondering why I’m not changing gears, well, it’s got a DSG-gearbox. Very nice. And of course you can also get it with a manual transmission… …but for our own sake we’ve chosen the DSG. It’s good for traffic jams, which also fits in with the lease-characteristic if this car. It’s a 6-speed DSG. And when I do this… …I of course mean this. It’s not the 2-litre TFSI from the previous GTI… …but a 2-litre TSI. Note the missing letter. And you’ve got 10 horsepower extra, that’s a fair deal. I’ve also got a sort of volume knob behind the steering wheel. Listen to this… …louder, louder… …and quieter again. Smart. Talking about sound: It’s quit decent but I wouldn’t drive it though a tunnel, it’s not that spectacular. That doesn’t mean it’s slow, it does 0-62 in 6.9 seconds… …and it’s top speed is exactly twice the speed limit in Holland: 150 mph, leave the calculator. The DSG version is 2 mph slower strange enough: it does 148 mph.We can live with that though. There’s another new thing: XDS, a sort of electronic limited slip differential… …but don’t cheer just yet, cos there’s a button: ESP off. But the last thing it does is turning the ESP off. It will only make a light in the dash blink… Danger! You’ve turned a safety feature off! But actually you’ve only swiched the traction control off.You just can’t swich the ESP off. So we’ll never know how the GTI really drives, how the balance really is. The ESP will still be doing minor corrections to keep it straight. On the one hand that’s a
good thing, but on the other hand a superman like me want’s a bit more. Fortunately there’s another button for me to play with. It’s optional though. But knowing VW it won’t be a big premium. And it’s the DCC-button. The active suspension thingy… …it gives you 3 settings, comfort… …sport… …and normal. That’s somewhere in between. The differences are very small though. What is there more to say about this car? It’s really looks like the Mk. V. It’s a bit lighter, a bit more economical and a bit faster. But it still is a nice car to drive in… …maybe a bit too tame and too safe. You can push it to the limit without getting in trouble. A more hardcore version would be welcome. Who knows, maybe there will be one.Until then 31.650 euro’s will buy you a very fun and quick Golf GTI… Don’t go too far with the options…..this one has been painted pearl white, adaptable suspension, sat nav…..we didn’t need those things in the original Golf GTI so why bother taking them now? This leaves one question, this one or the Scirocco? We’d like your opinion on that. .