Volkswagen’s Golf GTI is a perennial Better of 10 winner because of its affordability, efficiency, practicality and normal handbook transmission (#SavetheManuals). So, naturally, we get excited when a brand new mannequin comes out. For 2022, the GTI will get a 241-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine (as much as 13 horsepower on the Mk 7 mannequin), new styling and an up to date inside. We have already run VW’s newest scorching hatch, however now the configurator is stay, and we are able to construct the variations we’ll be shopping for. With a beginning worth of $30,540, they might be inside attain.
Pleasure Caparella’s $30,935 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI S
The Golf GTI has gotten costly through the years, so I am sticking with the bottom S mannequin which has the quintessential plaid seats. It has nearly the identical efficiency goodies as all greater trims, the primary sacrifice being that the 18-inch wheels on the S and SE solely include Pirelli P Zero all-season tyres; You will sadly need to improve to the Autobahn’s 19-inch setup to get the grippier Hankook Ventus or Bridgestone Potenza summer time tire fitment. The 241-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four engine, limited-slip differential, and normal six-speed handbook transmission are in any other case an identical to the dearer GTI fashions. I additionally like the bottom GTI’s inside setup, as its smaller touchscreen infotainment system has bodily knobs (I’ve but to sit down down in a single to see how they work) versus the touch-only interface of the elective bigger display screen. I selected the subdued Moonstone Grey exterior coloration for a further $395 as a result of I believe the present development of flat grey appears to be like sharp. My GTI sticker at $30,935, simply above the automotive’s authentic worth.
Drew Dorian’s $35,290 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE
Of the three GTI trims out there, the mid-range SE checks all of the containers for me with out getting into luxurious territory. Whereas the Base S is pretty nicely outfitted, the SE comes with niceties like a panoramic sunroof, massive 10.0-inch infotainment show, in-dash navigation, a Harmon/Kardon stereo system, wi-fi smartphone charging and adaptive headlamps. Though the eight-speed dual-clutch automated is an efficient one, I will persist with the usual six-speed handbook. I not too long ago had the possibility to take a handbook GTI on a take a look at drive via the mountains in North Carolina and completely fell in love. As for colours, I would say I want VW provided a greater palette of choices right here, and the GTI deserves one thing extra thrilling than white, black, silver, or grey. I believe I will select Atlantic Blue Metallic, however it’s not my favourite. The SE is obtainable with two possibility packages—one which swaps in black wheels and one which trades the plaid upholstery for leather-based—however I would skip each. My GTI SE rings in at a very cheap $35,290.
Conor Hoffman’s $40,054 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn
I am going for peak efficiency with my GTI as I will be taking it to open monitor days. Meaning, in fact, conserving the handbook transmission and choosing the highest Autobahn trim for its 19-inch wheels, summer time tires, and adaptive dampers. Fortunately, since I obtained an Autobahn mannequin, I may also get the brighter Pomelo Yellow, a $395 possibility. Sadly, although, I can not discover plaid seats, however as an alternative solely go for Titan Black seats, which distinction properly with the purple detailing. I am additionally including a provider bar for $299 and a motorbike holder for $180 so I can carry my mountain bike. Add flooring liner for $190 so my inside stays clear throughout Michigan’s salt season. Total, I am at $40,054, approaching Golf R territory.