2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch

Let’s face it. The Volkswagen Goff GTI Clubsport isn’t for everyone. So if you are looking for a high-performing, practical daily driver, well then the 2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI would be the logical choice. While not as flashy and track-ready as the Clubsport, the ‘regular’ Golf GTI is not a slouch either.

2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch

It is powered by a 2.0L inline-four turbocharged engine that now produces 265 PS (261 HP) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque—20 more ponies (in PS, that is) than its predecessor.

The engine is paired with a seven-speed DSG and an electronic differential lock that enables this pocket rocket to make the century sprint (0-100 km/h; 0-62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds. If you don’t already know, that is the first time the GTI has gone under six seconds for a 0-100 sprint. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The 2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI looks largely like the last model but with some tweaks. There are the new LED headlights, an illuminated VW logo at the front, the redesigned LED tail light clusters, a set of new 9-inch Queenstown alloy wheels, and the model’s iconic twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipes.

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On the inside, there are the revamped infotainment systems controlled using a visually free-standing touchscreen or by IDA, the new voice assistant with ChatGPT integration. Also inside is the Engine/Start/Stop button, pedal caps in brushed stainless steel, a black headliner, and the enhanced Digital Cockpit Pro (digital instruments).

The new 2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI can now be configured and ordered in Europe with a starting price of €44,505 [DE] (about US$47,726).

2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch
2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch
2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch
2025 Volkswagen Golf GTI Compact Hatch

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