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VW Golf GTi 5dr manual: Test Drive Review

Date: 28 November 2013

P11D: £26,320

We'd previously sampled the DSG auto version of the Golf GTi, and while it's good, this six-speed manual is probably the one to pick because it's £1500 cheaper and 9g/km more efficient, dropping the car two BIK bands. That combination adds up to a saving of £324 per year in BIK alone, without factoring in the 3.0mpg advantage of the manual. It also means a 3.4p per mile advantage, which is very impressive at 139g/km compared with a Ford Focus ST's 169g/km.

The Golf GTi is excellent in terms of combining performance with lower medium hatchback practicality, and though a cracking-handling hot hatch, is an easy car to live with day-to-day.

The aforementioned Ford Focus ST is the most logical five-door rival, but others to consider include the Audi S3 and Skoda Octavia vRS. However, the Golf's all-round excellence make it a clear winner on both logic and desirability - and the manual is the one to select.

Volkswagen Golf GTi 5dr manual
P11D price £26,320
Model price range £16,495-£28,895
Fuel consumption 47.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 139g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month £83/£167
Service interval variable miles
Insurance (1-50) group 29
Warranty 3yrs/60,000 mls
Boot space min/max 380/1270 litres
Engine size/power 1984cc/220hp
Top speed/0-62mph 152mph/6.5secs
On sale Summer 2013


Great car and, for the performance, reasonable efficiency and costs.