Volkswagen’s Golf GTI is a perennial Better of 10 winner resulting from its affordability, efficiency, practicality and commonplace guide 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 sizzling hatch, however now the configurator is dwell, and we will construct the variations we’ll be shopping for. With a beginning value of $30,540, they could be inside attain.

Pleasure Caparella’s $30,935 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI S

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The Golf GTI has gotten costly over time, so I am sticking with the bottom S mannequin which has the quintessential plaid seats. It has virtually 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 may 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 commonplace six-speed guide transmission are in any other case similar to the costlier 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 optionally available bigger display. I selected the subdued Moonstone Grey exterior coloration for a further $395 as a result of I believe the present development of flat grey seems sharp. My GTI sticker at $30,935, simply above the automobile’s authentic value.

Drew Dorian’s $35,290 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Of the three GTI trims obtainable, the mid-range SE checks all of the containers for me with out getting into luxurious territory. Whereas the Base S is pretty nicely geared up, the SE comes with niceties like a panoramic sunroof, giant 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 computerized is an effective one, I will keep on with the usual six-speed guide. I not too long ago had the possibility to take a guide GTI on a check drive via the mountains in North Carolina and completely fell in love. As for colours, I would say I want VW supplied 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 completely cheap $35,290.

Conor Hoffman’s $40,054 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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I am going for peak efficiency with my GTI as I will be taking it to open observe days. Meaning, in fact, holding the guide transmission and choosing the highest Autobahn trim for its 19-inch wheels, summer time tires, and adaptive dampers. Fortunately, since I acquired an Autobahn mannequin, I can even get the brighter Pomelo Yellow, a $395 possibility. Sadly, although, I can not discover plaid seats, however as a substitute solely go for Titan Black seats, which distinction properly with the pink detailing. I am additionally including a service bar for $299 and a motorcycle 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. General, I am at $40,054, approaching Golf R territory.



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