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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a hot hatch for grown-ups

This turbocharged five-door checks all the right boxes.

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Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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LED headlights are standard on SE and Autobahn models.

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The hatchback has 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI uses a 220-hp turbocharged engine.

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The Golf GTI is only available as a five-door in the US.

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Eighteen-inch alloys nicely fill out the wheel wells.

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The GTI is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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In addition to 220 hp, the Golf GTI has 258 pound-feet of torque.

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We love the new fan-blade-style 18-inch wheels.

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LED taillights are standard on the Golf GTI.

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