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For the GTI's seventh generation, Volkswagen refines its performance version of the Golf with more handling tech and drive mode settings.
Volkswagen brings the GTI back along with the seventh generation of its Golf model.
Read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Styling details, such as the honeycomb grille, carry over with this generation of the GTI.
Like the Golf, the GTI version is available in two-door or four-door body styles.
New for the GTI Mk7 is an optional adaptive damper system.
The GTI gains some size over the previous generation, with a little more length and width.
Under the hood, Volkswagen refined the 2-liter four-cylinder engine from the previous version, pushing it up to 210 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.
XDS Plus is the name for Volkswagen's electronic limited-slip differential, which is basically a corner braking system.
Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are part of an optional Lighting package.
The GTI benefits from a multilink rear suspension with a standard antiroll bar.
A blind-spot monitor is available with a Driver Assistance package.
Power-adjustable sport seats come in higher-trim GTIs.
Volkswagen reworked its infotainment systems for this generation of the GTI, with a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen.
Electric power steering includes a Normal and Sport program.
Volkswagen sticks to analog gauges, but includes full trip info and infotainment on the instrument cluster LCD.
A six-speed manual comes standard in the GTI, while a six-speed automated manual, called DSG, is available.
Navigation is optional on the head unit.
Drive modes let you choose between Normal, Sport, and custom settings.
Audio sources include satellite radio, USB drives, SD cards, and iOS devices.
The excellent Fender audio system is available for the GTI.
Volkswagen includes a Lightning adapter so you can plug newer iOS devices into the stereo.