What’s the lowdown on the new 2019 VW Golf GTI?

November 30, 2018 1:16 pm | http://www.bathurstvw.com.au/, Peter Warren

For some, the VW Golf is a practically perfect car. It's not attention-grabbing like the fanciest of vehicles on the market, but it does everything it should do and more than competing with other cars it's size.

Not too big, but not too small, super practical, engineered to exacting German standards, smart and sleek inside and out – these are just a few of things we like about a VW Golf.

The first half of 2019 sees the new VW Golf GTI released, before a new VW Golf TCR model follows later in the year. Both are ahead of an all-new Golf release in 2020.

As expected, a new release brings a number of changes. So what are the features worth knowing about the 2019 VW Golf GTI?

1) 5 doors only

Traditionally the VW Golf has come with the choice of three or five doors, but the 2019 version has ditched the former. Now only available with five doors, the new style means that the lower price bracket has also been removed, which may push it slightly out of range for tighter budgets.

2) Keeping up with technology

2019 sees plenty of new features previously not available, many enhancing passenger safety with updated technology:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Self-steer parking
  • Alert systems such as lane assist and lane guidance
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Pedestrian monitoring
  • Front assist with emergency brake
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear traffic alert
  • LED headlights and light assist
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Push button start

On the infotainment front, the standard 8-inch touchscreen features sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – with an eight-speaker stereo system supporting it all. Meanwhile, an upgrade is available, offering a 9.2-inch version with an optional swipe-command gesture (yes, you literally swipe your hand through the air!) and voice control. It's worth knowing that the upgrade package also comes with 19-inch Brescia alloy wheels and a Dynaudio 400W sound system.

3) Travelling in comfort

They say beauty is on the inside, and it seems the designers agree. The new VW Golf GTI balances comfort and style, with usability and functional features. It comes with Clark tartan cloth upholstery and dual-zone climate control for the comfort of the driver and passengers alike. Meanwhile, the newly designed high-tech dashboard is set up with the driver in mind.

For buyers choosing the luxury package, heated seats and leather upholstery are on offer. The driver's seat has memory technology, as do the exterior mirrors, and there's a panoramic sunroof. 

4) Driving power

Lightweight for its size, the 2019 VW Golf GTI handles corners with ease with its new electro-mechanical front locking differential lock. The steering is smooth and on-point, while the new, more powerful, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine delivers an impressive 180kW and 370Nm. This is an increase of 11kW and 20Nm compared to the previous model.

The upgrade in power sees the VW Golf GTI go from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds. Fuel efficiency is advertised as 6.5 litres/100km. 

You'll now also find the VW Golf R's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission installed in the GTI, replacing the old six-speed version. Replacing the old dry-clutch unit that once prompted a recall, there's a new and improved wet-clutch DSG that responds well to input.

For a personal inspection and to arrange to test drive the new VW Golf GTI, get in touch with Peter Warren Automotive Volkswagen dealership in Sydney.