As a two-time Good 12 winner, the renovated Volkswagen GTI has a lot to live up to. In sixth-generation form, the new Golf GTI – no longer a Rabbit – is very similar to the outgoing car, the GTI MK5. VW USA will price the base GTI at $23,290, about $1,000 more than the Honda Civic Si. Basic 3-door prices in Canada start at $28,675.
Power stands still at 200-bhp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The VW 2.0L turbo is a wonderful engine; so consider this a “no harm done” situation. Transmissions remain as six speeds: a DSG or manual gearbox. Though the platform isn’t significantly alterred, there are changes. Those changes, however, are hard to spot.