The biggest change goes unseen—an evolution of the GTI’s electronic pseudo differential, now called “XDS electronic transverse differential lock.” In a corner, XDS gently brakes the inside front wheel to ensure optimal traction. We were skeptical, especially because a brake-based system is not technically a differential, but our suspicions were unfounded. XDS not only rubs out any hint of torque steer, it does a remarkable job of limiting understeer—even if you mash the throttle well before the apex of a corner.
The new interior features plenty of chrome accents, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and VW’s latest touch-screen navigation system. A new acoustically damped windshield and thicker side glass attempt to cut down on cabin noise, and indeed the GTI is amazingly hushed.
Source: Car and Driver