Interesting road test here with the 3-door DSG model of the VW Golf GTI.
Now that the numbers are out of the way, here’s where we wax poetic. The GTI, in any form, is a pure delight, something any hot-hatch shopper should sample, even if a car with higher horsepower (say, the 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3) is what will truly slake their thirst. The VW’s steering is light and precise, the ride-and-handling balance is among the best in the world, and the interior is fabulously turned out. (Go for the plaid-clothed seats instead of our tester’s leather; spec’ing leather also nabs sport seats with bigger bolsters, but the base chairs are fine and much cheaper.) And the best part—the best part—is that all of it comes in a hugely practical hatchback body that starts at just $24,215 with the six-speed manual. Cargo room remains the same if you opt for the three-door, but we prefer the five-door layout for its easier rear-seat access, even if it does cost about $600 more.