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05 May 2017

There isn't a name more synonomous with the hot hatch genre than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. While the Mk1 car isn't necessarily the first ever hot hatch, it's most definitely the vehicle that excited the public's imagination and built the template for virtually every car worthy of the epithet ever since.

The Mk7 Golf is a full rounded, honed and fine-tooth-combed deal boasting exemplary levels of comfort, refinement, efficiency and technology. It also boasts excellent real world pace, although more performance can be had cheaper elsewhere, but to the detriment of build quality. Where the Golf GTI does fall behind rivals is when it comes to outright excitement, but very few, if any, can match it for all-round excellence. As modern hot hatches go, the Golf GTI is the ultimate safe pair of hands.

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