There's no such thing as a bargain driver's car, and that applies to the latest iteration of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, too. The hot hatch premiered back in January with revised styling and a few other tweaks, including a power boost, and is now on sale.
The Wolfsburg car marque has announced that it starts at €44,505 in its homeland of Germany. This equals $47,992 at today's exchange rates or nearly as much as a brand-new BMW 3 Series (€45,200/$48,742). To its excuse, the premium compact sports sedan is far less punchy, as it comes with hp (156 ps/115 kW) in the base 318i configuration, taking 8.6s to 62 mph (100 kph).
Meanwhile, the latest VW Golf GTI front-wheel drive compact hot hatch is almost three seconds faster. The acceleration takes 5.9 seconds and it can do 155 mph (250 kph) flat-out. Powering it is an updated 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 261 hp (265 ps/195 kW) between 5,250 and 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque from only 1,600 rpm.

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