VW Golf GTI Mk7 vs Golf GTI Mk6 – What’s Different?

The most famous name in the hot hatch business is back – Golf GTI.

For nearly four decades the GTI has been one of the most desirable vehicles on the road, and at next week’s Geneva Motor Show the new Mk7 GTI will debut.

We’ve already seen the pictures and heard the stats, but just how does it stack up against its predecessor, already a highly competent car?

Golf GTI Mk7 front

Golf GTI Mk7

Golf GTI Mk6 front

Golf GTI Mk6

As you’d expect, power, performance and economy have all improved, while a drop in weight thanks to the new MQB platform should make it handle better than ever.

Where the old model developed 210 PS from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the new car makes 10 PS more as standard. For the first time, a further power upgrade is also available in the GTP Performance, raising total output to 230 PS, while both develop significantly more torque than the old car’s 280 Nm, at 350 Nm apiece.

This shaves 0.4 seconds off the 0-62 mph sprint, now passing in a flash at 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 152 mph on the standard GTI (3 mph better than before), while the Performance goes one tenth and 3 mph better in the respective benchmarks.

Golf GTI Mk7 rear

Golf GTI Mk7

Golf GTI Mk6 rear

Golf GTI Mk6

With the six-speed manual gearbox, combined economy sits at 47 mpg for both versions, with 44.1 and 43.5 mpg for each version when equipped with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. For comparison, the old car couldn’t better 39 mpg. Thanks to lower CO2 emissions, you’ll also pay only 120 per year on Vehicle Excise Duty, rather than 195.

18-inch ‘Austin’ wheels are standard on the new car, rather than the 17-inch wheels standard across the rest of Europe. Unique styling also sets the new car apart from lesser Golfs, though it’s still one of the classier hot hatch shapes on the market.

Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard, while inside those classic tartan sport seats make a return – a GTI staple – with a black headlining, red ambient lighting and a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel.

Golf GTI Mk7 interior

Golf GTI Mk7

Golf GTI Mk6 interior

Golf GTI Mk6

Full UK pricing and detailed specification are yet to be confirmed – but they should appear soon.

Priced from: Not yet announced

Available from: Order 26 March, on sale 18th June


There’s little doubt the new GTI will be the best yet, with improved performance and economy over its predecessor and sharp-suited styling to appeal to the GTI’s discerning customers.
For more information check out our full summary of the Volkswagen Golf alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!
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