2016 volkswagen gti Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI now comes standard with a rearview camera. A new infotainment system featuring a 6.5-inch touchscreen is now available while the Driver Assistance package has been updated with new features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of two performance version of the Golf hatchback, the other being the all-wheel-drive Golf R.
One engine is available in the 2016 GTI: a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 rated at 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the Performance package, the engine is rated at 220 hp. A six-speed manual or twin-clutch automatic transmission is offered in the GTI. Fuel economy is excellent for a hot hatch at 25/34 mpg city/highway with the manual and 25/33 mpg with the automatic. Behind the split-folding rear seats, there’s 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 52.7 cubic feet.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. The Driver Assistance package adds more safety aids including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
In the base S trim, standard features include plaid-patterned cloth upholstery, heated front seats, an infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touchscreen, a drive mode selector, LED fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and ambient lighting. Moving up to the SE trim adds a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, a Fender premium audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and leather upholstery. The range-topping Autobahn trim adds navigation, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and dual-zone climate control, in addition to the standard features included in the S and SE trims. The Performance Packages ups horsepower by 10 and comes with the VAQ differential and larger brakes. Opting for the Lighting package adds adaptive HID headlights with LED accents.
What We Think
Considered the benchmark hot hatch, the Golf GTI remains an exceptional machine, offering an impeccable balance of performance, handling, and refinement in a practical package. In a comparison test that also included the Subaru WRX, Mini Cooper S, and Honda Civic Si, the GTI won because it felt at home on and off the track. We noted that the car’s ride and steering was deemed the best of the four while its level of refinement and build quality surpasses that of its competition. We also noted in a 2015 First Test review that due to the sporty nature of the GTI, its ride is a little rougher than the conventional Golf while the cabin is a tiny bit noisier. Build quality, on the other hand, is a strong point because it’s even better than the previous generation GTI, which already had a solid cabin filled with high-grade materials.
Since the Volkswagen Golf GTI is part of the Golf family, it won Motor Trend’s 2015 Car of the Year award.
The Golf GTI arguably created the hot hatch segment when arrived in the early 1980s.
- Excellent performance and handling
- Practical hatchback body style
- Well-built cabin
You Won’ Like:
- Navigation isn’t available on lower trim levels
- Ride is slightly rougher than a normal Golf