2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Longview TX

Tornado Red 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

What, exactly, makes a hot hatch hot? We’re not talking about temperature, unless you count the skid marks left behind when you accelerate. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes to Longview TX with all the appeal it has had for more than four decades. Motorists first fell for the model precisely because a simple hatchback is not expected to deliver on performance. This only makes it more fun when you surprise your friends by how swift this model can be.

Naturally, much has changed since the vehicle was introduced with a 70-horsepower engine. Though that may sound pitiful in comparison to even the smallest subcompact sedans, it’s important to note how much the GTI has grown in size and weight. Still, there’s something to be said about the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides the current model’s performance profile.

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Key highlights of the 2018 VW Golf GTI

The 2018 VW Golf GTI is a fan favorite not only because it offers a potent engine that retains a standard six-speed manual transmission, but offers an available six-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters and driving mode selection. The Cross-Differential System XDS+ is standard, while the VAQ limited-slip differential is an available option. Likewise, Dynamic Chassis Control is a feature that was once only available in the performance-powerhouse Golf R, but is now an option for the Golf GTI.

Clearly, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a dream for those who are looking for attractive, but understated styling, but the model also benefits from everything that made the Golf popular. After all, the basic hatchback came first, so it must have great benefits. Standard features include heated windshield wiper nozzles, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, air conditioning, classic Clark Plaid upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a 6.5-inch touchscreen system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and a rearview camera.

Why buy a hatchback if not for the space? The 2018 Golf GTI offers 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Find out if this is roomy enough for you when you stop by Gorman McCracken Volkswagen for a test drive.