2019 VW Golf GTI: Review, Specs and Price in the UAE

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There’s no other car that gives you better value for money than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It is one of the highest ranking compact performance cars in the world and its athletic driving dynamics, state of the art technology, and a comfortably luxury cabin makes it stand out from the rest.

For 2019, VW has focused more on the giving the GTI more performance and better technology and a few visual changes.

Specs

Engine: 2.0L 4 Cylinder  Inter-cooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Horsepower: 230 BHP
Max Torque: 350 Nm
Drive System: FWD
Transmission: 7 Speed Automatic FWD

Exterior

The 2019 Golf GTI gets slight changes to its already award winning design to make it look a bit more sporty and aggressive. The front grille design is refreshed by adding a splitter at the bottom. It also gets new set of alloy wheels, you get 18-inch as standard but can upgrade to the optional 19-inch alloys with matte black paint.

The overall shape, except a few design upgrades to the headlights and taillights, remains unchanged and is nearly identical to the last years model.

For 2019 VW  has also introduced a new Rabbit Edition appearance package that will give you gloss black trim for the side mirrors, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

VW interiors have always been simple but well-crafted and the GTI is no exception. Although the main area where a GTI really excel is at pure driving pleasure but the interior does come with some notable luxury features such as dual zone climate control, adjustable leather power seats, and a superb infotainment system.

The touch screen in the VW Golf GTI is simple and responsive to use. It is one of the first infotainment systems that can be can be controlled through touch, gestures and voice commands, putting the GTI way ahead in-cabin technology than any other car in its class. The touchscreen is intuitive and is as easy to operate as a smartphone. Moreover, it also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The GTI also offers spacious and comfortable cabin that can easy accommodate five passengers, which is again very rare in a car of its class.

VW has done a great job when it comes to storage space, contrary to other small performance cars or sport coupes, the GTI offers large cargo holds, easy to fold seats and useful in-cabin storage.

Safety Features

  • 4-Wheel ABS Disc Brakes
  • Passengers and Driver Side Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross-Traffic Alert

2019 Golf GTI Price in the UAE

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI – AED 122,000

Review overview

Performance8.5
Driving Pleasure9
Looks and Style8
Fuel Economy7
Value for Money8

The Pros

  • Quick Acceleration
  • Upscale Interior
  • Appealing Technology
  • Athletic Handling

The Cons

  • Lower safety scores
  • Unchanged Exterior Style

Summary

8.1VW Golf GTI is an excellent compact performance car. It is fun-to-drive with dynamic handling, has an energetic turbocharged engine, and a set of slick gearboxes and to your surprise, ample cabin and storage space too.