The hatchback brigade was in attendance at Auto Africa as many hot editions, several of which will be available here in the next year, were displayed.

The hatchback brigade was in attendance at Auto Africa as many hot editions, several of which will be available here in the next year, were displayed.

Volkswagen’s new Golf GTI was just one of many star attractions at this year’s Auto Africa Show. It is expected to be launched in South Africa early next year.

While a five-door hatchback has traditionally been the only option available to local buyers, Bill Stevens of Volkswagen SA said a three-door option could be launched here. It would cost approximately R250 000.

Powered by a 147 kW FSI turbo engine, the new GTI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7,2 seconds when fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. With the optional automatic Direct Shift Gearbox, the GTI covers the same benchmark in 6,9 seconds. The 2,0-litre turbocharged FSI engine meets EU4 emission requirements.

The GTI is lowered by 15 mm and the rear multi-link axle set-up has been made more dynamic.

On the inside, the car has a three-spoke steering wheel seen on previous generations that is covered with perforated leather. The GTI insignia is integrated into the headrests of the sports seats. Aluminium is incorporated into the gear stick and pedals, while instruments are enclosed in an aluminium frame.

The GTI is fitted with the complete safety package, which includes ESP, active front headrests and six airbags.

The very hot and very good-looking Mégane Renault Sport, with 165 kW and 300 N.m on tap, arguably beats its five-door siblings in the looks department.

The turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder develops its peak power at 5 500 r/min and its maximum torque at 3 000 r/min. The zero-to-100 km/h benchmark is covered in 6,5 seconds and top speed is 236 km/h.

For handling, this Renault has firmer damping and spring settings than its siblings and enhanced geometry on the front suspension. Fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, a wide front airdam, deep rear spoiler and dual exhaust pipes, this Mégane looks very racy.

The Mégane Renault Sport costs R265 000, which includes an Advanced Driving Skills course.


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