The revised Volkswagen Golf GTI has been spotted undergoing testing and while the changes appear to be relatively minor, they are rumoured to address niggles from its predecessor. Here is what we know so far.
At the front, the most noticeable update is the slimmer headlights, a design tweak previously seen on other Golf family members. The familiar red line that connects the headlights remains, but the GTI badge has been repositioned, now partially on and off a trim piece situated between the lights (not shown in these images). Additionally, the lower grille is set for a makeover. Despite attempts to conceal the changes with black tape in certain spy shots, a closer examination reveals that the trim extends further down and then curves upward into what resembles an aggressive expression.
The rear changes are less significant, with the most important updates taking place inside the cabin. Customers can anticipate a slightly larger central touchscreen and Volkswagen appears to be listening to customer feedback by forgoing the touch-sensitive controls introduced in the previous Golf 8, which did not receive a favourable response.
Regarding the powertrain, it remains uncertain whether Volkswagen has any updates planned. The current Golf GTI is equipped with a 2,0-liter, four-cylinder engine generating 180 kW of power at 5 000 r/min and 370 N.m at 1 600 r/min.
The Golf GTI has a storied history as a quintessential hot hatch, known for its blend of performance and practicality. With this update, Volkswagen seems to be aiming to maintain the model’s appeal among its loyal fan base while addressing customer concerns. By making subtle design improvements and addressing previous criticisms, VW is likely positioning the updated Golf GTI to remain a strong contender in the competitive hot hatch segment.