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25 March 2009

New VW Golf GTI front

New Golf GTI starts at £22,410

Volkswagen has announced the pricing for its brand-new Golf GTI – the sixth-generation version of this iconic performance hatchback.

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Three- and five-door Golf GTIs are available, with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch 'DSG' semi-automatic. Prices start at £22,410 for the three-door manual, rising to £24,300 for the five-door DSG. That represents a slight rise over the outgoing model (and over the ), but the hike doesn't come without its compensations...

Better fuel economy

Modifications to the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine for the new GTI mean it now generates 207bhp – 10 more than before. Yet it's also far more efficient, with CO2 emissions reduced from 189g/km to 170g/km, and average fuel economy rising from 35.3mpg to 38.7 – the DSG gearbox improving this still further to 38.2mpg.

New VW Golf GTI rear

0-62mph takes 6.9 seconds

But that's not all. The new GTI's 206lb ft of torque (pulling power) is not only available earlier in the rev range at just 1,750rpm for better responsiveness, it remains on tap until 5,200rpm - hinting at excellent in-gear flexibility. The 0-62mph sprint now takes just 6.9 seconds, while top speed rises to 143mph.

Beyond this the new GTI gets an electronic limited slip differential as standard. Volkswagen calls this 'XDS', and it's there to help provide better traction. So you can make the most of the extra performance more of the time. The GTI's sports suspension features anti-roll bars as standard to help the car corner flatter.

Adaptive chassis control

VW will also be offering its 'Adaptive Chassis Control' system for the first time on a Golf GTI (but already offered on the ). Normal, Comfort and Sport settings allow the driver to adjust suspension, steering and accelerator response as required.

Making the GTI visually distinctive are the familiar 'telephone dial' alloy wheels, aggressive bumpers, rear spoiler, and new double exit exhaust. The interior features the now traditional tartan cloth sports seats, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, electronic stability control and seven airbags. The latest Golf also has a five-star Euro NCAP crash rating.

Get your order in for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI now and it will be ready to drive away from the VW dealership when the car officially launches on 22 May.

We're driving the new VW Golf GTI this week - come back to next week to read our first impressions. In the meantime, check out our .


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