The Golf GTI features a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) direct-injection technology, which produces 197 bhp. It is available in both 3-door and 5-door hatchback body shapes, and comes with a choice of either 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) which greatly reduces shift time to only 8ms.
The concept GTI was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. The first production model was initially unveiled at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris in September 2004, and went on sale around the world shortly thereafter. At the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006, the GTI made its long-awaited North American debut in 3-door guise (a 5-door variant was eventually made available), where it is marketed solely under the ‘GTI’ moniker, with no reference to the Rabbit.
The new GTI has a considerable price increase over the previous model, mainly due to the features mentioned above, and the fact that the exterior itself had not seen such a dramatic design change in years. The price is further raised because it is built in Germany, unlike the Mk4 some of which were built in Brazil. The innovative DSG transmission and the TFSI engine all helped raise the retail price of the car.
The Mk5 GTI was named 2007 Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine, in December 2006
Xenons, CD player, Luxury Pack – Electric folding mirrors w/Puddle lights, Auto tilt mirrors (Reverse), Convenience Pack – Auto wipers, Auto lights, Dimming rear view mirror, Footwell lights, Rear reading lights
A return to form for VW with the Mk5 GTi. The 5 door variant with 17 inch wheels certainly serves up the ‘Q’ car image with typically restrained VW styling that peaks with a honeycomb grille and a retro red band. Presentation is really very good, with only a minor blemish above the front splitter to distract from an exceptionally clean and consistent package.
A subtle rear wing and chrome tail pipes complete the mild style exercise, while the unusual Xenons were an expensive option from new.
VW’s GTI success story returned with the Mk5, in no small part down to the retro masterstroke of Tartan Fabric seats! Incredibly comfortable and supportive, the bolsters support all the right places whilst also showing incredibly well for their age.
Brushed aluminium works alongside clean and classy ergonomics with all of the switch gear, in typical Golf fashion, easy to identify and use.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
As one of the pioneers, in a market that is now flooded by turbo hatches, VW managed to retain the soulful characteristics of old school thrill with smooth, linear power delivery. The engine is a cracking unit and suits the chassis perfectly.
The car certainly never wants for pace on test, seemlessly pulling through the DSG gearbox; arguably at it’s very best in manual mode either operated by paddle shifters or the gear knob.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This Mk5 still sits on its original 17″ Monza alloy wheels that are all in excellent condition with no kerb marks to report.
Brakes match the performance well, with plenty of life showing on both disk and pad.
This ’55 plate GTi has enjoyed careful use over the years, as is plainly evident from the presentation both inside and out.
Fresh from a service to plugs, oils and filters the car is on the button and ready to go.
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