2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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  • Overview

    A red 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE is angled left.

    Want a car that turns heads and raises goosebumps every time you step on the gas? Check out the redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Horsepower ratings in the mid-200 range just hit different when you’re navigating in a hot hatch like the Golf GTI. Long considered one of the most exciting compact performance cars, this current model combines old-school street racing with the latest performance technology.

    Volkswagen equips the Golf GTI with a new sport suspension and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for the 2022 model year, evoking the best of its 40-year history with a handful of throwback styling cues that will thrill longtime fans. The Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and likely the best ever. Volkswagen reports that it now sits lower for true driver-centric ride handling.

    Sporty touches in the Golf GTI interior include throwback features like a golf ball manual transmission shifter and newer, more modern conveniences. These include ergonomically-located controls and a sizable infotainment touchscreen. Ambient interior lighting with 30 color choices is available for drivers who want to customize the cabin vibe. Other fun features, like a panoramic sunroof, are also available.

    If you’re purchasing your Golf GTI as a daily driver, you’ll be glad to know that it contains the latest driver-assist safety technology, along with six airbags and electronic stability control. With a surprisingly affordable starting price of just $29,880, the completely redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the perfect hot hatch for performance enthusiasts. [a]


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    Starting at

    $29,880 [a]

  • Performance and Handling

    A grey 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn is shown driving past a brick building.

    Power and Design

    The 2022 Golf GTI is powered by an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,750 RPM for optimal acceleration. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic “Tiptronic” seven-speed transmission. The engine features auto start/stop for increased fuel efficiency with EPA-estimated ratings of up to 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. [b]

    The direct fuel injection system means fuel is delivered at high pressure, which contributes to its impressive performance capabilities. Car and Driver bestowed a 10/10 rating on the Golf GTI, citing its “expertly tuned chassis” and “not-too-firm, not-too-soft ride quality.” It comes standard with 18-inch wheels, but buyers can upgrade to larger 19-inchers.[c]

    The high-strength steel chassis of the Golf GTI doesn’t add any weight yet offers additional rigidity in ride handling and allows other components to be built with lighter parts. For instance, the front suspension of the eighth-generation version is nearly seven pounds lighter than its predecessor, thanks in large part to the innovative aluminum subframe design by Volkswagen. When in motion, it’s easy to feel the harmony of a lighter-weight vehicle with a solid skeleton.

    Performance Tools

    All Golf GTI models come standard with electronic stability control and an electronic differential lock for optimal traction. Buyers can add the optional DCC adaptive damping system, which can change wheel damping dynamics as much as 200 times every second. This instantaneous adjustment capability allows for customized handling and even more agility when you need it. A limited-slip differential is also included and features electronically-controlled torque sensing.

    Inside the cabin, buyers can use the drive mode selector to toggle through a series of pre-engineered drive modes, including Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Custom. Comfort and Normal modes offer the most neutral ride and are perfect for daily commuting and driving around town, while Sport optimizes handling and torque. Select Eco mode to get the best possible fuel efficiency.

  • Trims and Features

    A close up shows the digital gauges in a 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

    Standard Features

    Volkswagen calls the cabin of the 2022 Golf GTI “enthusiast-oriented” and lets buyers know that practicality is still the focus. Ergonomic design and a generous cargo area contribute to its utility, along with an innovative trunk floor that raises and lowers to accommodate oversized gear. With the rear seats folded flat, the Golf GTI has an impressive 34.5 cu.ft. of storage space.

    The Golf GTI comes in three trims: the S, the SE, and the Autobahn. All three trims are priced at under $40,000, with the base S coming in at an affordable $29,880. [a] The S trim includes a digital driver display, a limited-slip differential, and a suite of driver-assist technologies designed for added safety and convenience. A heated steering wheel is also included, as are LED headlights. The cabin features plaid cloth seating.

    Available Features

    The mid-range SE trim adds even more upgraded standard features, including a power panoramic sunroof, a push-button start with keyless access, a large 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Volkswagen also includes SiriusXM satellite radio. The SE sports LED fog lights that illuminate the road ahead as you enter corners at low speeds.

    Upgrading to the top-end Autobahn equips your Golf GTI with every available performance and luxury feature, including active damping via the DCC adaptive chassis control system and a set of 19-inch wheels paired with summer performance tires. Inside, the cabin features leather seating, a head-up display, heated rear seats, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, and a 12-way power driver’s seat with a handy memory feature.

    Overall, the redesigned cabin of the Golf GTI is modern and minimalist. It’s designed for function and comfort first and foremost. The steering wheel includes multiple touch controls for easy interaction with the infotainment system, and bolstering in the front seats allows the driver and front passenger to settle in comfortably, feeling cushioned and secure even when navigating tight turns.

  • Technology and Safety

    A close up shows Android Auto and the infotainment screen in a 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

    Safety Features

    When you select a Golf GTI, you’re gaining access to one of the most technologically advanced hot hatches on the market. The comprehensive Volkswagen IQ.DRIVE suite includes systems that alert you to potential hazards and even perform corrective steering and braking to help avoid collisions. Using radar, cameras, and sensors, IQ.DRIVE constantly monitors the area surrounding your vehicle, sending audible alerts when a potential danger is present.

    • Front Assist Systems include Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring.
    • These systems work to help you avoid or minimize the severity of a collision.
    • Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Keeping System work together to keep you safe by alerting you if a car is approaching your blind spot when you turn on your signal to change lanes and warning you when your vehicle drifts out of its lane and the turn signal isn’t engaged.
    • Rear Traffic Alert monitors vehicles behind you and alerts you to oncoming traffic as you try to back up, such as out of a driveway or a parking space.
    • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, a system that allows you to “set it and forget it” when traveling at highway speeds. It will automatically slow down, speed up, or stop in response to current traffic conditions.
    • Emergency Assist can bring the car to a complete stop in the event of a medical emergency or if it senses a reduction in driver attentiveness. It can even contact emergency services on your behalf.

    Convenience Features

    The Golf GTI is also compatible with Car-Net, the Volkswagen app-based connectivity services. Car-Net includes subscription-based services for remote access, so you can lock and unlock doors, locate your vehicle, and even sound the horn right from your smartphone. Safe & Secure helps with anti-theft features, emergency assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. Finally, a mobile hotspot can accommodate up to four devices via 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology.

    All Golf GTI trims include automatic climate control, rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Upgrading to the SE adds a powerful premium Harman/Kardon audio system. Autobahn buyers will enjoy a head-up display that projects key driving data at eye level on the windshield.

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