• Volkswagen has given its Golf a few changes for 2017. We had the updated GTI '7.5' on test. 
  • The GTI is available as standard with full LED headlights, while these exquisite 19" 'Santiago' wheels are an extra R8100. 
  • LED lights are fitted to the rear as well. 
  • The manual gearbox is dead! At least in South Africa, as the GTI is only available with the brilliant six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 
  • The updated model maintains its predecessor's outstanding build quality. Power has been increased to 169kW, torque remains the same at 380Nm. 
  • The optional Adaptive Chassis Control (R12 700) allows the driver to choose four different modes (Normal, Comfort, Individual, Sport). 
  • The LED driving light design is a quick way to notice the new model.
  • The Du Toits Kloof tunnel provided a great backdrop for our early morning photoshoot. 
  • The GTI's frugal consumption was a major boon over the test period, we averaged around 9 litres/100km with a combination of driving styles. 
  • The GTI has maintained its place as the best all-round hatch according to the Wheels24 team. Base price is R545 800.