2013-07-01 12:59

In February 2013, Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf arrived in South Africa. VW not only sets the bar for premium hatches but raises it with each generation of its Golf.  

No sooner had the new model arrived on our shores before petrol heads began asking: “When will the GTI arrive?”

The seventh-generation Golf GTI will arrive on our shores on Thursday, June 11 2013. Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON will attend the launch, so check back with us for our full report and driving impressions.

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Ahead of the official launch, we thought we’d get petrol heads salivating with key details on the upcoming hot hatch.


The new GTI stays true to the concept model shown in 2012 with its traditional red brake callipers, twin chromed tail pipes and sport suspension.

The model is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged engine delivering 162kW/350Nm. The turbocharged engine is created from the third generation of VW’s EA888 engine series.

The  GTI is equipped with a stop/start system and the engine is mated to a six-speed transmission. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.0 litres/100km with emissions of 139g/km.

Equipped with a six-speed direct shift transmission (DSG), fuel consumption increases to 6.4 litres/100km with an emissions rating of 148g/km CO2.

The 2.0 engine enables the model to rocket from 0- 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 246km/h (DSG: 244km/h).
The model will be launched in three colours (red, black and white) with 18” alloy wheels fitted to 225/45 tyres.


Inside the model benefits from leather sport seats, steering wheel (shift pedals for the DS ) and stitching. As befits its hot hatch status, the instrument cluster has unique graphic display, red ambience lighting as well as stainless steel door sill guards and pedals.

Standard kit includes progressive steering, fatigue detection system, automatic multi-collision braking and electronic differential.

Optional features are dynamic chassis control with driver profile selection. Drivers can order an optional 400 watt Dynaudio sound system.

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI 162kW Manual - R368 300
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI 162kW DSG - R382 800

Email us your thoughts on VW's next Golf GTI and we'll publish your views on Wheels24.

  • Sabs Mzuku - 2013-07-01 13:45

    ixabiso layo tata!

      Raymond Maddawg Nunes - 2013-07-02 12:52

      what does that mean, but it sounds impressive!!

      Marco Hudson - 2013-07-02 17:41

      This Gti looks boring. Same old same old. Even the alloys look dated and the dash is very old school. Very disappointing.

  • Makaveli - 2013-07-01 14:01

    Not that bad, I saw one yesterday along the north rand road in Boksburg whilst driving my ST3. I wonder how will this version stack up since it doesn't have the PP. Most reviews up to so far have only focused on the one with PP and there is not much available on this standard version.

      Sabs Mzuku - 2013-07-01 15:22

      I think it should (could)be on par with the rivals considering the substantial torque gain...

      Stig De - 2013-07-01 21:59

      Pricing not bad but they should have knocked another 10 grand off considering they were bragging to the world how cheap MQB platform is but still value for money when taking competition into equation. Interior is the best by far even surpass some upmarket cars; my only disappointment is the exterior it’s a Golf 6 with new wheels and lights.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:30

      Stig, please stand next to a golf 7 and then you will clearly see the difference. Don't just read car magazines boet

  • Emma Boesak - 2013-07-01 15:40

    Launch date in article should be 11 July 2013.

      Colleen Atheitis - 2013-07-01 17:50

      Yawn....move on, nothing new here...

  • Johan Beneke - 2013-07-01 15:54

    I am thinking of buying one, but those low profile tyres are a bit too much. They should be good for track work, but for road use makes for a very uncomfortable ride. So, I wonder if changing to wheel and tyre size that gives a more compliant ride will greatly effect the road holding, bearing in mind that it is unlikely that on the road all 100% of the grip of the low profile tyres are required.

  • Colleen Atheitis - 2013-07-01 17:49

    Nearly R400k for this piece of underpowered junk? The fatigue detection system will come in handy keeping the gullible plonker awake driving this bloated sloth around. As with all Golfs, keep a tin or 2 of oil handy, and a roadside assistance package.

      Jakkie Seven - 2013-07-01 18:44

      When the Golf 6 GTI launched it was the most complete vehicle in it's class and definitely no "bloated sloth" VW knows it is not just about slapping more kw's into the engine but rather about how that it is being used; It was 0.1 second slower from 0-100km/h and better in cornering than the MPS3 that had almost 40 more kw's. I also had no bad experience in terms of oil usage when I owned one a few years ago and would buy the GTI 7 in a heartbeat if I did not have a growing family.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:35

      Renault is crap. Try and go on a 200km trip, you will be constipated for two weeks

  • Jim King - 2013-07-01 18:02

    hey sourpuss you cant afford one ! so stick to your rubbish entry level Peugeot

  • Love Ness - 2013-07-01 18:21

    Its so amazing that the car has not yet been driven, but already drums are being beaten touting it as possible new standard - holding the torch to all hatches on the road. Talk about objectivity when testing comes..... none already prejudiced / biased by history.

      Nitro Nori - 2013-07-02 08:07

      Test drives have been done in the overseas markets and all are very positive. They have not done the detailed ones but as a first drive, journos are really rating this thing

  • Andre de Leeuw - 2013-07-01 22:15

    there is just no "wow factor " anymore! and in a yrs time the asking price will be in excess of 400k for a golf! still think the best was the mk V in dsg.. although i used at least 1 or 2 pints of oil a month with that old gal..

  • Skhumbuzo Khumalo - 2013-07-02 05:52

    At R400k the focus now seems like a no brainer. But a test drive back 2 back would clarify whats better. Id set aside 2 weekends drive em back 2 back on route i choose btwn AstraxOPC, ST, GTI and RS Megane.

      Nitro Nori - 2013-07-02 08:05

      @Skhumbuzo. Remeber the ST3 is a 3 door and only has a manual box at R363K. If you add in the cost of the DSG the price suddenly is upto R378K which then is on par with the golf. Both are brilliant cars and are very close in thier current generaations. total KW is not everything as the Focus ST is heavier, around 90kg, than the Golf so when power to weight is considered, they are very close. Its the same with the OPC, has massive power but is too heavy. Go and test drive them as you stated and then see which is the one for you, generally track day car is the Megane RS/OPC and everyday car the GTI/Focus ST.

      Wynand Steyn - 2013-07-02 11:34

      Hi Nitro Nori, "Remeber the ST3 is a 3 door"?

  • Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 07:55

    Brilliant car, and in a class above the rest in terms of quality and value. Who needs a OTT Astra or Renault that can do quick laps around a track. And if need be, just do a few mods the power jumps to 200kW easy. But, in a few months the golf R is released, thus pushing the GTI down the pecking order. I will rather wait for the R, take it to Revo and then play with AMG' s and M's. Watch the ford brigade throw their toys out of the cot for not even mentioning them, sorry boys, ST's are the biggest waste of money on any car

      sikhumbuzok - 2013-07-02 11:41

      Astra is vastly improved compared to previous generation. its no one trick pony. It comes with mechanical lsd, adaptive suspension with those magnetised shocks. The comfort ive been led to believe is greatly improved. Practicality maybe no coz its still a 3 door car, but its a hot hatch and sensibility is not part of the equation.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:38

      Pantke son, a new s3 is about 450K, meaning the R will be about 20K less. If you don't know your facts rather keep quiet. Oh by the way you lot that loves your rubbish A class AMG, next year's golf RS will eat it for breakfast

  • Wright Baloyi - 2013-07-02 08:04

    Merc A250 is a better value for money, with a 6yrs maintenance plan. VW now have good competition with the arrival of the Merc A250 as it also comes an auto box, also i saw on the VW website that they have removed their Golf "optional" maintenance plan pricing after the Merc A class was launched and they will definitely now have to offer golf with maintenance plan as std going forward... good times ahead for car buyers.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:32

      Yeah right, merc 6 year plan, remember each year your contribution to the service increases accordingly, at the end that plan is worth nothing

      Wright Baloyi - 2013-07-02 21:18

      The Merc 6yrs plan is comprehensive and no contribution is required anymore from owner, its been effective since January this year.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-03 11:49

      My mistake, I eat humble pie

  • Aldrin Joseph - 2013-07-02 09:48

    ST3 is 5 doors and has bi-xenon lights as standard. On the GTI it is a R9600 option.This pushes GTI manual to R377900. GTI is a great car but way over priced. See options pricing below from VW .co.za : Metallic / Pearlescent Paint R900 Panoramic Sunroof (Tilt & Slide)R9,000 Manually Foldable Towbar R4,000 Bi-Xenon headlights package R9,600 KESSY Keyless entry R4,600 High beam assist "Light Assist" R1,050 Park Distance Control (Front & Rear) R3,050 Parallel parking assistant "Park Assist" with PDC R6,350 "Rear Assist" rear view camera R3,000 Addaptive chassis control incl. driving profile selection R10,200 Mobile device interface Media-In with iPod/iPhone adapter cable in front storage box R850 "Discover Pro" Radio with Satellite Navigation, USB & Bluetooth R18,350 DynAudio 300W Excite sound system R8,200

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:33

      Ok, what does the st have standard in the list. And after three years go trade in your st, you will cry

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-07-02 10:10

    VW GTI is running out of ideas, this design looks "girlish". R400k in this car will definitely be for brand loyalty!

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:39

      No, it's for people who thinks a bit for themselves

      Ryan Brewster - 2013-07-03 14:34

      Brutus Mcgreggor who has so much to say about this car. If the Golf GTI is for people who think for themselves, then why is it the default choice of everyone who knows nothing about cars, but want to look cool??? I am not saying everyone who buys them are in that category, but most people who want to impress other, get a GTI.

  • Mpsa Lerete - 2013-07-02 10:49

    Anything with a VW,Audi,BMW or Toyota badge on it will always sell like hot cakes in South Africa no matter the price or looks.

  • Matthew Joughin - 2013-07-02 18:49

    "Sneak peak" - they're already been sold and on the roads in SA ! Perhaps you should check before you post a headline like that !!!

  • Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 19:34

    Ha ha, it's funny, try and get a new GTI, the waiting list is at least 6 months. The rest you can pick and choose on the sales floor.

  • Dorian Kuhn - 2013-07-02 20:26

    The Gti looks cool, but are we going to get a 3door model. Its about time we get 1.

  • Luís Miguel Toscano Figueira - 2013-07-03 01:03

    sick of VW´S

  • Dalubuhle Dee Zantsi - 2013-07-03 17:38

    haaai 2 expensive for a hatch.... you can buy a benz wif dat amount

  • Seriousman Veryserious - 2013-07-05 00:04

    SNEAK PEAK? I think I know what it looks before I even view your gallary.

  • Makaveli - 2013-07-05 18:17

    Breaking News: Golf GTI 7 loses to the Focus ST http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/golf/64693/vw-golf-gti-vs-rivals

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