Reader: ‘No rush to buy next GTI’

2013-07-01 14:25

The seventh-generation Volkswagen 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 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.

Wheels24 reader MARCEL WELMAN says he is in no rush to sell his MK VI GTI:

“So disappointing, yet again it’s the slowest hot hatch around. The GTI will not compete with the current hot hatches in its segment...

VW can only talk about the 'total package' for so long. People like me that purchase this type of car, want performance with a good overall package.

First and foremost, lest we forget, it’s supposed to be a hot hatch. The GTI’s styling is also becoming too homogenous (e.g VW Polo) and not aspirational enough for me.

I'm not going rush to sell my MK VI GTI based on what I’ve seen, especially since I have a Revo chip installed.”

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

  • Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2013-07-01 14:59

    I dont get your argument, you complain about VW Golf GTi being slower and milking the fact that they have the overall complete package and yet you bought a GTi in the first place? So what are you stating?

      Colleen Atheitis - 2013-07-01 17:54

      That the Golf 7 is a boring centre-of-the-bell-curve load of junk? Nearly R400k for this underpowered heap of scrap, that will be left in the dust by its competitors... See you in my rearview mirror, Golf suckers!

      Johan Hattingh - 2013-07-01 20:43

      Scrap?Junk? How old are you?

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 08:06

      Colleen, what do you drive sweetie? Let me guess, a ST, talk about brakpan mentality

  • Emmanuel Trizzy Towers Mdaka - 2013-07-01 15:06

    saw this yesterday next to Eagle Canyon...isnt out already?

  • Albert Scherman - 2013-07-01 15:22

    Revo chip my brah. AFAIK, it's not a Revo chip, it's software. Do you get paid for your job here?

      Albert Scherman - 2013-07-01 15:24

      Nevermind, saw now it was a reader. Just shows the amount of editing and research that goes into these articles.

      Johan Hattingh - 2013-07-01 20:47

      So why quote only one reader ie Marcel? Subjective or just poor reporting? Get a life mr wheels24

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 08:05

      Marcel reads to many magazines with piss poor articles.

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2013-07-01 15:38

    People that buy a car based purely on the power output & topspeed figures, just prove it's pointless to try to have an intelligent discussion with them...LMAO...

      Colleen Atheitis - 2013-07-01 17:55

      Especially since the Golf 7 is so underpowered...

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 08:03

      Colleen, please tell me why a Mazda mps 3 with 190kw is about 1s slower to 100km/hr than a 155kw golf 6 GTI, the same with a 206kw Astra opc. Also tell me why they arm these powerful cars with trick diffs etc just to keep it on the road, what is the point then?

  • Stig De - 2013-07-01 22:19

    revo chip my assssss

  • Nitro Nori - 2013-07-02 07:54

    Dont get why people are dissing the car. It is lighter than the previous model, has a bit more power and torque and has the best box in town, and yes it is quicker than any manual box. It costs R383K for the DSG but thats not far off the cost of the Focus ST (R363K - Manaul), Astra OPC (R435K - Manual) and then the Megane RS Sport (R359K - Manual). It quoted performance figures are on par with the list stated and gnerally the GTI is the most day to day livable hot hatch, maybe closely challenged by the Focus ST. As for the readers comment, be happy with your software, but just as porsche has proven time and time again the GTI will still be the best all round hot hatch on the market, maybe not the fastest.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 08:00

      Agree, these fools don't know anything about performance. They should have a look at the power/weight ratio of the mark 7, and coupled with a brilliant launch control system it will eat the so called hot hatch kings. Then some Revo software loaded it will be top dog until the R and RS is released.

      Paul Gertzen - 2013-07-02 21:25

      The issue is not really the car, we all have to agree that the GTI is a good car. The problem is that for 383k you are getting nothing but the car, you'll have to spend another 50k to bring the spec up to the levels of the other cars you mentioned and that makes this car a rip off

      Nitro Nori - 2013-07-03 13:17

      @Paul. Dont think the GTI is that badly specced standard and priced out of the range it competes. The only real extra's most buyers slap on will be the Sunroof(9K), Bi-Xenon(9.6K), PDC (3.1K) and maybe metallic paint (0.9K). So in total you are looking at around 22.5K in extras. Slap that onto the manual version 390K or DSG at 404K. None of the competitiors offers a DSG option so the manual is the benchmark and is still in the ballpark. Also if one day you do choose to get rid of your hot hatch the GTI still retains most value in terms of ROI vs. any other one with similar mileage.

  • Quintin Smit - 2013-07-02 09:10

    These kinds of comments can only be made by the kind of 'boys' who like to stand at the urinal and measure their equipment. There's much more to a car than how fast it goes in a straight line. Far more important is how it feels to drive. I've had 2 GTI's one manual and one DSG. the DSG i had for a total of 2 months before i couldn't stand the infernal thing any more. Sure it's faster, but it makes the car feel numb - and in auto mode it just irritated seven shades of smoke out of me. and by the way for the Launch control junkies, when you sit at a traffic light revving in your chops waiting for the light to change, you're only advertising the fact that you can't launch a car and you need the computer to do it for you. Not to mention the fact that a car sitting at the lights with it's revs in the upper reaches makes you look like a tool. Drag racing is for the guy at the urinal... go get yourself a rear wheel drive car and start having some real fun... and who cares how fast you're going...fun is not a straight line and no matter how good the GTI is, it'll never match a rear drive car for fun in the bends...

      Johan Hattingh - 2013-07-02 12:03

      Jees Q, you still in the dragg racing stage of your life? Maybe YOU are still a urinal blocke?

      Quintin Smit - 2013-07-02 13:25

      ermmm.. johan, what part of my comment made you think i'm into drag racing? the whole point was that i hate drag racing... which is why i don't pay that much attention to these kinds of performance figures. that's the difference between someone who buys a car because they enjoy driving it... and people who buy cars to try and prove a point. Like i said, fun isn't a straight line... and i don't need to prove anything to anyone by showing my car is faster than theirs... as long as i can hold a controlled slide with a massive smile on my face i'm happy... and the only way you're going to do that is rear wheel drive.

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-07-02 13:15

    The GTI seems to have the shortest lifespan of any model. I'd rather buy a 2012 BMW 328i. Much better 2.0l turbo putting out 180kw.

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