New 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTE news, prices and specs

The eighth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced from £33,460; VW is also launching a plug-in hybrid Golf GTI alongside it

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Ordering has opened for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and plug-in hybrid GTE range, with prices starting from £33,460.

The eighth generation Golf GTI launches with 245hp from its 2.0-litre turbo engine.

The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual: a seven-speed DSG costs £34,960.

In DSG guise, the new Golf GTI accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds (the manual is a little slower), and both have a 155mph top speed.

The Golf GTI DSG is also slightly more fuel-efficient, averaging between 37.2-38.2mpg; the manual returns 36.7-38.2mpg. Both have a sub-170g/km CO2 figure in base guise.

What’s special about the Golf GTI? At the front, an illuminated grille strip, plus honeycomb LED fog lights and a set of 18-inch alloys.

The Golf GTI gets custom front and rear bumpers, twin chrome tail pipes, roof spoiler and smoked rear lights.

It has a sport steering wheel, aluminium gearshifter and sports seats with the traditional Golf GTI Jacara check cloth.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTE

2021 Golf GTE

For those who want a more eco-friendly hot hatch, Volkswagen has also opened ordering for the new 2021 Golf GTE PHEV.

It produces the same 245hp output as the GTE – from a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprising a 150hp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor.

The 13kWh battery gives enough charge for 32 miles’ electric driving.

The GTE accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and, more significantly, returns 176.6mpg on the official WLTP combined cycle.

CO2 emissions are just 36g/km.

The GTE, which comes as standard with a six-speed DSG transmission, costs from £35,960.

Instead of the GTI’s red styling theme, the GTE has blue accents for the exterior and interior Jacara check cloth.

The wheels shrink to a more eco-friendly 17-inches and the tailpipes are hidden from view.

Volkswagen also gives two charging cables to Golf GTE buyers: a regular mains charging cable and a 16 am AC cable for wallboxes: the latter will charge at 3.6kW from flat to full in three hours 40 minutes.

A Volkswagen spokesperson told Motoring Research deliveries of the Golf GTI DSG begin in October, and November for the manual.

Golf GTE deliveries begin in early October.


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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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