Volkswagen GTI

Change Car
This Car Model has expired

From the experts

Things We Like in GTI
  • Classy and modest styling
  • Interior fit and finish is up to the mark
  • Competitive performance
Things We Dont Like in GTI
  • Long journeys can be tiring
  • No navigation or parking sensors offered as standard in the vehicle
  • Inner cabin space is quite cramped

Volkswagen GTI Colors

GTI is available in 4 different colors - Black, Flash Red, Pure White and Reflex Silver.

  • Black

  • Flash Red

  • Pure White

  • Reflex Silver

Volkswagen GTI Pictures

Review of GTI

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety


Volkswagen GTI is the most powerful and the fastest vehicle offered by the manufacturer in India. GTI stands for Grand Touring Injection and has served as the Volkswagen performance moniker for nearly 40 years now. In simple terminology, GTI is to Volkswagen what Abart to Fiat and AMG is to Mercedes. The Golf GTI which was the first model from the brand soon became the most credited vehicle in the ‘hot hatch’ segment. The powerful Volkswagen GTI fifth generation model hit the Indian shores in November 2016. Recently, its sixth-generation model with new MQB platform was introduced in Spain while its India launch is not announced yet. The Volkswagen cars which feature GTI badge has the legend of their own, these cars have the familiar looks but under the hood, they hide the powerful and extraordinary vehicle ready to be unleashed.
On the outside, Volkswagen GTI gets the familiar face as Polo and at the first cursory glance, anyone can be mistaken. But soon after thorough scanning one can realize that the car misses two doors that distinguish it from the regular Polo hatch. GTI gets other unique features like twin exhaust pipes, front fenders and boot and subtly different bumpers. The front façade gets the glossy honeycomb effect radiator grille along with the red strip at the bottom and the GTI badge affirming the car's identity. The air dam also gets honeycomb effect as well. Headlamps are full LED with integrated DRLs. Side part gets neat looks due to three-door layout and wide glass area. Rear profile features blackened out spoiler while the tail lamps look regular like Polo’s but the shape makes it unique.
Sneaking inside, the layout strongly resembles the Polo, there are many new features as well that distinguish it from regular Polo hatch like larger touchscreen unit, gloss black central facia and rotary knobs for the AC. The steering wheel is flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped and looks great with red stitching. The instrument cluster features new analog dials, digital multi-functional display screen shows odometer, engine oil temperature, ambient temperature, and speed. Seats are covered with Tartan fabric with retro themed chequered pattern that looks classy. Other features included are paddle shift, rear parking sensor, height adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, cruise control, push start/stop button and climate control.
Looking at the specifications, Volkswagen GTI is powered by the mammoth 1.8L TSI four-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The mill is capable of producing the power output of 192PS and yields the maximum torque of 250Nm. The petrol-only powertrain comes with 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that sends power to front wheels. The vehicle delivers the claimed mileage figures of 16.34kmpl and can go from 0-100kmph in just 7.2 seconds. The hot hatch offers topmost speed of 235kmph.
Hot hatches demand extra safety. For that, the GTI comes loaded with numerous safety aspects such as 6 airbags, wheel locks with extended anti-theft protection, ISOFIX anchorage points, electronic differential lock XDS, power windows with anti-pinch mechanism, park distance control, ABS with EBD, Hill Assist, Traction control, Brake assist, central locking and rear wiper.
The Volkswagen GTI is available in only 1 variant 1.8 TSI which is tagged at Rs. 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) in the Indian car market. The GTI hatch is pitted against Fiat Abarth Punto and Mini Cooper S in the hot hatch segment.


Stepping inside the cabin, the first noticeable thing is that the seat fabrics have a retro checkered pattern which is a trademark GTI theme. The cabin typically feels German built with the same modest elegance that is given to the exteriors. The red stitching across the interiors, especially on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, indicates the sporty intentions. The steering also features paddle shifters. The carmaker has skipped the electric seat adjustment just to keep the weight down which is an acceptable approach.
Other distinguishing bits can be seen in the form of glossy-black central fascia, rotary knows for the AC, revamped instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment. The system also supports SMS viewer, phonebook synchronization, USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In. The instrument cluster features new analogue dials for the engine temperature and the fuel level. There is also a digital multi-functional display that gives information of odometer, engine oil temperature, ambient temperature, trip meter, speed and driving range.
The seats have sufficient bolstering to keep you snug especially while cornering. The entry to the rear is quite easy with a convenient mechanism that folds up the front seat backrest. The seating space at the rear is not congested and is perfect for two full sized adults. For such a high priced car, missing features such as engine start/stop button and a rear view camera is certainly disappointing.


The GTI logo on the grille and all across the body is more than just to inform you that it’s not an ordinary Polo, but a ferocious machine made to put rubber marks on the road. It might look like Polo but there is a lot to differentiate from its plebeian sibling. The grille at the front is uniquely designed with honeycomb texture while the air intake has been similarly styled to give the needed character to the vehicle. The headlamps gets full LED treatment with integrated daytime running lights.
The red stripe on the grille, inserts on the headlights as well as the black splitter below the front bumper, all speaks that it’s a special car. Turn around a bit and the difference is further evident with only a single door. The 16-inch machined designed alloy wheels makes you enter and depart with a style.
The read profile is different too with a blacked-out spoiler that stretches from the edge of the roof and a faux diffuser at the bottom of the bumper. The rear end finishes off with nicely designed twin-exhausts and while the tail lights appear to be regular Polo, it’s the shape of the elements which makes it unique.

Mileage Running Cost

Despite of the powerful engine, the car delivers decent mileage when prodded with a gentle right foot. Volkswagen GTI returns 16.34kmpl which is good enough for a car of this stature.

Comfort Suspension

Punching enormous power is one thing and putting it on the roads is altogether a different game which the car plays pretty well. The handling is supplemented by the suspension set-up which has been tweaked to suit the Indian road conditions. This is one of the biggest differentiating factors when we compare this car to regular Polo. The overall setup is stiffer, of course, it should be as to assist in pliant handling.

The driving is so comfortable that you get occupied and won’t bother turning on the music system for several kilometres. The ability to be in the straight line is really awesome despite of shorter wheelbase. And while many enthusiasts may hate the absence of a proper stretched ride, the car’s ability to handle bumps and crests will certainly prove a plus point over the time. The ride quality is quite permeable irrespective of the car been at low or high speeds, however, some may feel a little disturbed driving over bad roads at faster speeds.

Engine Performance

The star of this car lies under the hood. The pocket rocket sources its power from the 1.8L TSI 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine which is a real gem of an engine. The powertrain pushes out 192PS and 250Nm of max torque. And this enormous power makes it stand apart from its mundane sibling. The engine is mated to 7-speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox which is known for smooth upshifts with minimum torque loss. The gearbox is a perfect mate for the engine and eager to assist the engine in pouncing forward.

The sheer combination makes the 0-100kmph dash in just about 7.2 seconds of time clocking the top speed of 235kmph, if given enough road. The power delivery of the car is solid but linear at the same time. The most striking aspect of this engine is the quick response and throttle. Just gently shove the accelerator and the GTI is ready to lunge forward without hesitation. The dynamic driving experience is further amplified with the crispy auditory note produced by twin exhaust at the back.

Braking Safety

The upgraded all-round disc brakes are sensitive. And it’s needless to say that braking capacity is outstanding. The driver gets nice feedback from the pedal and the progressive braking allows the driver to be very precise when putting the car to halt. The plenty of bite force will let you adapt in no time.
Further, the GTI is packed with a matching list of safety features. With 6 airbags, Anti-lock braking system, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock and Engine Drag Torque Control, the driver can feel secure while playing around with this car. Other features include front and rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder with audio beep, ISOFIX anchorage points and park distance control with acoustic warning signal for any obstacles at the front and rear.

Nearest Volkswagen Dealers

Volkswagen Dealers In Popular Cities

Volkswagen Featured Cars

  • Popular
  • Upcoming
Get the best exchange deals on your car
Please tell us about your car below and we'll connect you with our partner dealers.
Just 1 step away from best deals. Please enter your contact details
+91 -
Almost Done

Please enter the 4 digit code sent to your mobile.

Didn't receive OTP? Resend code
Thank you