2022 Volkswagen GTI S Long-Term Road-Test Intro


To point out restraint is a hell of a factor, particularly for us. Whether or not it is a main horsepower quantity, over-and-above ranges of grip, or the pampering of innumerable creature comforts, there’s all the time a starvation for extra. Not this time. After we spec’d our long-term (and 10Best-winning) 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we flipped the script.

For the subsequent 40,000 miles, we’ll see what life is like with the bottom-rung $30,540 GTI S model. We’re fairly good at studying lips, as a result of we all know you simply mouthed “Wait, $30K for a base GTI?!” Sure, that is proper. These are the occasions we dwell in, when somebody pays $3.6 million for a one-off Porsche 911 based mostly on the Automobiles film character Sally Carrera.

Going with the entry-level S trim means there shall be no panoramic sunroof, ventilated entrance seats, or seat heaters for rear occupants. That is a choice we really feel at peace with. It additionally means the 15-position electronically managed dampers will not discover their option to every nook. And that is okay, that is about 12 positions too many anyway. What issues most is the 241-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four below the hood and the six-speed guide gearbox, the latter much more so as a result of the basic scorching hatch ought to give attention to the fundamentals.

The most important omission is the shortage of summer time tires, which can’t be added as a stand-alone possibility. The stickier rubber is reserved for the top-dog Autobahn trim, which carries a $39,425 price ticket. On the check monitor, nonetheless, observations extracted from slicing up a twisty two-lane have been confirmed: This eighth-generation GTI makes a ton of mechanical grip. Across the skidpad, the Pirelli P Zero All Season rubber hangs on with 0.93 g of lateral stick and is not terribly far off the 0.98 g we averaged with a GTI Autobahn on summer time tires in our final comparability check. Within the braking division, stops from 70 mph require 169 ft, and people from 100 mph, 342 ft—19 and 38 ft longer, respectively, than with the grippier rubber. We foresee in our GTI’s future a brand new set of wheels wrapped in summer time rubber to assist maintain this VW on a tighter leash.

The all-season rubber proved to be extra problematic when attempting to get probably the most out of a standing begin. There’s loads of wheelspin to handle, offered the GTI’s stability system would not try to micromanage it first. Regardless of the system indicating it has been turned off and faraway from the equation, it nonetheless lingers within the background, overeager to extinguish a tire fireplace each off the road and through an aggressive one-two upshift. With a touch of clutch slip, our GTI reached 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and elapsed the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds a 101 mph. That is simply 0.3 second off a dual-clutch-automatic-equipped GTI SE rolling on the identical rubber. We’ll gladly quit a couple of tenths to row our personal gears.

Choosing the bottom Golf GTI means life with the smaller 8.3-inch touchscreen, which is freed from built-in navigation. And that is no massive deal, as many people want the steering apps offered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Followers of SiriusXM shall be disillusioned to study of its absence, however once more, smartphones for the win. Wired connections to those multimedia interfaces have gotten a factor of the previous, however the GTI S nonetheless requires a twine. All of those points could possibly be solved by transferring up a trim degree into the SE, with its 10.0-inch show, however the smaller display screen’s quantity and tuning knobs have already received us over versus the fussy haptic controls of the bigger display screen.

Maybe the GTI’s supportive seats with Clark plaid inlays and its incredible driving demeanor will enable us to forgive the shortcomings of its inside supplies. However these cheap-looking plastic trim items stare again at us each single day. We have got one other 35,000 miles to resolve whether or not we will dwell with that scowl.

Months in Fleet: 2 months Present Mileage: 4515 miles
Common Gas Financial system: 27 mpg
Gas-Tank Dimension: 13.2 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 350 miles
Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Injury and Destruction: $0



2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Automobile Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback


Base/As Examined: $30,540/30,935

Choices: Moonstone Grey paint, $395


turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 121 in3, 1984 cm3

Energy: 241 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm


6-speed guide


Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 13.4-in vented disc/12.2-in vented disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season

225/40R-18 92H M+S Further Load AO


Wheelbase: 103.6 in

Size: 168.8 in

Width: 70.4 in

Top: 57.6 in

Passenger Quantity: 92 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 20 ft3

Curb Weight: 3112 lb


60 mph: 5.8 sec

100 mph: 13.9 sec

1/4-Mile: 14.3 sec @ 101 mph

120 mph: 20.2 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 10.0 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 7.1 sec

High Velocity (gov ltd): 127 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 342 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.93 g


Noticed: 27 mpg

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt


Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 28/24/34 mpg


4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper

4 years/50,000 miles powertrain

7 years/100,000 miles corrosion safety

3 years/36,000 miles roadside help

2 years/20,000 miles scheduled upkeep


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