Volkswagen’s eighth-generation Golf GTI hatch introduces interior and handling upgrades and starts at $33,245, while the 2022 Golf R starts at $46,745 and offers new performance-oriented content and premium features. Prices include shipping.
Both are slightly longer and sportier with a more sharply raked hood, new signature LED headlights and an available light bar in the grille either side of the updated VW logo.
The latest iteration of VW’s EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine is found in both 2022 Golf models, making them the most powerful versions of the brand’s performance vehicles to date.
In either model, the engine can be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The GTI produces 241 horsepower—up 13 from the outgoing model—and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Golf R now makes 315 horsepower—27 more than the previous generation—and 295 lb.-ft. of torque with the DSG transmission, or 280 lb.-ft. with the manual.