Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

James Disdale
27 September 2021

Depending on your point of view, the GTI is either half-decent value or, as it has been in the past, a little overpriced. On the credit side, this latest car gets all the old car’s Performance upgrade parts thrown in, yet barely costs any more. It also demands a premium of less than £1000 over the Focus ST, a car that can’t compete with the Golf’s kerbside cachet or enticingly premium interior and cutting-edge tech. On the other hand, the Blue Oval machine has more power (276bhp), as does the Hyundai i30 N, which undercuts both.

Still, your extra outlay certainly buys you a lot of toys to play with. On top of the fully-stacked infotainment (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav and so on), you get a heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control and keyless entry plus, of course, a raft of advanced driver aids that include semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

Crucially, the GTI retains that desirable hot hatch trait of being frugal as well as fast. Use all the performance and it’ll drink quite a bit of unleaded, but our touring fuel economy figure of 42.8mpg reveals an underlying efficiency in everyday use. Its WLTP-endorsed CO2 figure of 168g/km is considerably lower than rivals, giving extra credence to its more measured approach to petrol consumption, but unfortunately it still falls into the same 37% BIK band, meaning business users face bigger tax bills.