What is it?
The Volkswagen Golf GTI may not be the most powerful hot hatch on sale, but it manages to offer compelling performance at a price that makes it attainable for most.
Add entertaining front-drive handling, low running costs and class-leading quality and the sixth-generation GTI is hard to pass up. And even more so now with the arrival of this Edition 35, celebrating the 35th birthday of the original Golf GTI.
What's it like?
The only elements distinguishing the Edition 35 from the standard Golf GTI are a lightly altered front bumper, chrome ‘35’ badges, black exterior mirror housings, lightly reprofiled side sills and a new wheel design.
But it’s what has taken place under the bonnet that sets this car apart. The Edition 35 forgoes the latest EA888 engine used in the standard Golf GTI for the older and more robust EA113 unit, which, in a higher state of tune, also powers the four-wheel-drive Golf R and the Scirocco R.
Turbocharger boost pressure has been reduced from 1.2 bar to 0.9 bar over the Golf R, but it is still enough to give the Edition 35 a full 25bhp more than the standard Golf GTI, at 232bhp. Torque also rises by 15lb ft to 221lb ft, although it appears 500rpm higher up the rev range, at 2200rpm.