Diehard VW GTI loyalists will be quite pleased with the refresh of the 2018 model. The Volkswagen that stole our hearts with its punchy thunder has gained 10 more horsepower with its turbocharged TSI® 2.0 liter inline 4 engine, cranking out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 VW GTI has a six-speed manual transmission, and makes available an optional six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. If that’s your thing. The coveted hatch also a torque-sensing limited-slip VAQ differential standard, and the difference can be clearly felt in corners.
Welcome to the digital age
With the 2018 VW GTI reboot, gone are the auxiliary inputs and plastic buttons and nobs of kinder, gentler times. These have been replaced by a larger central touchscreen, and there’s also a new multimedia system, LED headlights, ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, a rearview camera, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
For those wondering about the roominess of the 2018 Volkswagen GTI, there’s 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40 split-folding seats, which fold down to serve up an impressive 52.7 total cubic feet available. So it’s as practical as it is fun to drive.
Trim levels in 2018 include the GTI S, SE, and Autobahn. The 2017 Sport trim and two-door models will cease to exist. The top-of-the-line Autobahn trim level gets a Fender premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, a 12-way power driver’s seat, navigation, and Dynamic Chassis Control.
At this time, the 2018 VW GTI doesn’t have an official release date. You can of course always inquire within at your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealership and possibly reserve your 2018 GTI.