With this eighth-generation car, VW has brought the styling of each of its Golf hot hatch models into line for the first time, with each sharing the same sporty upgrades over current car. These include bespoke bumpers and sill extensions, a roof spoiler, a rear diffuser and an illuminated radiator grille bar. Most striking of all, each also has bold X-shaped LED front foglights.
Power for the GTI comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that has 245 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque, while the GTD has a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 200 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.
The GTE combines a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a system output that matches the GTI for horsepower and the GTD for torque. VW says that, fully charged, the GTE is now capable of up to 60km (about 37 miles) using electric power alone.
Order books for the three new models will open soon, with first deliveries in autumn 2020. There’s no word on pricing yet but we’d expect that each model will cost in the region of £30,000.