With its eighth-generation model, the Golf GTI, the first front-wheel-drive hot hatch, commemorates more than four decades of automotive anarchy. The well-loved Volkswagen Golf GTI continues to entice motorists with its latest innovations and fascinating features.

This sporty hatchback has a longer history than any other. This ultimate do-it-all family vehicle should be everything to everyone. The much-anticipated Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a technological wonder with all the amenities and everything die-hard GTI enthusiasts could desire. With more power, a redesigned sport suspension, and more dramatic settings, the all-new Mk8 Golf GTI offers the most dynamic driving experience from a hatchback yet.

Car & Driver has awarded the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI the label of "10 Best" again. This is the company's 16th win in a row and 19th on this annual ranking list. We're not shocked; the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI continues to wow with its tremendous powertrain specs, elevated interior design, and inexpensive asking price. For decades, Volkswagen has been perfecting the hot hatch. Now that the 2022 Volkswagen GTI is out, we've compiled a list of our top ten favorite features on the hot hatch.

10 New LED Fog Lighting Setup Looks Cool

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The outward style is instantly recognizable, but the resculpted LED headlamps give it a more dramatic look. Above an aggressive new front with bigger air inlets, a trademark red grille strip illuminates with LEDs.

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It comes with new slim LED headlights. There are also a lot of GTI emblems around, which are cool, just like the original Mk1 from the 1970s. They build new fog lamps into a black honeycomb mesh. There are LED lights and twin exhaust pipes in the back, which are luckily real.

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9 The VW Digital Cockpit Pro & Ambient Lighting Keeps It Modern And Fresh

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The Golf GTI comes standard with the Digital Cockpit, which is commonly an option in other Vee-Dubs. The GTI comes standard with a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro driver's display. These Digital Sport Layout Dials provide real-time performance data like g-force and torque output on the digital screen.

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There's also ambient illumination with 30 different colors to choose from. As well as a unique start button that flashes red before starting the car.

8 Its Vehicle Dynamics Manager System Makes Sure You Get Optimal Traction

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The XDS electronic differential lock, the torque-sensing, limited-slip differential, and the lateral dynamics of the optional DCC adaptive damping system are all controlled by a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager software. In this case, the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager is crucial.

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The system provides more assistance at slower revs, such as in parking areas while providing a crisper response at higher speeds on twisting roads. According to Volkswagen, the driving dynamics ensure a more precise experience of driving.

7 Brisk Acceleration Gives Enough Thrills To Keep You Smiling

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The headline improvement is the new aluminum subframe, which is lighter and stronger than its predecessor. However, Volkswagen has made several smaller adjustments to improve the GTI's handling. It’s got stiffer springs that make it lighter and faster than its predecessor.

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The result is a 5.1-second sprint to 60 mph, which can be accomplished with either a conventional six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated gearbox which is equal to a car twice the value.

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6 The Steering Wheel Looks and Feels Great

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The interior of the 2022 GTI is more sophisticated, and users will like the gripping steering wheel and the lowered dashboard cowl. Which will improve forward viewing. The three-spoke steering wheel is a welcome addition. The GTI boasts a sportier steering wheel with bright red accents, loads of sporty contrasting stitching, and sports seats with chequered inlay.

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One can adjust the loudness of the music system via capacitive buttons on the steering wheel or below the 10.0-inch central touchscreen. Which controls a plethora of functions and settings hidden in a befuddling menu structure which feels pretty nice.

5 It Still Maintains The Subtleness As ever, the GTI’s styling evolution is subtle

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The 2022 VW GTI is as much pleasure to drive as it is to look at. It certainly appears modern, and Volkswagen tried to reflect the exterior's futuristic design within the cabin everywhere possible.

The exterior style is instantly recognizable; it trades the seventh-generation car's sharp and austere aesthetic in favor of a much more aggressive and techy appearance.

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However, when you compare it with the aggressive stance of the Civic Type R and BMW 128ti, the styling progression of the GTI is relatively modest, as it always has been.

4 Better Fuel Economy Then Its Competition

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Regardless of whether you get a manual or a DSG, the Golf GTI gets nearly comparable gas mileage. The EPA estimates that the manual six-speed GTI will achieve 24 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. Which means it gets better gas mileage than prior models.

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That's also quite impressive for a high-performance vehicle. The GTI looks more sensible compared to its competition like the Veloster N and Subaru WRX, both of which get 20 city, 27 highway MPG and 19 city, 25 highway MPG respectively.

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3 High-Quality Interior Materials

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Volkswagen likes to add minor throwback features to the interior of the GTI to remind folks of the car's long and proud heritage. Such as plaid cloth seats and a golf ball shift knob on the transmission.

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They equipped the 2022 GTI with sporty elements, including aluminum pedals and red stitching. As you might expect, the GTI has distinctive plaid inlays on the cloth seats, containing Titan Black surround with contrasting red patches that complement the red accents, which will look and feel wonderful.

2 VW's IQ.DRIVE Technology Helps In Tight Spaces

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VW's IQ Drive package of driver assistance technology is now standard or accessible across the full 2022 lineup, combining active and passive safety features. Forward collision detection, automated emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, adaptive cruise control, active blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are all included as standard features on the GTI.

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High-beam control, park assist with park distance adjustment, and a dynamic road sign display are just a few of the features available.

1 The Optional Adaptive Suspension Has Cool Stuff To Keep You Comfortable

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The GTI includes an adaptive suspension with 15 driver-adjustable options (ranging from most comfortable to sportiest) that make it feel agile around the turns. It’s also got a standard electronic limited-slip differential that helps it dig out of corners quicker than a cop pursuit.

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The best practice is to leave the suspension in Comfort and let the software adjust as needed. But, the adaptive suspension is only available in the Autobahn trim, which costs $37,995.

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