The updated model brings improvements all around, revised to be bigger, safer, lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the previous generation.
“The seventh-generation Golf GTI has been one of the most-highly anticipated new models of the year, and we’re excited about the response we’re getting from customers as it arrives in dealerships,” said VW of America sales VP Mark Barnes.
The 2015 GTI is powered by VW’s EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The figures represent a gain of 10 ponies and 51 lb-ft of twist.
The company has also revamped the list of standard equipment, which includes a touchscreen infotainment system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED foglights and driving-mode selection, among other features.
The all-new Golf GTI starts at $25,215 (including destination charge) for the entry-level S trim with a six-speed manual transmission, marking a modest $195 increase over the base price of the previous model.