All-round improvements for Mk6 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Although the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI "looks, feels and drives a lot like the Mk5", it offers improvements in every department, it has been concluded.

Ben Barry states in Car Magazine that the new Mk6 Golf GTI is "subtly better" in all aspects including power, economy and its on the road credentials.

He indicates that the addition of a new engine, which allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 148 miles per hour, is one of the reasons for the improvement.

The Golf now comes equipped with a direct-injection 2.0-litre turbo engine, which is described by Mr Barry as feeling "a little keener", while also being smoother on the road and more refined.

Furthermore, this engine is strong in the acceleration stakes, as a driver can hit 62 miles per hour from still in 7.2 seconds, while enabling a motorist to achieve 38.7 miles per gallon of fuel.

Mr Barry concludes that the Mk6 is "a little more fun to drive than the already excellent Mk5".

Buyers of the vehicle can also be sure to be safe thanks to the inclusion of a selection of airbags, ABS brakes, whiplash-optimised head restraints and a two tone horn.

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