Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI review (2012-2020) – MPG and running costs

The Golf GTI now consumes less fuel and has lower road tax. It has dropped five insurance groups due to better safety systems, which include emergency city braking

Evo rating
  • Superbly rounded. Fast yet frugal, fun to drive yet shows no form of compromise on the road
  • Edgier, faster rivals more exciting to drive. Expensive.

In three-door manual trim, claimed fuel economy is 36.9mpg, with CO2 emissions quoted at 139g/km which is a fair chunk higher than the 2018 model. Blame that on the new WLTP regulations, but in reality shouldn’t particularly affect real-world numbers. 

The good news is that the GTI's insurance rating has been lowered by a whopping five groups compared to its predecessor, thanks to extra safety systems, including emergency city braking technology. Fixed-price servicing and a large dealer network mean it's not too expensive to keep on the road and it’s likely to retain more than 50 per cent of its value after three years, too.

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