Volkswagen Golf GTI review – is the hot hatch stalwart still the one to beat? - MPG and running costs

We can think of few more rounded, gratifying and superbly executed everyday performance cars. Classless, understated and utterly wonderful

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.

MPG and Running Costs

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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