The 2022 Golf GTI
Available late Fall 2021
8th generation of an icon
All-new design, more power, more tech, more goosebumps.
When there is a red line stretching across the front, and the radiator grille features a honeycomb design and black air intakes, there can just be three letters on the badge: GTI. Slim LED headlights, a strikingly unique bumper and extended rocker panels add even more character to this legendary model. At the back, the roof spoiler and chrome-plated exhaust pipes are essential features, while the LED tail light clusters leave a unique signature for those in your wake.
Round and round and round.
The side view of the GTI is punctuated by striking wheel designs, beginning with the “Richmond” in standard 17” or available 18” sizes. However, if you’re looking for an even sportier look, you can, for the first time in a GTI, get 19” Adelaide alloy wheels.
Brilliant LED Lighting
Find your light.
The Golf GTI has standard LED headlights with a slimmer, sleeker profile that extends around to the fenders. The optional Performance LED headlights incorporate Light Assist (automatic high beam) and a dynamic cornering function to help you see what’s coming around the bend.
LED Fog Lights
Light through the unknown.
See through the fog, heavy rain, or snowfall with standard LED fog lights. You’ll find them in the new 5 “X” design integrated in the bumper for a distinctive look.
Exterior Ambient Lighting
The Welcome Light.
When you approach your Golf GTI with your key fob, you’ll be welcomed by the available illuminated LED strip just below the iconic red line and guided to the driver’s seat with light projections from the headlights, taillights, side mirrors, and door handles.
Dual Chrome Exhaust
Double the Chrome, Double the Fun.
In keeping with GTI tradition, fully-functional dual exhaust outlets in the rear bumper signal the performance within.
Smoother, Simpler, Sportier.
The Golf GTI is more aerodynamic in this redesign with optimized exterior mirrors, bespoke GTI roof spoiler, extensive underbody panels, and more.
It’s all about performance.
Power in perfect balance.
The “EA888” 2.0L turbocharged engine in the Golf GTI has an impressive 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, propelling the car to 100 km/h in as little as 6.2 seconds.* With a broad powerband, you’ll enjoy instant response everywhere from city streets to winding country roads. The standard “VAQ” electronically-controlled limited slip differential helps put the driver in full control with sure-footed traction even in challenging conditions.
Two or three pedals.
Make the most of GTI’s broad power band with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or Volkswagen’s lightning-quick 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG®).
Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM)
Tight corners here we come.
Think of the new “Vehicle Dynamics Manager” (VDM) as the conductor of GTI’s performance orchestra. Coordinating the response of various functions including the electronically-controlled limited slip differential and electronic stability control, VDM constantly monitors driver input to adjust vehicle response and maintain a neutral balance with minimal understeer.
In models equipped with the optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers, VDM can adjust individual wheel damping rates 200 times per second for exceptional lateral agility and stability.
Summer Performance Tires
Stay in contact.
For its eighth generation, drivers can opt for a GTI-first 19” wheel (“Adelaide”) wrapped with high-performance summer tires* for maximum lateral grip and more precise steering response. Stay in better contact with your favourite twisty road.
Limited Slip Differential
The Vorderachsquersperre (or VAQ) is a torque-sensing, electro-hydraulic limited slip differential that’s electronically controlled for ultimate precision. Working in concert with the Golf GTI’s Vehicle Dynamics Manager, VAQ controls torque distribution across the front axle. When accelerating out of a corner or in slippery conditions, power can be precisely shifted left-and-right for improved traction and path control.
Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC)
Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) continuously reacts to the road surface and driving situation to adjust the suspension damping rate for optimal performance. Pre-set profiles include Comfort, Eco, and Sport, while Individual mode offers customization even beyond these parameters. The DCC system can adjust individual wheel damping 200 times per second, helping keep the tires where they belong: in contact with the road.
A conventional steering system operates on a fixed gear ratio meant to strike a balance between responsiveness and comfort. The progressive steering in the GTI brings more bandwidth, using a variable steering rack and pinion gearing, as well as a more powerful electric assist motor. When parking and maneuvering, steering effort is significantly reduced for easy operation. On winding roads or at higher speeds, the steering can adjust to a more direct ratio for a confidence-inspiring on-centre feel matched by immediate and accurate response.
Technology and Convenience
Head-Up Display (HUD)
The available Head-Up Display (HUD) in the GTI puts all the most important information right in front of you to keep your eyes fixed on the road ahead. When enabled, part of the windshield becomes a projection surface to display speed, navigation instructions, and information from various driver assistance systems.
Legendary Hot Hatch, Legendary Seating
Seats have always been an important part of what makes a GTI, a GTI. With the eighth generation, GTI once again delivers on the formula that has excited driving enthusiasts for nearly forty years.
New racing-style front bucket seats with integrated headrests feature a red wrap-around accent and impressive side bolstering that’s firm enough for the track without sacrificing everyday comfort. Classic GTI plaid cloth seating surfaces, in a new pattern called “Scale Paper”, are standard. For those who appreciate this part of GTI’s heritage, cloth seating can be selected optionally even in the top “Performance” trim.
Sports Steering Wheel
Choose your path with GTI’s classic sports steering wheel, now heated as standard. A novel new touch control interface incorporates haptic feedback, allowing the driver to easily access various navigation, audio, and driver assistance aids. Ergonomically-contoured, the wheel features perforated inserts, a flat bottom, a GTI red clasp at the 6 o’clock position, and shift paddles for DSG-equipped models.
Volkswagen’s 10.25″ Digital Cockpit Pro is now standard in every Golf GTI. By default, the Sport layout puts a large tachometer front-and-centre. The layout is widely configurable with views focusing on driver assistance, a classic two-dial style, or even a minimalist approach. Important operating information like oil and coolant temperatures is always close at-hand.
When paired with the available 10″ Discover Pro navigation system, a navigation view allows the map to be shown in both screens concurrently, creating the “Innovision Cockpit.”
The interior of the Golf GTI is as precisely designed as the exterior, from the high-quality materials to the classic GTI honeycomb pattern on the dashboard. The adjustable LED ambient lighting and high-res displays in the interior put light accents in all the right places and even tie into the graphics of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro. The stainless steel pedals prove that every detail of the cabin was imagined with an eye for design.
harman / kardon
The harman / kardon® audio system available in the GTI provides the perfect musical backdrop to any journey. Get the right balance with 8 speakers, a subwoofer, a centre speaker, and a 12-channel amplifier.
The tilting or sliding panoramic sunroof is available on all Golf GTI trims for anyone seeking a new perspective.
Travel Assist is an advanced driver assistance system combining Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control designed to help keep your vehicle positioned in its lane and at a constant distance from the vehicle ahead of you. It uses a pre-set following distance to automatically make adjustments based on the surrounding traffic, but you’ll need to keep your hands on the steering wheel for the feature to operate.
The Side Assist feature is designed to use LED lights on the side mirror housing to tell you if other vehicles are detected in your blind spot or approaching fast from behind.
Lane Assist can help you on long journeys when the open road seems endless. Starting at 60 km/h, it is designed to detect if your vehicle is drifting out of its lane and with corrective steering, can help lead you back to where you’re supposed to be.
Park Distance Control (Front and Rear)
The Park Distance Control** (front and rear) sensors are designed to help you get into and out of tight spots with audible beeps if it detects there isn’t enough space. It can also brake automatically under certain conditions if it senses a potential collision.
Automatic Emergency Braking
If the vehicle senses an impending collision with another vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian under certain conditions, available Front Assist** is designed to warn you with an audible tone. It is designed to also apply the brakes under certain conditions.
Not only is Park Assist designed to tell you when you’re passing a large enough parking space, it can also steer your vehicle into it. Just operate the clutch, accelerator, and brake and Park Assist is designed to do the rest.
Dynamic Road Sign Display
The Dynamic Road Sign Display is designed to inform you of posted communications detected like traffic signs, speed limits, overtaking restrictions, and warning signs to help keep you focused on the road.