The Renault Megane is a natural competitor to the evergreen Volkswagen Golf GTi. We tell you if it’s a viable alternative.
Same name, different car
Volkswagen has been the top passenger car seller for the past seven years in South-Africa, with the manufacturer topping the sales list every month with their Polo Vivo and Polo models. In 2017 alone, it sold 22 916 units in South Africa. Every 1.57 seconds, the Uitenhage Plant produces a Polo to become someone’s new family member.
Golf 7.5 GTD / GTi / R toer
Galimoto media is onlangs genooi na Volkswagen se laaste bekendstelling (prettige verkenning) vir 2017. Vanaf die O.R Tambo lughawe sou die uitgestrekte pad ons oor ‘n afstand van 900km neem deur dorpe soos Parys, Kroonstad, Bultfontein, Soutpan, Bloemfontein en Kroonvaal.
Meer opsies, moeiliker besluite
Die nuwe Volkswagen (VW) Golf reeks, geloods in Mei 2017, is nie net beter nie, maar strek nou ook oor ‘n veel wyer reeks modelle. Volkswagen se reeks is nie nou net meer bekostigbaar nie, maar verskaf ook meer gemak, beter enjin verigting en brandstof verbruik. Hierdie keer toets ons die 1.4 TSI Comfortline.
33 Miljoen gelukkige kliente
Volkswagen se nuwe Golf GTi is dalk meer as net die “sportiewe” pakkie waarna jy gesoek het. Bekend as die Golf se tweede vinnigste pakket naas die ikoniese Golf R, sou mens jou misgis as jy dink dat hierdie voertuig nét goed is vir die baan. Hierdie is meestal die probleem in die vervaardiging van warm luikrugte wat na Suid Afrika kom.
The best of both worlds
A few months ago, we had the privilege of testing the new Volkswagen Golf GTi 7.5. On the open roads to Graaff-Reinet, this proved to be one of the best cars that we have tested in a while and we really struggled to find any faults with it. Southern Africa is renowned for the highest percentage of GTi’s. In fact, over 350 000 GTi’s have been sold in the region ever since it started with the MK1. Now it is the turn of the Golf R and the Golf GTD to make a trip to our local showrooms and once again, Volkswagen gave us a little taste of what to expect.
Volkswagen’s Golf range continues to set the trend – we attended the recent press launch.
When thinking about the Golf, my personal recollection is the vivid memory of my childhood friend, whose father owned a Golf GTi Mk2. It became a family member, a car that stayed in the family for 18 years. At the end, the car and family only separated due to unfortunate circumstances. In fact, until today it is likely that you’ll hear a similar story from GTi (or Golf) owners.
So here’s something different. Each year we list our favourite new cars which were launched over the last 12 months but this time around, instead of us telling you which ones we liked, our Facebook page invited YOU to vote your favourite new ride of 2016.
The list of candidates was chosen from the launches we attended or vehicles we thought were brilliant newcomers and worthy of being included in this line-up.
The clever touches
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has long been the yardstick for all performance hatchbacks to be measured by. One can certainly see this in our daily traffic, where the fast Wolfsburger ruthlessly outnumbers its rapid counterparts. For those wishing to stick out a little more, there’s now the limited-edition GTI Clubsport.
Volkswagen’s hot hatch can look back on almost 40 years of affordability, versatility and driving fun. N.B.: These are local / ZA specs while photos are of international models. Other high-performance Golfs like VR6 or Golf R have been excluded from this list.