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Lightly revised visuals and specs augment the abilities of VW’s hottest Golfs

Volkswagen logo17 Aug 2017

VIRTUALLY every brand in the automotive space is currently looking at how its range of hatchbacks are selling and – with the exception of industry stalwarts like Mazda, Hyundai and Toyota – are collectively sucking in air through their teeth.

The SUV crossover juggernaut roars on unabated, and no matter how good a car your hatch might be, it’s just not piquing the interest of Aussie buyers.

Well, if there’s anything we know about said Aussie buyers, it’s that waving a performance wand in a car’s general direction often makes a distinct difference.

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI has been at the pointy end of the hot hatch battle since the 1970s, and has ruled the local roost since 2005 – but it’s also feeling the pain of customers moving away from bread-and-butter five-doors towards SUVs.

Its answer? Add more performance variants!

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Model release date: 1 August 2017

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