The 2014 Volkswagen GTI is something of a legendary vehicle. Highly revered by many, it was the car that started the hot-hatch revolution and inspired countless imitators. If you bring up the GTI to seasoned driving enthusiasts, it’s almost a given they’ll become all misty-eyed as they fill up with nostalgia, thinking back wistfully to 1976 when the white-hot Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1 first hit the road.
But, despite what we’d perhaps like to believe, we have to cast any notions of romance aside as we consider that the GTI has certainly not always led the way. It’s not always been at the top of the hot-hatch game, with its imitators soon rising to be challengers – before becoming the leaders and game changers themselves. Indeed, VW’s GTI output in the nineties was sterile, uninspired and instantly forgettable, with critics claiming VW were dragging their heels. It wasn’t until 2005, with [...]
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