Brought back to the Volkswagen lineup in 2015 after a short absence, the GTI is about to disappear again. No, kidding! The new MK8 hatchback will hit the market in a few months as it sets to replace the MK7. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the last year of the car’s 7th generation. For the occasion, Volkswagen Canada has scaled back its offerings before it drives off into the sunset.
Offered in multiple versions for the past few years, Volkswagen Canada is offering only one version of the Golf GTI for 2021. In fact, only the Autobahn trim is available for the last year of the sporty Golf. It includes the KESSY system, keyless access with push-button start, a Fender Premium audio system, LED headlights with adaptive front lighting, a panoramic power sunroof, and new 18-inch wheels. The latter are based on the wheels found on the limited edition European TCR model.
The engine has not changed for 2021. The GTI is still powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Priced from $35,995, the hatch comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but for $2,000 more you can get the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic with Tiptronic.
Let’s take a closer look at whether the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is worth the money.
Why You Should Buy a 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI:
- The perfect everyday car, the GTI adapts to our driving style with ease thanks to the dynamic chassis control that’s standard for 2021.
- The engine is as superb as ever and what can I say about the 258 lb-ft offered from 1,500 rpm.
- Now offered in only one version, Autobahn, Volkswagen has reduced the base price by over $2,000 compared to the 2020 model year.
- Well-equipped for the price, the GTI comes standard with a lot of tech goodies, like a Fender Premium audio system and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to only name those.
- With the rear seats folded down, the little Volkswagen is roomier than a Mazda3 or Honda Civic.
Why You Should Not Buy a 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI:
- Only one version is offered for 2021, and other than colour and transmission choice, that’s about all you can do.
- To add to that, in the next couple of months, the all-new 8th generation GTI will arrive in dealerships with a starting price of $31,495 MSRP with a manual transmission ($32,895 with DSG). The Autobahn variant will cost you $1,000 less than the 2021 with its $34,995 price tag.
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is quite a car. It is also one of my favourites in any category. No matter what generation it is, it always finds a way to bring a smile to our faces. For its 7th generation, its driving dynamics will seduce you at first sight.
That said, with the 8th generation knocking on our doors, an improved engine and several new advanced technologies, the decision may be a hard one to make. For my part, if you can wait, I would go with the new 2022 GTI. However, you should know that buying a 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI can be done without regret. It’s still a GTI after all.