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Brand New 22 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 300 GTI Clubsport 5dr DSG

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)Car2X communication
Digital cockpit pro - 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customizable menus and informationDriver alert system
Driver profile selectionDynamic road sign display
eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency responseLane assist
Lane change assistantMobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
Progressive steeringSpeedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Start/Stop functionTravel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastenedWireless app connect

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Front differential lockPetrol Particulate Filter
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling 

Entertainment

Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility 

Exterior Features

Advanced high beam control dynamic light assist for LED matrix headlampsAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home featureBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoilerChrome plated tailpipes (1 either side)
Front and rear electric windowsGTI Clubsport styled bumpers
Heat insulating glass windscreenHeated rear windscreen
High level 3rd brake lightHighway light
Illuminated front grilleIQ.Light - LED Matrix headlights, dynamic headlight control with advanced high beam control matrix dipped main beam + LED DRL + 22 LED lights
LED front fog lights with 5 honeycomb designLED License plate illumination
LED rear combination lamp inlcuding dynamic turn signalPerformance rear spoiler
Rain sensorRear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwardsRear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on paWelcome light

Interior Features

12V socket in front centre console12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints3 zone climate with controls in the rear
Aluminium gear knobAmbient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sidesBlack roof lining
Brushed stainless steel pedalsCentre console
Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surroundsDrivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
Front + rear carpet matsFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2Front reading lights x 2 incorporating LED technology
Front seat lumbar support adjusterFront sports seats
GloveboxHeight adjustable front seats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheelIsofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
Leather wrapped multifunction sports heated steering wheel with paddle shiftLuggage compartment lighting
Removable luggage compartment coverSplit folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors 

Passive Safety

3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners3 rear three point seatbelts
ABSDriver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraintsElectronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)Extended pedestrian protection measures
Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbagsFront disc brakes
Rear disc brakesTwo tone horn
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment systemElectronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console 

Trim

Black metal chrome decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panelsSoul dashboard

Wheels

Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)151Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb167WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH171
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL167 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1984Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH7.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH7.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH6.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH11.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL11.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH7.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL7.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH37.7WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL38.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH38.7WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL39.8
WLTP - MPG - High - TEH44.1WLTP - MPG - High - TEL45.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH25.2WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL25.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH38.2WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL39.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power300
Coin DescriptionTSI 300Coin SeriesGTI Clubsport
Generation Mark8Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0729E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5.6Engine Power - BHP300
Engine Power - KW221Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT295Engine Torque - MKG40.8
Engine Torque - NM400Engine Torque - RPM2000
Top Speed155 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/40 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleRICHMONDWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1465Length4295
Wheelbase2628Width1789

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1930
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1270Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)374
Max. Loading Weight544Minimum Kerbweight1386
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Want a more focused Volkswagen Golf GTI? Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Clubsport version.

Ten Second Review

Want a more focused Volkswagen Golf GTI? Then you want the GTI Clubsport version. There's a little more power, a little more visual presence - and a lot more motorsport tuning care. Producing what many enthusiasts will feel is a very satisfying end result.

Background

The space between the Golf GTI and the Golf R is surely the smallest of market niches, but Volkswagen has for years been determined to fill it - and does so in the MK8 Golf range with this car, the GTI Clubsport. To wonder why this model exists when for not much more, customers could go faster and get 4WD in a Golf R is to miss the point. Golf GTI enthusiasts often dismiss the Golf R as a hot hatch for bored executives, rather than one for the Nurburgring. They want something more focused - a Golf GTI with motorsport genes. The sort of thing that was served up in the previous generation range by the GTI TCR, those letters standing for 'Touring Car Racing'. Now that Volkswagen has turned its back on the TCR class, it's decided to return to the 'Clubsport' name last used on a Golf in 2016.

Driving Experience

This car feels properly quick, so that's a good start, the 'EA888' 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo powerplant supplied here in its 300PS state of tune, which is 55PS more than you get in a standard Golf GTI. It's the same engine you'll find in a CUPRA Leon TSI 300. The power hike comes courtesy of a higher boost map and a larger intercooler, plus a different turbocharger. All of which gives the car a more energetic character at higher revs, where only 5.6 seconds is necessary to get from rest to 62mph. That's only 0.7s faster than the standard GTI, but that isn't what you're really paying the extra money for here. Just as on a Golf tuned for club racing, lots of little changes make the difference. There's a 10mm lower ride height, which results in significantly greater camber for the front wheels. The front springs and dampers are the same as those in a GTI, but there's a new control arm mount, new wheel mounts and new rear springs and dampers. Plus the car's VDQ electromechanical differential lock has been re-tuned. And the front brakes are upgraded with the same 357mm discs and 2-pot calipers used in the Golf R. Unfortunately, you have to pay extra for DCC adaptive damping (standard on the CUPRA Leon) and sadly, there's no manual gearbox option - which doesn't seem very 'club sport'-like - but the 7-speed DSG paddle shift auto has a shorter final drive. Best of all perhaps, there's a bespoke addition to the standard GTI suite of selectable drive settings, charismatically christened the 'Nurburgring' mode. This apparently was the setting that development driver Benjamin Leuchter used to lap the classic Nurburgring Nordschleife a claimed 13 seconds quicker than the standard model - in 7 minutes 54s if you're interested. You'll need to be a real enthusiast to really appreciate the difference that all this these little changes make, but if you are, you'll like the effect very much. Especially if you're on a track. Which, given the name, seems appropriate.

Design and Build

Inside, bespoke 'Clubsport' touches are much harder to spot, though Volkswagen has provided decorative inserts on the dash and front door panels; along with red contrast stitching with 'Art Velours' microfleece trimming for the 'GTI Clubsport' sports seats. Everything else is pretty much as it would be on the standard GTI model, touches like the pulsating starter bar and this grippy sports steering wheel with its three silver double spokes. Because you can't have a stick shift with this derivative, there's no opportunity for this model line's usual signature golf ball-style manual gear knob. Instead, there's a choice of either steering wheel paddleshifters or this short, stubby DSG drive selector. If you haven't yet tried an eighth generation Golf, you'll be immediately struck by this cabin's futuristic feel, which comes courtesy of its so-called 'Innovision Cockpit' arrangement, which fuses a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle screen with a 10-inch centre-dash screen, the latter greeting you on entry with a red brand logo. Otherwise, things are much as with any other Golf, so you get great build quality, decent space for two adults on the rear bench and a class-competitive 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

You'll pay around £34,000 for a standard Golf GTI - or just under £36,000 for one with DSG auto transmission. The more focused 'GTI Clubsport' version of this model from launch required a budget of around £38,000. You'd think a model badged 'Clubsport' would be offered with manual transmission, but no: this one's auto-only. The 'GTI Clubsport' model, as you would expect, gets its own bespoke specification in addition to standard GTI features. That gives you a performance brake system and all the little visual changes, inside and out, that we detailed for you in our 'Design' section. Most owners will want to consider the option of adding DCC adaptive damping. At the time of this test in Summer 2021, Volkswagen was also offering a meaner-looking Clubsport 45 model with special 19-inch 'Scotsdale' wheels and a metallic black finish for the upper part of the spoiler and a bespoke finish for the steering wheel and seats. There's no power output increase, but Volkswagen for this variant has taken the 155mph speed limiter off the engine, so it maxes out in the '45' model at 166mph. And you to get a throatier Akrapovic exhaust. For all that you'll need just under £3,000 more, so a budget of just under £41,000.

Cost of Ownership

The GTI Clubsport returns virtually the same WLTP-rated efficiency figures as a standard Golf GTI DSG auto model - so up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 166g/km of CO2. For the Clubsport 45 variant, it's up to 38.2mpg and up to 168g/km. Whichever Golf GTI Clubsport version you select, you can monitor its ongoing frugality via selectable consumption read-outs on the left hand side of the digital instrument binnacle screen. Or via the 'Vehicle' section of the centre-dash screen where you can select 'Since Start', 'Long Term' and 'Since Refuel' read-outs on economy. Servicing? Well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and this Golf will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. Less impressive is the three year/60,000 mile warranty cover.

Summary

The GTI Clubsport is the fastest and most focused Golf GTI yet but also, impressively, in some ways, the one that best replicates the agile, effervescent style of the Seventies original. You might not know that from the stat sheet figures. In all the dynamic measures that tend to matter to hot hatch drivers - 0-60 acceleration, top speed, lap times, lateral grip, braking performance and so on - this enthusiast-orientated Golf never really seriously bothers the class best. You might not be immediately arrested by the looks either, or the initial experience on the drive round the block. But persevere. Nearly half a century of experience in creating a car of this kind has to count for something. It does. Importantly, unlike some of its rivals, Wolfsburg hasn't made the mistake of developing this model only for the track rather than the road, so bumpy British tarmac doesn't bother it. You're always confident in pushing the performance envelope - in a way that few rivals can match. Yet that's possible without the sweaty palms that usually characterise red mist motoring. And in summary? Well this may not be the raw, slightly crude race-inspired shopping rocket that some enthusiasts might crave, but it's still a very credible evolution of a classic performance model line. And a car the hot hatch cognoscenti will rate highly.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
60%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£519
Deposit£1500
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate5.59%
Cash price£38,495
Credit amount£36,495
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£17,673.31
Total amount payable£44,595.31
Volkswagen deposit£500
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge10.8p per mile
Representative APR5.6%
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