The folks at Volkswagen best be making space for yet another award in the 2015 Golf GTI’s trophy case. This time, the good people at Autoweek have bestowed their Best of the Best/Car award on the new Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The VW Golf GTI was evaluated against every new or significantly-updated model throughout the model year, and as we’ve seen from Yahoo Autos and Cars.com, the completely-redesigned 2015 Golf and the hotter Golf GTI variant have been very well-received. Notably, the Alfa Romeo 4C and the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang were also up for Autoweek’s Best of the Best/Car prize, but even the sexy Italian and the brawny American pony car couldn’t take down the smart, functional and efficient German.
The publication selects its annual “Best of the Best” winners based on several attributes, including performance, economy, fit and finish, design, and value. The Volkswagen GTI nails each and every one of these elements.
“Featuring Volkswagen’s improved 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and a choice of two great gearboxes, the Golf GTI is an approachable, practical performance car,” said Dutch Mandel, Publisher, Autoweek. “The car satisfies on every level and the new chassis makes it a blast to drive on the track or the street. It’s a car any driver can have fun with.”
The Golf GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected EA288 engine delivers 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in its basic form. Power jumps to 220 horses with the addition of the optional performance package, which adds a slick torque-sensing, electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. And despite being more powerful than the previous-generation Golf GTI, Volkswagen managed to increase fuel economy by four miles per gallon in the city, and three miles per gallon on the highway in this new generation. More power and greater efficiency is a winning combo in anyone’s book. Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s brand new MQB modular vehicle architecture allows the GTI to be light, comfortable, yet sport. Those key attributes are complemented by an attractive exterior that’s sporty and functional.
“Our team is very excited to be named the Autoweek ‘Best of the Best’ Car for 2015,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “It’s an honor to receive this award from a publication whose readership has the same kind of passion about driving and performance as we have at Volkswagen.”
Now, if only VW could turn around its U.S. sales slump.