2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI for Sale in West Warwick, RI

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI exterior

Overview

While the basic Volkswagen Golf had its last hurrah in model year 2021, the more performance-oriented versions – the Golf R and Golf GTI – live on to thrill hot-hatch enthusiasts. The 2022 model year is a special one, as a major redesign kicks off the Golf GTI eighth generation. It came to the U.S. in 1983 as the sought-after middle ground between fuel efficiency and spirited driving. Over the course of nearly 40 years, the high-output Golf GTI has become one of the most triumphant models in its segment. This fun-driving car has had a cultlike following of driving enthusiasts, many who simply love its style and others who prefer its pricing to that of the more elite German makes. The revamped edition is set to leave its mark in automotive history as the most compelling Golf GTI yet. While almost everything about this five-door has been overhauled for 2022, one thing that stays the same is the automaker’s Carefree Maintenance plan, which covers scheduled maintenance visits for the first 2 years/25,000 miles of ownership.

New for 2022

The Golf GTI is back and better than ever for 2022, showcasing revamped style, ever more sophisticated technologies, and performance that will keep your adrenaline pump primed. The front view is striking with a low-slung mesh grille that houses X-shaped fog lights; there are also fresh wheel designs, standard puddle lights, and illuminated door handle recesses.

The cabin has, of course, been made over as well, getting heated front seats with bolsters, push-button start/stop, the Digital Cockpit Pro gauge cluster, a multifunctional heated steering wheel with touch controls, and – in the SE and Autobahn trims – a larger panoramic sunroof and a brand-new Harman Kardon sound system. VW has packed in more standard driver-assist technology as well, with adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and lane keeping assist now included across the board.

Its performance has been enhanced as well. Not only has the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine been updated to spark 241 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (that’s 13 hp and 15 lb.-ft. more than its predecessor), but the car’s vehicle dynamics system – which controls the electronic differential lock, electronically controlled and torque-sensing limited-slip differential, and optional adaptive suspension dampers – has also been reconditioned to improve handling and agility.

Trims and Performance

The most thrilling model Volkswagen has to offer comes in three trim levels: S, SE, and Autobahn. Their nerve center is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making the aforementioned 241 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. As a true driving enthusiast’s machine, it gets a standard six-speed manual transmission, but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. According to the EPA, the stickshift version gets 24 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the highway. When outfitted with the dual-clutch, the Golf GTI returns 25 city/34 highway.

S

VW likes its base trims to feel far from entry level. Some of the S’s most prominent features are Digital Cockpit Pro, heated side mirrors with position memory and puddle lights, LED headlights and fog lights, a drive mode selector, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. It also has push-button start/stop, automatic climate control, wireless device charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable ambient interior lighting with up to 30 color options, a multitude of USB ports (four USB-C, two data, and two charging), and a sleek 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. The seats are plaid – after all, it’s the GTI custom – and they’re heated and bolstered in the front row.

This trim also gets an infotainment system with an 8.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. To top it off, there’s a suite of advanced driver aids: forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

SE

The SE’s upgrades are keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, enhanced fog lights with low-speed corner illumination, and a futuristic LED light bar that’s integrated into the grille, illuminated door handle recesses. Traffic sign recognition is added to the safety tech lineup, and the infotainment system moves up to a 10-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, Discover Pro navigation, wireless smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) wireless App-Connect, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a top-quality nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The available SE Leather Seat Package will deliver the obvious – leather upholstery – and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with position memory and ventilation feature for the front row.

Autobahn

No surprise, but the Autobahn is furnished with the most, starting with the contents of the SE Leather Seat Package. It also gets a head-up display, Light Assist (automatic high beams), 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, DCC Adaptive Chassis Control (ride-enhancing adaptive suspension dampers), three-zone automatic climate control, and heated rear outboard seats. The Autobahn also comes with Parking Assist, which first determines whether the Golf GTI will fit into a spot and then helps to maneuver it in with automated steering.

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