2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Marks the Final Year of the Mk 7

A new Volkswagen Golf GTI is coming to the United States for the 2022 model year – in fact, it and the Golf R are the only confirmed versions of the company’s compact sedan to come to our shores. Volkswagen launches seventh-generation 2021 Golf ahead of arrival GTI with new goodies for its last year on our shores.

Once again offered in the S, SE and Autobahn trims, the Golf GTI 2021 adds a visual touch to every level with new black painted side mirror caps and a rear spoiler. The top-end SE and Autobahn models also get new 18-inch rims, as well as an improved infotainment system.

Dubbed MIB3, the new setup brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless compatibility, as well as SiriusXM with 360L, into the hatch cabin. In addition, the system benefits from improvements to voice commands and improvements to the navigation system integrated into the instrument panel.

Expect the 2021 Golf GTI to have a starting price close to that of the 2020 model, which sells for $ 29,515. Whether it’s worth the wait for the all-new 2022 Golf GTI or catching a 2021 model before the Mk 7 hits the big racetrack in the sky is a decision we’ll leave to you, the consumer.

That said, we’ve never been shy about our affinity for the current GTI and its turbocharged, 228-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While we expect the Mk 8 GTI to improve the dynamics of the current car, we have yet to drive the model to confirm our suspicions. In other words, we know the 2021 Golf GTI is a great hot hatch; however, we can only hope that the 2022 model will follow in the tire tracks of its predecessor.

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