Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
What I'm getting at is that, in some ways, the Golf GTI has better natural rhythm and is less artificially enhanced. And it's capable of going fast - it's only when really pushed to the limit that it starts to feel heavy and unresponsive. Plus, it has a gem of an engine, one that gets up and goes almost as eagerly as the Focus's and has a broad spread of usable power. Only 232bhp? I'll bet it's not the slowest to 60mph, as it has a considerably quicker gearchange than either the RenaultSport or Vauxhall, both of which have shifts they should be ashamed of. That's worth a few tenths, right there.