For starters, DSG gearbox is quite popular with hot hatch fans onwards. Renault made the new Clio RS with a double-clutch box, knowing they'd otherwise lose precious sales to the Germans.
Another think the GTI has going for it is an optional diff. The Focus uses the brakes to keep itself straight and true, but the seventh generation hot Golf uses a segment-first electronically controlled mechanical diff that can send 100% of the power to one wheel.
With a big boot, the Golf GTI Variant isn't going to win any prizes, but optional large alloy wheels and a sharply dressed front end help with that problem.
Since you're still haven problems liking this car, we're help you understand it another way: "Honey, why don't we buy a new wagon? I like this one with the red stripe, I hear it's very safe." That's what we call a winning situation!
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