May 3, 2019
I have always liked hot hatches. They are fun to drive, practical and good daily drivers. I had a 2017 Civic Type R. The current king of hatchbacks. It is a very exiting car to drive. Besides the looks of the car which is the turning point for most people, the car was great. As much as I liked it, I never felt connected with it. The seats were great but hard to get in and out. The dash was pretty nice but the interface was really laggy. Being the first batch of Type Rs, the transmission did made strange noises while going fast. Pieces of trim rattle on the inside. The attention the car gets can get quite annoying when people want to race you all the time. So it was a car that didnt fit my lifestyle anymore. I test drove a GTI before and the connection was instant. The interior felt so much nicer with higher quality all arround. The comfort was quite superior. It was a car I was determined to get to replace my Type R. Determined to trade my car for a GTI, there was a Golf R on the lot that day. I decided to test drive it and it is all I said about the GTI but better. The power and all wheel deive system are amazing. The digital dash, the infotainment system and stereo are extremely nice. The understated look of it it’s brilliant. The Golf R is not as fast and agile as the Type R or a Focus RS. Everybody that is into cars will know that. I know that. But it is the best hot hatch all around. Hot hatchbacks started with VW, and it seems like it will stay that way.