Ultimate List: Rivals to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The updated Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently one of the best premium hatchbacks on offer in South Africa. There are, however, at least 7 alternatives that you should consider if you don’t want to drive a Golf GTI, 2 of which have yet to be introduced in South Africa. Take a look!

The latest Volkswagen Golf GTI is arguably the most well-rounded premium hatchback on the local market, offering excellent performance, ride and handling, comfort, practicality and everyday drivability, all wrapped into an attractive package that’s difficult to beat.

It’s for good reason then that the Golf GTI is the current Cars.co.za Consumer Awards Premium Hatchback champion for 2 years running… But what if you are not a Golf GTI kind of person? What other options are available if you don’t want to join the GTI brigade? This article highlights 7 alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI that you may want to consider. Note that the Renault Megane RS is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2018 while the Hyundai i30N's arrival is yet to be confirmed. 

Quick Stats: Volkswagen Golf GTI

Price: R545 800 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 169 kW
Torque: 350 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed DSG
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 9.0 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 248 kph
Load Space: 380 litres

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is sold with a 3-year/120 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan.

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Audi A3 2.0 TFSI S-Line Auto

Price: R475 500 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 140 kW
Torque: 320 Nm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 5.7 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.8 seconds
Top Speed: 244 kph
Load Space: 380 - 1 220 litres

The Audi A3 2.0 TFSI S-Line Automatic is sold with a 1-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

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BMW 125i M Sport Automatic

Price: R525 140 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 165 kW
Torque: 310 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed sports automatic
Fuel Consumption (Claimed):5.7 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.1 seconds
Top Speed: 243 kph
Load Space: 360 - 1 200 litres

The BMW 125i M Sport Automatic is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

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Hyundai i30N 

Arrival in SA: Arrival in SA to be confirmed
Price: To be confirmed
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 184 kW / Performance Package: 202 kW
Torque: 353 Nm 
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 7.0 L/100 km
0-100 kph: 6.4 seconds / Performance Pack: 6.1 seconds
Top Speed: 250 kph
Load Space: 381 L

Find a new or used Hyundai i30 on Cars.co.za 

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Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport Auto

Price: R554 822 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 160 kW
Torque: 350 Nm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 6.2 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 240 kph
Load Space: 341 - 1 157 litres

The Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and 6-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

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Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 Automatic

Price: R584 516 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 170 kW
Torque: 350 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 7.2 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 238 kph
Load Space: 360 - 1 250 litres

The Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 Automatic is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

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Renault Megane RS

 

Arrival in SA: Second Quarter 2017
Price: To be confirmed
Engine: 1.8-litre turbopetrol
Power: 205 kW
Torque: 390 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed EDC or 6-speed manual
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 6.9 L/100 km
0-100 kph: Under 6 seconds
Top Speed: TBC, 250 kph likely
Load Space: TBC

Find a new or used Renault Megane on Cars.co.za

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Volvo V40 T5 Inscription

Price: R521 238 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbopetrol
Power: 180 kW
Torque: 350 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 5.9 L/100km
0-100 kph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 240 kph
Load Space: 335 - 1 032 litres

The Volvo V40 T5 Inscription is sold with a 5-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

View specification for the Volvo V40 T5 Inscription

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