It seems that just about every company is doing a hot hatch these days, from Hyundai to Mercedes-Benz. However, there is only one original, and that's the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The nameplate has been around for over four decades now, and those three letters continue to represent sports car performance mixed with everyday drivability and practicality. It's a tried and tested formula that's hard to beat, quite frankly.
Meet the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, a new three-door, pared-back variant of the German hot hatch that aims to appeal to purist buyers as well as the budget-minded.
Priced from $37,490 before on-road costs, not only is it $4500 more affordable than the 'standard' five-door Golf GTI, it's actually cheaper than the Mk5 GTI was 11 years ago – which was priced from $38,490 in manual three-door form.
Despite the purist focus, the GTI Original is available with both a six-speed manual or the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic we have on test, which bumps the price up to $39,990 before on-road costs.