2025 VW GTI.

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This is the revised Golf GTI that is going on sale in Europe very soon. No word on the US model yet, but according to VW’s track record, it could be a while before we see the revised model over here. If at all.

As you can see, this is a pretty lazy refresh up front. And it actually makes the car look worse than before. With even more black plastic trim. The GTI now looks like someone who put on too much lipstick.

It’s the same thing inside where things were better and classier before. VW has been forcing their giant tablet screen into everything they built and it never looked more out of place than in the Golf/GTI. It just looks ridiculous in there. And also, is adding shiny piano black plastic everywhere really what people wanted?

VW sold only a bit over 6000 units of the GTI in the US last year. They canceled the Beetle a few years ago while it was doing much better than this. I am not sure we will ever see this in North America at all. It seems VW will just wait for the GTI EV which should be ready in a couple of years and will advertise it as “The GTI is back!”.

That big tablet screen is everywhere… While VW seems to make an effort to integrate it slightly into the ID.4’s dashboard design, it looks like they completely gave up on other models. The revised Golf is the worst example.

But it also doesn’t fit in the ID.7, ID. Buzz, or the new Tiguan.

I guess people don’t care.

Conversation 5 comments

  1. Is VW verging on collapse yet, with all these old, poorly updated vehicles? I find myself saying this a lot when I look at VW offerings…. “Nice seats. But, the rest… This is trash”.

  2. I have a 2018 I like the body style,the new ones no. Spent $4,000 Wheels good tires brakes at a lowering spring. You can keep the ,extra horsepower handling is what it’s all about, and I think that the 7 and 1/2 is the best looking one.

  3. I like the design of my 23 S more with its double scalloped headlamps. The lower grill looks very more generic IMO and is missing fog lights. I only have an 8″ screen inside but it is integrated into the dash design. This one is just plopped onto the top, ugh! This biggest mistake is not offering a manual transmission on a performance car. VW does it again (in a bad way).

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