Road test: Volkswagen Golf GTI

Leon Poultney

The compact thrill machine is now in its seventh generation but don't think the 217bhp hot hatch has developed a little potbelly, started wearing clothes from the Littlewoods catalogue and developed a taste for the Archers... in fact, it has done the opposite.

The current GTI is stylish, fit as a fiddle and packed with technology that makes life on the road easier and more comfortable.