New GTI has that little bit extra

If you really love driving, then tick the Performance Pack box, but otherwise the regular Golf GTI is just fine, writes Shane O'Donoghue.

4th May, 2014
Volkswagen Golf GTI with Performance Pack: even on bumpy Irish mountain roads it clings on gamely.

Around a year ago, I was lucky enough to attend the international launch of the current Volkswagen Golf GTI. It was in the foothills of the mountains surrounding the glamorous city of Nice, which means within a stone's throw of the Col de Vence.

Now, that won't mean a lot to many people. Indeed, researching the 963-metre high mountain pass online it seems to be of more interest to (sadistic) cyclists than anyone else. But...

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