From the 1,0-litre Comfortline to the hard-edged Clubsport S (see our June 2017 test), the seventh-generation Golf has completely blown us away in every variation since we first tested it in 2013, often setting benchmarks for C-segment hatchback refinement and performance.
Although the TCR isn’t the most thrilling of the bunch we’ve sampled (that accolade undoubtedly goes to the Clubsport S), it’s by no means far off. It’s a fitting last hurrah for a car that has conquered its segment on a global scale. It offers comfortable daily usability that is aesthetically pleasing both inside and out; effortlessly ticking every box on the list. The eighth-generation Golf has some mighty boots to fill.
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: South Africa's 300-strong allocation sold out
Volkswagen South Africa says it has sold all 300 units of the Golf 7 GTI TCR allocated to the local market.
The German firm’s local arm said stock of the special-edition model (offered exclusively in five-door form here in SA) had run dry “in less than a year since going on sale”.
As a reminder, the Golf GTI TCR hit the market in South Africa in August 2020, arriving as something of a swansong for the seventh-generation range. With order books having opened in May 2020, more than 250 were seemingly sold before the official retail launch.
The limited-edition model was initially priced at R669 000, though that figure increased first to R675 700 then later to R689 200.
Revealed in January 2019, the front-wheel-drive Golf GTI TCR employs the Wolfsburg-based brand’s familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder, but in this case tuned to deliver 213 kW and 370 N.m (up from the standard Golf 7 GTI’s 169 kW and 350 N.m).