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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Nabs Hatchback of the Year

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2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

Popular Mechanics magazine named the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI its “Hatchback of the Year.” This is the second year in a row that the GTI took home honors in the magazine’s Automotive Excellence Awards.

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The award speaks volumes for the model’s advancements in car technology. Magazine editors picked it for “the reference point” it continues to be for the segment it inspired.

“If a GTI doesn’t make you smile, your face is broken,” said Ezra Dyer, Automotive Editor for Popular Mechanics.

VW welcomed this second year of praise and recognition from Popular Mechanics with open arms.

“Awards like this validate the consistency of the Golf GTI in delivering unmatched quality and performance at a competitive price point,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Consistency is one of its strong suits. Each of its models — the S, SE, Autobahn, and limited-edition GTI Rabbit Edition — crank out 228 horsepower and include Golf R brakes. Every Golf GTI also has the People First Warranty, which VW heralds as America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. It grants drivers coverage for the first of the following two limits: six years or 72,000 miles.

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The GTI also exhibits a vehicle geared for safety and reliability. S models now get Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Front Assist with the optional Driver Assistance Package.

Check out the new Golf GTI in the May 2019 edition of Popular Mechanics, out on shelves now.

Source: Popular Mechanics