Prices start at around £28,000 for a three-door manual Golf GTI which is a premium of around £500 over its diesel-powered sibling, the 184PS Golf GTD. The Performance Pack option we're looking at here adds around £1,000 to the standard price.
Tempted by the DSG twin-clutch transmission? I can see why you might be although you'll need to budget around £1,500 for that particular upgrade, which means that before you've started thinking about bigger alloy wheels, the Performance Pack or the Dynamic Chassis Control, you're already be spending around £30,000 for a five-door GTI. As you might expect, it's fairly easy to specify one to well over £30,000 where the Golf runs into the immovable object that is the BMW M140 - then there's the £32,000 310PS AWD Golf R to consider.
Whichever GTI version you choose, you'll get a colour touch screen front and centre on the dash, a DAB digital radio, a CD player, an MDI interface for connecting iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers.