Is there anything interesting about its design?
In line with its more pedestrian brethren, the GTI line has been lightly tailored front and rear to give the 2013-vintage hatch a light makeover.
LED headlights replace xenons on the GTI, while the front bumper is new, mimicking the GTI '40 Years' limited edition rig from last year in its more overt aggressiveness.
New design 18-inch rims join larger diameter twin exhaust tips and a new faux diffuser.
Inside, it's all about the new multimedia system that we saw in the new Golf MkVII.5 in July. The GTI gets the smaller 8.0-inch screen that's set flush into the centre console, while the familiar 'Clark' tartan seat fabric and dimpled shifter (for the six-speed manual, at least) are present and correct.
The three-door GTI Performance 1, meanwhile, scores red GTI badges instead of chrome versions, and wears 19-inch 'Brescia' alloys in place of the GTI’s 18s.
It uses a microfleece/leatherette combo for its interior treatment, while VW's Active Dash Display also makes its first appearance in the GTI range.
I’m not as convinced by the styling of the 2017 three-door as I am by the 2005 original. Not sure why, but I feel the doors on the new car are perhaps a little small in proportion to the rest of the car.
The overall effect serves to give the GTI a swig of machismo and a dash more sophistication, with the LED lights all round multiplying that premium feel.