The Golf GTI is Volkswagen’s everyday superhero with a history that saw it as one of the pioneers (along with the Peugeot 205 GTi) of the hot hatch cult. Loved for being powerful yet still practical, small but not puny, the Golf GTI has been though seven generations in 44 years while receiving updates during each evolution.

As the end of 2018 neared Volkswagen updated the GTI for 2019 and we had the chance to drive it on the track and then live with it for a week.

So, what’s new for the updated Golf GTI? Is it better on the track or more suited to the road? Is it economical and what’s it like to drive day-in and day-out? We know and we want to tell you.