Is there anything interesting about its design?
I'm pretty sold on the appearance of the Golf GTI Original. And while people might say three-door cars are useless, or annoying, the point of this vehicle in particular is both a historic marker, and to give it a point of difference.
Golf performance models typically account for a quarter of sales, and nearly all of the GTI and R models you see out there are five-door hatches. So, credibility where it's due - VW has done a bold thing by bringing in a three-door, affordable model.
There are subtle little styling changes like the red pin-striping on the charcoal finish 18-inch alloys, and an Original badge on the rear, which - if the three-door body didn't make it distinctive enough - will help separate it in the carpark.
Otherwise, there are the telltale styling cues we've come to expect from Volkswagen Golf GTI - the red trim line that runs across the grille and into the LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, a tarmac-sucking body kit, GTI finishers on the front guards, a pair of twin exhaust pipes and LED tail-lights.
There's an accessory pack with a bigger hatch-mounted rear spoiler and blackened mirror caps for those who wish to add $1250 to their bill. Perhaps the biggest annoyance for me is that there are only two colours to choose from - red or white. I'd pay to see it in gunmetal grey.
One other thing about those doors: a lot of car parking spaces these days are narrow. These doors are very wide.
The tartan-clad (yum!) interior is lovely, with super supportive seats and a clean - but not cheap - interior finish. There is ambient lighting in the doors and nice finishes throughout, including the manual model's must-have golfball-style gearknob.