The Golf GTI has always offered a slightly more understated alternative to the wild styling that’s prevalent in the hot hatch crowd, and this generation strikes that note perfectly. It manages to make some of its rivals look a little fussy and cluttered. It’s sporting without being over-the-top; grown-up without being dull; chunky without looking heavy. There are some fantastic detail touches, too, such as the outer grilles in the front bumper, and the way the red stripe that runs through the upper grille is continued into the headlamps. For many people, it’ll be the most appealing option of all the current hot hatches on offer.