Volkswagen introduced a fully redesigned GTI for the 2022 model year. With a recent full redesign, we expect the 2023 Volkswagen GTI to be a carryover model. The GTI soldiers on in a shrinking segment, offering sharp handling in addition to a well-equipped and spacious interior.
The fully redesigned GTI arrived last year with a far more modern design, yet can still be easily identified as a GTI. The current GTI features an upscale design with a slim grille, unique headlights, and X-shaped fog lights. The rear design of the current GTI shares a lot of the same elements as the outgoing model, with wraparound taillights, dual exhaust outlets, and angular lines in the rear bumper. As a carryover model, the 2023 GTI should have the same exterior design as the current hatchback on sale.
While the current GTI has a few old-school design elements on the inside, the hatchback’s cabin is thoroughly modern with loads of impressive technology. Two large displays dominate the dashboard and the center console features capacitive touch controls instead of traditional switchgear. The automaker transmission has a stubby shift knob that’s similar to something found in Porsche’s sports cars, while air vents on the dashboard run the full width of the cabin.
It results in a clean, modern design. The GTI’s plaid cloth seats and golf-ball shift knob on models with a manual transmission are a touch to qualities from the model’s history. The interior design of the GTI should remain the same for the 2023 model year.
We don’t expect Volkswagen to make any changes to the GTI’s list of tech features for 2023. That means a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, seven audio speakers, four USB ports, and Bluetooth should be standard. Available features will include a 10-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless smartphone compatibility, and satellite radio.
The current GTI comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard. This engine should remain the same for 2023.
Safety features for the 2023 GTI should match the ones found on the current model. The GTI comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and highway driving assist. Optional safety features include a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, automatic park assist, and automatic high-beam assist.