DS 4 Pure Tech 225 and Volkswagen Golf GTI: sporty and elegant

over the decades, The image of the Volkswagen Golf GTI has changed a lot. Released in 1975, the first version revolutionized the market, as it was one of the first models to combine a compact chassis and a powerful engine, without sacrificing practicality. The car that launched the vogue of small sports cars, with the Peugeot 205 GTi and Renault Subsink GT Turbo following suit, then suffered through the tuning pains of the 1990s. The appearance of the Golf GTI is as discreet as possible.

Today, the Golf GTI’s niche isn’t that of a radical sports car. This is reflected in the appearance of the just launched eighth generation. The more airy front bumper, decorated with honeycomb rims, dual exhaust ports, red brake callipers and special rims give this sedan a more dynamic look. The red of our test model advertises the color, but the Golf GTI can go completely unnoticed with other tints. It is the will of the brand. already because of According to the marketing department, Golf GTI customers are looking for “a fun car that can be used every day, with a sober and elegant look”. And above all, because there are more radical versions on the range: the GTI Clubsport 45 and R.

The subtle sportiness of the DS 4 performance line

View the news DS 4 which aims to be an expression of French luxury In the form of a compact sedan, the Volkswagen Golf GTI may seem inappropriate at first glance. But the DS 4 is also available in Performance Line finishes where chrome trim elements give way to black, whether on the wheels, window frames or grille. And that aesthetic could be paired with an engine powerful enough to rival the Germans’ 245-hp 2.0-liter TFSI: at the top of the range, the French offer a 225-hp 1.6 PureTech four-cylinder engine. Between an athlete seeking to enhance her status and a bloated precious man, hesitation is finally allowed.

Essentially inside, the DS 4 seeks to underline its luxury. Perhaps it’s less noticeable in the Performance Line finishes, trimmed with Alcantara, than in other versions with leather-covered furniture. But the simple general lines, highlighted with details in the Baroque style, drip a unique atmosphere. To avoid any compromise, the designers got the DS 4 offered only with automatic gearboxes, giving them the freedom to design a decorative center console. Really high end finish.

Reverse, The interior of the golf looks more abstract. Since the launch of the eighth generation, the Golf has significantly reduced the number of buttons on board, while the screens have gained surface area to blend into a single volume. As always with Volkswagen, the assemblies are elegant and the materials are rather attractive, but on board there is not the same impression of luxury as on the DS 4. However, this GTI can seduce by the simplicity of its appearance, enhanced Some details. gentle, such as configurable ambient lighting (which we recommend setting to red to match the exterior trim) or plaid upholsterywhich has been consistent since the first generation Golf GTI.

The most spacious Volkswagen Golf GTI

on board golf, The disappearance of the buttons in favor of the entire screen is far from successful in terms of ergonomics. Touch controls for climate and volume control at the base of the center display make things easy, but they aren’t lit up at night. And some screens, like the settings menu, which comes in the form of a golf picture that you have to turn to get to the desired location, is all a bad idea. It is certainly very beautiful during demonstration when stationary, but it is incompatible with quiet use while driving. In short, the DS 4’s new system seems to have been better thought of, even if we run out of time for a final opinion.

Golf makes up for it thanks to its practical aspects. Despite its greater length (4.40 m vs. 4.28 m), The DS 4 offers more restricted and spacious rear seat access. Above all, Française passengers must support a tall seat that is very short and close to the ground. On the other hand, the luggage compartment volume on the DS 4 is larger: 430 liters against 381 liters. But it’s best to think of modularity in golf, where the folded seat already forms a flat floor and where the backrests do not deform the seat belts when raised.

German is more effective than fun

In the city one realizes Golf GTI flexibility. Despite the optional 19-inch rims for our test version (which means controlled suspension), the ride is surprisingly good in comfort. Above all, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts gears conveniently and without jerks. Approval is simply wonderful on a daily basis. Out of town, however, expect to get the best of this version with sporty ambitions, which announces 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.2 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. As usual, the EA888’s 2.0-liter, 245-horsepower four-cylinder engine is powerful, but His linear temperament does not give off unusual sensations. The sound, certainly somewhat discreet, works well on the exhaust.

This mechanic looks a perfect match to Efficient structure with flawless stability at top speed. Admittedly, the rear agrees to wobble more on foot lift than the old version, but we wouldn’t get much thrilled at the wheel of this German with its light balance and somewhat idle steering around the midpoint, despite the accuracy. Note that the damping is satisfactory: in Sport mode, the compromise between body support and comfort seems to be finely calculated. It is also possible to access fifteen different suspension settings in single mode, an unnecessary gimmick in our opinion, given that the programmed modes are already fine. Motor skills are correct, thanks to the presence of a Standard mechanical self-locking differential. But this sometimes forces unpleasant increases in torque to the steering wheel. True to its pedigree, the 8th Generation Golf GTI knows how to go fast but isn’t as fun. On the other hand, he is a talented traveler, fast, relaxed and silent.

DS 4 flies over the road

The DS brand builds on the heritage of the Citroën DS 19, launched in 1955 that revolutionized the car with its air suspension comfort. If the 2021 DS 4 abandons this technology, it can take advantage, as an option (1100 euros) of a Damping controlled by a road-reading camera. This test model equipped with this DS Active Scan system showed a rude warranty on even the most degraded paintwork. In Comfort mode, this compact gives the impression that you are flying over the road without the directional stability deteriorating compared to Sport mode, which we finally give up very quickly. It is possible to maintain a high pace in the winding parts, in complete relaxation. The Directional, direct, linear and free of any manipulation around the midpoint, allows you to plot your paths down to a millimeter. This DS 4 pays for the luxury of being more fun than the Golf GTI, thanks to a perfectly balanced chassis, a perfect compromise between superb stability at high speed and a certain dynamism, since it does not hesitate to roll the bends at the height of feet.

The 1.6L PureTech 225 HP It is necessarily less powerful than its rival (0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a declared top speed of 235 km/h). However, it seemed to us that he was reactive enough not to be ashamed of her covers. More than her performance, she is by her character that disappoints. Its long-stroke chassis yet similar to that of a Volkswagen (bore x stroke 77mm x 85.8mm vs. 82.5mm x 92.8mm) results in Lack of momentum when acceleratingWhile the sound remains unspecified. The good surprise comes from the consumption, which is lower than what we are used to seeing with this engine and somewhat equivalent to that of the Golf GTI, averaging about 8.5 l/100 km on a mixed in-cast tube track. On the other hand, we regret the lack of smoothness in the city, with a few jerks from the Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission, which manages well in sporty driving. But the pre-production model wasn’t final yet.

Deceiving appearances. While one might expect the Golf GTI to have a sporty temperament, it ultimately struggles to ignite a spark of fun with its driver. It makes up for it by keeping its promise of variety. On the contrary, the DS 4 doubles the luxury of the interior and extraordinary suspension comfort with a real mood. for the first time, DS brilliantly shows that one of its models is capable of serving as a standard It presents a real identity, both aesthetic and dynamic, linked to the history of the brand. Enough to win a victory that deserves more because the Golf GTI is as formidable competition as it is famous for. The balance sheet is also in favor of the French, which was billed at €42,200 with a Performance Line + finish, and with a fine less than the Golf GTI, €43,425 was sold with less generous equipment.

DS4 Pure Tech 225Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • exceptional comfort
  • road behavior
  • Elegant finish
  • complete equipment
  • stable performance
  • Generous habitability
  • Driving smoothness
  • calm demeanor
  • Unparalleled drive
  • background spaciousness
  • Moderate media orientation
  • No voice recognition yet
  • Lack of leadership personality
  • unpleasant behavior
  • Work environment can be improved
  • high penalty
  • performance3/54/5
  • road behavior5/54/5
  • comfort5/54/5
  • Prices / Equipment4/53/5
  • Practical aspects4/55/5
  • consumption3/53/5
  • Display quality5/54/5

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