2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: GTI Generation Spotter Guide
December 30, 2014
There have been a couple of times now when I've seen a GTI on the road and thought: "Is that a new GTI or an old GTI?" The styling changes for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI are pretty subtle. I've put together a few pictures to show the differences.
The first photo is our new, seventh-generation 2015 GTI, of course. Next is a 2014 VW GTI (photo courtesy of Volkswagen of America). It's a Driver's Edition, so it has the special "Laguna" wheels, but the photo is an effective close-up of the sixth-generation car's front-end styling.
Here's our old long-term 2010 GTI with the more common "Detroit" wheels.
Now here's our 2015 car from the back.
And here's our 2010 from the back.
Not the easiest to tell the difference with just a quick glance, don't you think? I've decided to identify the 2015 car I'd look for the wheels, of course, but also the black-painted lower bumper slats in front and the upturned taillights in back.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor