When it comes to vehicles’ reputations, awards and honors are very good signs that point toward the quality of the vehicle. The iconic 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI has earned the “Best Hatchback” honor from the reputable Good Housekeeping magazine. 

Keep reading to learn more about the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI model and how it has been honored by Good Housekeeping as the best hatchback vehicle for the 2021 model year. 

About the Volkswagen Golf GTI 

The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been on the mainstream auto market for more than four decades. This iconic sports car first debuted on the mainstream auto market in 1976 and made waves in the auto industry due to its reputation as an affordable yet stylish and high-performing sports car. Since its initial debut in 1976, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has gone through seven different generations. The 2021 Golf GT model is the last model of this seventh generation. 

The release of the hatchback was significant in the auto industry because it helped make sports cars more accessible for the average driver—including drivers on a budget. From the start, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been undeniably classified as a sports car, but it is also a practical and affordable model that doubles as an excellent family vehicle. 

The 2021 Volkswagen hatch comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 228 horsepower on the road and is available with either manual or automatic transmission. It is available in three trim levels—S, SE, and AutobahnI—that range in price from just under $30,000 to just under $38,000.

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI earned the title of the “Best Hatchback”

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI earned the title of the “Best Hatchback”

The 2021 Golf GTI is designed with a comfortable interior, plenty of cargo space, and user-friendly technology with a built-in infotainment touchscreen. Key advanced safety and driver-assistance features for the 2021 VW Golf GTI include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. 

Good Housekeeping’s “Best Hatchback” Honor 

Good Housekeeping is a reputable American magazine that focuses on product testing and reviews—among other things such as health and literary articles. They recently orchestrated a “Best New Family Cars” competition, in which they test-drove hundreds of new vehicle models over more than 5,000 miles of roads—including highways, city streets, and rural roads. 

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI earned the “Best Hatchback” vehicle model title within this “Best New Family Cars” category. Being honored as the “Best Hatchback” of the 2021 model year by Good Housekeeping within this category helps solidify its reputation as a safe and high-quality family vehicle—not just a high-performing, fun-to-drive sports car. 

What Comes Next for the Volkswagen Golf GTI? 

The 2021 hatchback is already available for purchase on the mainstream auto market. If you have your eye on a 2021 Golf GTI model, you should be able to find the model you want at your local Volkswagen car dealership. 

However, the best is yet to come. The 2022 Volkswagen version will mark the start of the eighth generation of the hatch and is expected to maintain its affordability, style, and high performance. It will feature more advanced technology, including a 10.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. 

In terms of performance, the all-new, eighth-generation model for the 2022 model year will also be designed with improved aerodynamics, more power, additional drive models, a slider for fine-tuning adjustable systems, and a revised suspension. It will only be available as a four-door hatchback model. 

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is expected to begin its production phase at some point within the summer of 2021 and will likely make its debut on the mainstream auto market and become widely available for purchase by the third or fourth quarter of 2021. If the past four-plus decades of Volkswagen Golf GTI models are any indication of the quality, practicality, and performance of its very first eighth-generation model, any driver in the market for a new sports car can’t go wrong with the 2022 hatchback model.