The standard mk7 Golf GTI comes with a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 217bhp, but you can also order a new Performance Package, which ups the power to 227bhp.
Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds in the standard model and 6.4 seconds in the Performance Package.
The new GTI is 18 per cent more efficient than before, which translates to 47mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
VW will offer a six-speed DSG gearbox, which has no effect on performance but does worsen fuel economy slightly, with the standard GTI’s figure down to 44.1mpg.
VW has hinted the GTI will cost much the same as the outgoing car, which starts from £25,650. Order books open late next month, with the first UK deliveries scheduled for June.