Volkswagen’s Golf GTI Mark 8 acquires the additional ability to almost drive itself.  

On sale from May 24 priced from $53,100, the GTI adds the new IQ.DRIVE, with its near fully autonomous open road capability, and the Innovision Cockpit. These join an array of distinct GTI features, themselves an advancement from the Mark 7/7.5 GTI, the most popular version since the original sports hatchback was introduced in 1976.

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In standard form the GTI is the most impressively equipped sporting hatchback for any price comparable or approaching it. With options the GTI compares to luxury brand vehicles priced at considerably greater sums.

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