Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
4 minute read
25 Sep 2021
7:45 am

WATCH: Golf 8 GTI smokes BMW 128ti to stay hot hatch king

Mark Jones

BMW puts up a good show, but not good enough to knock Mzansi’s much-loved GTI off its perch.

King and the pretender to its throne.

As fate would have it, during the same week we were spending some quality time with Volkswagen's Golf 8 GTI and singing its praises as the King of Hot Hatches, a new pretender to the throne pitched up looking to topple the King. Enter BMW’s 128ti. Normally compact BMWs do battle with Audis and Mercs. But this particular hatch from Bavaria was set out from the beginning to try and take the ever-popular Golf GTI’s crown. And it came armed with the exact same artillery to make it a fair fight. How much power? Both these hatches run a 2.0-litre,...