Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
4 minute read
6 Mar 2021
8:26 am

Why Golf GTI should take note of BMW hot hatch

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Volkswagen can’t afford to take threat of the 128ti lightly, and a proper hot hatch war might be brewing.

BMW 128ti front

Social media lived up to its reputation as a breeding ground for opinionated debates ever since BMW declared hot hatch war on the Volkswagen Golf GTI last month. BMW’s announcement that its newly-arrived 128ti is taking the fight to Volkswagen’s iconic local favourite has divided opinion, similar to that on the grand stand at a Soweto derby. Motoring media, having experienced the car for themselves last week, were unanimous in praising the merits of the 128ti. And their assessment had many a motoring enthusiast sit up with excitement over the prospect of BMW entering the hot hatch fray. But this...