Following the local launch of the pinnacle Golf, the R, Volkswagen South Africa has added the Jacara Edition to its Golf GTI line-up. See pricing below…


So, what sets this model apart from its standard GTI sibling? Well, the only difference in the Golf GTI Jacara Edition is that its seats are upholstered in ‘Jacara’ fabric in a check motif instead of the leather trim found in the standard model. “GTI” is embroidered on the backrests of the front pews. There are also red inserts on the side of the latter items. 

The omission (owing to supply shortages) of the ‘Vienna’ leather seat package makes the GTI Jacara Edition R16 700 less expensive than the standard model, which is priced at R733 200. The Jacara Edition is priced at R716 500. 

Apart from the change in upholstery, the specification remains the same. The latest addition to the local GTI line-up features the German marque’s 8.25-inch ‘Composition Media Radio’ set-up with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen-mirroring functionality, VW’s ‘Innovision’ cockpit, three-zone climate control, and ambient lighting. 

LED headlamps are also present. The Jacara Edition also rides on the same wheels as the standard GTI. These are the standard-fitment 18-inch Richmond alloys. This model also features adaptive chassis control. 

As a reminder, the Golf GTI is equipped with VW’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 180 kW and 370 kW, available from 5 000 r/min and a lowly 1 600 r/min, respectively. The engine is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Wolfsburg-based brand claims the front-wheel-drive hot hatch sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 6.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. The average fuel consumption is rated at 7.0 L/100 km. 

Watch our in-depth video review of the standard GTI here.