BMW M135 vs. VW Golf GTI – By Jeremy Clarkson

Videos | November 26th, 2014 by 20
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On a very wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better car than the VW Golf GTI. But …

On a very wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better car than the VW Golf GTI. But is that really the case?

The BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.

The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle’s electronic speed control system.

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The new VW Golf GTI uses a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine producing 217 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h runs in 5.9 seconds.

So, which one is a better car?

20 responses to “BMW M135 vs. VW Golf GTI – By Jeremy Clarkson”

  1. Me says:

    Ha. Great video! I would love to have a 5-door M135i but Clarkson makes an excellent point in his usual, non-PC manner. Fast, high powered “death machine” is not always better than slow and steady.

    Here’s hoping for the Golf GTD to make it stateside.

    • yankee2 says:

      The 135i E82 coupe is MUCH prettier, and similarly fast. Clarkson should take it out on a dry, sunny day, and see if he STILL prefers the warmed-over bug…

  2. kj marway says:

    Clarkson has lost the plot. Tries too hard to be a celebrity than a true motoring journalist like Tiff Needell.

  3. Otto says:

    Soooo…
    A 220 hp FWD vs a 320 hp RWD. And the winner is….
    Would’ve been more relevant with a 300 hp AWD Golf R vs a 320 hp M135i xDrive I guess, but that’s Clarkson.

    And I like the “The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.” from Horatiu.
    I know it’s a BMW fan page but FYI, the Golf also features some unique “technologies” like a water cooled down exhaust manifold which significantly fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes, not the most accurate comparison but I think Clarkson wanted to point out that the GTI is a serious car, even underpowered.

      I wouldn’t say we’re a BWM fan page, more of a BMW news reporter, but you’re right, I should have added the tech specs on the GTI as well.

    • yankee2 says:

      He COULD have taken out a 135M E82 coupe… But his main problem here is that it was raining rivers. Nobody in his right mind, apart from professional racing drivers racing (perhaps), drives 120+ mph in a lake! On a dry day, the VW would have been left in the dust – no matter what the test.

  4. Lasha Shishniashvili says:

    As expected golf wins. I hate when journalist do this. In my opinion this commercial of VW golf, for which Volkswagen payed big salary to Jeremy and Top Gear show. same situation in other country’s. In russia, VW engines last only 60K miles and than you can throw it in the garbage and yet VW is the perfect cars in russia with the opinion of the journalists.

  5. jason bourne says:

    Top Gear spends way too much time doing knucklehead stunts instead of bread and butter automobile testing.

    Clarkson, Hammond, and May are turning into British equivalents of The Three Stooges.

    • yankee2 says:

      Top Gear was the most popular show on TV for most of a decade. Your bread and butter testers never did that! TG is about motoring fun, NOT strict reviewing. TG is about Clarkson, Hammond and May as much as about any cars. I’ll tell you, it has lightened many of MY days nicely…

  6. N & M says:

    Forgetting the insane conditions and speed which JC decided to test the M135i, the fact is the Golf is the far more practical and conventional of the pair. On a BMW comparison test I had the chance to drive the Golf and was impressed with the quality and strength of the product, but it was no where near as fun as the BMW. Even when compared to the R version, the BMW was just more smiles. In this segment where value goes a long way though, that might not be enough.

  7. N & M says:

    Forgetting the insane conditions and speed which JC decided to test the M135i, the fact is the Golf is the far more practical and conventional of the pair. On a BMW comparison test I had the chance to drive the Golf and was impressed with the quality and strength of the product, but it was no where near as fun as the BMW. Even when compared to the R version, the BMW was just more smiles. In this segment where value goes a long way though, that might not be enough.

    • eac says:

      A 140hp Golf 1.4 is more practical than a GTI and performance differences are minimal in practical conditions. If we compare the M135i against a Porsche 911, BMW will be more practical for half price. It’s don’t make sense.

      • yankee2 says:

        The BMW is, no surprise, quite a bit faster than the VW… and we don’t usually drive well over 100mph in a deluge… Under normal conditions, the VW woulda run like a pig by comparison…

    • yankee2 says:

      Exactly. Front mounted, 6-cylinder, turbocharged 300hp engine, RWD and 6MT in a small, well-engineered BMW is hard to beat, on a dry road in any case.

  8. nobody says:

    Get ready for a front-wheel drive, 3 or 4 cylinder next-gen 1series, with more leg room and trunk space. Send your Thank you letters to Mr. Clarkson for this hatched job.

  9. eac says:

    Something that I could not understand is if Traction Control and ESP were turned off or on. VW is not possible do it, but BMW yes… And normally to get better results by launch they are turned off.

  10. yankee2 says:

    I’d still MUCH rather have the bimmer… I just
    WOULDN’T drive it over 120 mph in the rain.

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