BMW 128ti v VW Golf GTI - review & 0-60mph, 1/4-mile and brake comparison!

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In the market for a new hot hatch but don’t want to break the bank? Then this is just the video for you… BMW 128ti vs VW Golf GTI!

BMW has clearly set its sights on the Golf GTI, aiming to beat VW at their own game with their own, all-new FWD performance hatchback. The question is, does the new 128ti offer enough to lead you away from the class-leading Golf GTI?

Well, we’re here to find out! Mat’s going to run you through everything you need to know about this everyday performance cars - from their price and looks through to their interiors \u0026 0-60mph times, it’s time to find out which is the perfect FWD hot hatch for you!

The only question left is - which do you prefer? Let us know in the COMMENTS!

00:00 Intro
00:34 Price
01:34 Exterior Design
02:49 Interior
06:47 Back Seats
08:05 Boot
09:40 Hot Hatch Comparisons
11:49 Engines \u0026 0-60mph
14:03 Brake Test
15:29 128ti Driving
17:33 Golf GTI Driving
19:40 Verdict

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  1. carwow


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    So, which are you choosing? VOTE BELOW!

    • Colin Brown

      Colin Brown

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      Vote 128ti

    • Rodrigo Luka

      Rodrigo Luka

      19 ימים לפני

      @Graysen Konnor Yea, have been watching on flixzone for since december myself :)

    • Graysen Konnor

      Graysen Konnor

      19 ימים לפני

      pro tip: you can watch series at Flixzone. I've been using them for watching lots of of movies recently.

    • RickHunter


      23 ימים לפני

      BMW ... the 128 ti is a little monster

    • latifa F

      latifa F

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      BMW 128ti

  2. VinceOnline


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    Verdict: Golf GTI Manual 🥇

  3. P K

    P K

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    The grill on the bmw is just ugly at this point.

  4. Daniel O'Brien

    Daniel O'Brien

    12 ימים לפני

    Do either of the cars have heated seats?

  5. Raizen


    13 ימים לפני

    Cant devide which is uglier

  6. DoplerE


    20 ימים לפני

    The BMW Ti Decal is peeling off

  7. Supercars Crash

    Supercars Crash

    21 יום לפני Lamborghini huracan crash

  8. Merkuriusz


    21 יום לפני

    I don't like the way BMW is going nowadays, ugly cars, low performance, became shitty brand. Such a shame...

  9. Samkelo J Magudulela

    Samkelo J Magudulela

    21 יום לפני

    Does anyone else despise the new steering wheel shape and infotainment system and headlight controls. I think VW should go back to the drawing board with this. The 7.5 generation is better.

  10. Rich Gill

    Rich Gill

    21 יום לפני

    There's a reason that manuals aren't as available anymore, hardly anyone buys them, they lead to slower cars, they use more fuel and are essentially dead tech.

  11. Andy Wong

    Andy Wong

    22 ימים לפני

    Thanks for highlighting the issue on the wet foot on the brakes! Small thinker but a big safety note...always like your show even though many fabulous cars are not available in my country.

  12. Koketso Bosman

    Koketso Bosman

    25 ימים לפני

    I still believe that Mat is a BMW fanboy 😅😅😅

  13. rascalk1ng


    26 ימים לפני

    Trying to get a test drive of a 128 ti at the moment as a replacement to my beloved 125d. Hopefully the 5 door doesn't cramp shoulder space like the F20 did, (f21 is fine because of the longer doors)

  14. Parvinder Mander

    Parvinder Mander

    29 ימים לפני

    The golf looks better but interior quality is rubbish and cheap looking

  15. Stefan V

    Stefan V

    29 ימים לפני

    Somebody once said : " One is brilliant in every way, and the other tried to kill me'' :)

    • Stefan V

      Stefan V

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      @Josh Street Yep

    • Josh Street

      Josh Street

      24 ימים לפני

      That was for the old M135i if it’s the person I’m thinking it would be

  16. Neyos Zikalala

    Neyos Zikalala

    29 ימים לפני

    Matt , you always test a BMW when its raining . I've been watching all your videos and when you test a BMW you always test it when its raining .. Why is that?

  17. lilaormen


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    i really want to see a saab on this channel pls any saab but i can recomend saab 9-7x v8 its fast

  18. Welile Hlope

    Welile Hlope

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    You should have added the Yaris GTR in this one Matt

  19. wreckinball11


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    With all the complexity the VW 0-60 is about 55 seconds.

  20. Ian Clancy

    Ian Clancy

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    It’s sad that an MK6 GTI has a higher quality interior than an MK8. No cheap plastic to be found anywhere and even the door bins and glove box are lined with felt or carpeting.

  21. J T

    J T

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    lol in first few min you can see the sticker peeling off on the TI

  22. Luke Sullivan

    Luke Sullivan

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    So the BMW is better looking, better performing, better made, just as practical AND cheaper... But the GTI is better at being a normal Golf (with adaptive dampers) than the 128 is at being a normal 1-Series. Yeah, you lost VW.

  23. Joseph Chapman

    Joseph Chapman

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    Jetta gli is better

  24. Leon Rajgopaul

    Leon Rajgopaul

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    Iam very disappointed in vw mk 7 is better than the mk 8

  25. sprinter1313


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  26. BenPBL


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    These German hot hatches are getting ugly

  27. Simon


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    No way is that fugly front end on the BM better looking.

  28. Andy Andy

    Andy Andy

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    I won't buy a BMW again. 3-4 failures within 50k km. Rotten air conditioning radiator. Fuel injector to be replaced. Main computer to be replaced. And possibly beginning of failure of valvetronic now. Now I think it's a piece of junk.

  29. Valery Mironenko

    Valery Mironenko

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  30. Roger James

    Roger James

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    M2 best car

  31. Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson

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    Both of these cars a PIG ugly imho. Wouldnt be seen dead owning either of them. What is happening to car design these days.

  32. yugenvia singgih

    yugenvia singgih

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    need to see which car can store nuclear warhead in the back

  33. Péter Lavotha

    Péter Lavotha

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    Front wheel drive BMW... That's some b.s... I thought the destruction would end with the 2 active tourer... But RIP BMW... You had some good stuff going.

  34. axe693axe


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    Touch controls on steering wheels AND in general can Burn in Hell for all eternity.

  35. S Bland

    S Bland

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    That BMW is the most horrible, pig ugly thing I've ever seen!! For crying out loud, someone give it mask!! Despite the Golf MK8 being a cheapened version of the previous MK7.5 (which was superb - far better than A3/bmw/Merc - as shown in Mat's video) the Golf is still more premium than the BMW (I've sat in them both) and it's definitely worth the extra £2,000 over the BMW.

  36. Bruno Lorenzo

    Bruno Lorenzo

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    Shame on you VW. This new generation of the Golf is a total disappointment... Being a fan, I feel sooo sorry.

  37. Formulka


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    BMW fanboy picks BMW what a surprise

  38. TheFreakonhell


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    Or in other words: Except for the available adaptive dampers, there's nothing better in the VW. "shocking"

  39. Raeggae Gandalf

    Raeggae Gandalf

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    The ugliest german "hot" hatches in decades. Shame...

  40. Lehlogonolo Mphahlele

    Lehlogonolo Mphahlele

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    😭😭😭😭new kia carnivall

  41. Max Harris

    Max Harris

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    We love the 128ti so much, we bought one. It's just a fabulous driver's car.

  42. AlessandroTheGreek


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    Where is the 1/4 mile Part?

  43. Fergus Doyle

    Fergus Doyle

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    Would love to see these two and the new Cupra Leon 300 go head to head

  44. Paul Coleman

    Paul Coleman

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    Ordered my 128Ti few weeks ago ‘minus the red lipstick’ can’t wait for delivery. Test drove it against m135i and the Ti was just more fun to drive 👍

  45. Shyir


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    Wiping your foot on the mat(t- hihihihih) is actually really good advice. Had a few scares myself in the past!

  46. EP— Uncut

    EP— Uncut

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    VW is going downhill. I have a mk7.5 tcr, and it's much better quality than the mk8. Dieselgate ruined their finances I think, even the service quality is bad...

  47. R M G

    R M G

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    The front grill on the bmw has the shape of a babuin backend.

  48. nik zulfadhli

    nik zulfadhli

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    pray for our fellow brothers in Palestine !🙏🏻

  49. Filip Knežević

    Filip Knežević

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    That was kinda slow... I thought GTI should have bellow 5 sec 0-60. My Golf R does 0-60 in 4.2 sec...

  50. Benjatainment


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    Remember the postcode Mat😉 4:38

  51. Utred Bee

    Utred Bee

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    Wet Metallic Brakes - great advice from Mat. Lots of sporty cars have metal pedals and they are lethal in the wet. I've had many a slip in the past. Drying your shoes before you drive is a great Top Gear Top Tip from Mat. Or perhaps I should say a Car Wow How ... er .. I can't think of a punchy term here. Anyway, I dry my shoes if its been raining and before I drive my metal shod Alfa.

  52. Ben


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    matt cant count !! 16 different suspension settings on active dampers on the gti

  53. Voll Care

    Voll Care

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    Don’t like the Golf 8 for its looks, but this 1series front is even worse

  54. J G

    J G

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    Please lads don’t take your car to evolve complete rip-off 🙏🏽



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    Where can I buy it

  56. Christian James TAN

    Christian James TAN

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    But what if you want a manual???

  57. Diego Mendi

    Diego Mendi

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    Scariest cover since Travolta’s / Cage’s Face Off

  58. vbogdanp Vbogdanp

    vbogdanp Vbogdanp

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    The 128ti is way more expensive than the gti here in Luxembourg. 🥲😵‍💫

  59. Yuung Papi

    Yuung Papi

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    how bout 135i?

  60. solid7nab


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    The interior of the new GTI looks so cheap and low cost - I had the MK7 GTD which was miles better. Take the gear stick for example; terrible design

  61. Jim Munro

    Jim Munro

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    Vw have gone Cheap look no thank

  62. Tudor Ceapraz

    Tudor Ceapraz

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    Mk5 Golf Gti is still the best looking, imo. Why do they downgrade the looks ?

  63. Jim Munro

    Jim Munro

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    Seem rain alot on your show yay if your a fish

  64. GreenStorm01


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    Yes! Beemer!

  65. Edwin van der Velden

    Edwin van der Velden

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    Nice pants!

  66. Harkmannah


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    Matt. Well done on picking up in the integrated headrests of the Golf. It’s the main reason for not buying the car for me with kids in the back. Also, they can’t fit their iPads to the back of the headrest when it’s integrated

  67. 0brand 0brand

    0brand 0brand

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    That brake pedal issue is no joke. Huge oversight by VW. The 128ti has been consistently hyped by the motoring press, and the motoring press has always had a soft spot for the GTI, so the Beemer must be pretty good. I’d get one for the wife in black but really it would be for me when I don’t need my larger touring.

  68. Checkmate025


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    For all these Gti's flashy-look-at-me-cars, a 0-60 in more than 5 seconds is very disappointing. It should all be under 4,99 seconds. That is the territory they should be at.

  69. Ahmet SAYGIN

    Ahmet SAYGIN

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    Saying “ I have a Golf “ is embarressing so BMW 1.28 ti is much better and cheaper 👍

  70. Darren James

    Darren James

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    Matt, could you do a video for used cars? Like if were buying used vehicles? Like a video reviewing all everyday suvs, or all everyday estates and things like budget used cars Like skoda, hyundai, seat, etc etc? I'll leave the specifics for you to chose but just an idea.

  71. Waleed Al-Rabbani

    Waleed Al-Rabbani

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    Not usually a BMW fan but I do like the design of this car

  72. Max __

    Max __

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    GTI for me

  73. Clg Fps

    Clg Fps

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    Would get the 128i but what’s with the red accents they’re awful imo

  74. Chris Wright

    Chris Wright

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    I’d still have the Golf GTi perhaps with the performance pack on it or the full fat ‘R’. I just don’t like the looks of the BMW and the brand in general.

  75. Raul Horj

    Raul Horj

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    BMW fan !!!

  76. Engage RC

    Engage RC

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    Did i miss the 1/4 mile testing?

  77. test1uci


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    Those two cars are so boring, just stitchinging here and there, everything is fake and just looks. I feel like they comming from aliexpress.

  78. jamiewalton666


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    I bought my 128 ti in february same colours as this but with the upgraded 19inch wheels. What an amazing car it is.

  79. strngr clothing company

    strngr clothing company

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    abarth best hot hatch

  80. fedegta


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    The preview is displaying the prince Frog and Fiona from Shrek. Horrible the design of both.

  81. Tom Oliveri

    Tom Oliveri

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    Really overdoing it with the carwow ads here

  82. Martijn


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    Brand new TI but the ti sticker on the skirt is already coming loose. *facepalm*

  83. Scott From England

    Scott From England

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    Do all yourself a a favour 😊 go & buy a pre-owned *M140* 😜

    • jamiewalton666


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      I just traded in my Mineral Grey M140i for my new 128ti, loved the M140 but the 128 is the better car, not as fast but better handling hands down and the interior quality is so much better its on a completely new level. No regrets at all and believe me the 128 is plenty fast enough on British roads and is so fun to drive. BMW have got the handling absolutely bang on.

  84. wird klap

    wird klap

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  85. wird klap

    wird klap

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    Their fronts both look like frogs

  86. chimaeraSPK


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    BMW should have brought that hatch to America instead of the ugly Gran Coupe nonsense.

  87. R t J

    R t J

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    Both ugly AF

  88. Gee Tarz

    Gee Tarz

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    BMW continuing their design journey of badly copying Hyundai 🤦‍♂️

  89. dolemite786


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    Who prefers the aesthetic of the older golf? The Mark before this gen...

  90. Stephen Peacock

    Stephen Peacock

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    Don’t need to watch it. Golf gti as the bmw is fugly. The front end is a joke. Agreed the golf front is boring

  91. LosBarrel


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    The new Golf looks like Covid depression.

  92. M Lee

    M Lee

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    Is it me or has Volkswagen raised there prices significantly in this model year. Both the R and Gti versions, even worse they are also saving costs by going down market. The non intuitive entertainment system is a showstopper.

  93. burso83


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    Matt, you have not done your homework 🙈 Currently 128ti comes with the Pro package as standard, means digital cockpit and larger screen. Also with regards to the boot, the floor is not removable, but you can fold it away, so technically works the same as having a removable floor.

  94. Billy Matson

    Billy Matson

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    Gti owner, have rubber mats and a manual. I can’t count the number of times my foot slips off the clutch when my feet are wet.

  95. M4tthias22


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    GTI 7.5 Performance pack. The mk8 Gti interior 🤮

  96. Dimitris Danakourtis

    Dimitris Danakourtis

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    GTR is just overpriced and not worth it. BMW on the other hand is exactly what we say “ you get what you pay “. For real I don’t know what Volkswagen thinks when she sets price tags on their “fast” cars..

  97. Dj Eli Shane

    Dj Eli Shane

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    Only one VW interests me and that is the 7R❤️😎💥🔥👌

  98. Alexandru Maran

    Alexandru Maran

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    You need a manual. Wtf

  99. Auto Social UK

    Auto Social UK

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    Very interesting as a VW girl and someone who likes to hate on BMW I can’t argue with a single point. The only thing is; I have been with someone pushing a TI to its limits and it doesn’t seem to like it very much over a longer period of time. Hats off to BMW for creating a great drivers car, VERY cool that VW went back to offering manuals!

  100. Heredot 34

    Heredot 34

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    You'd better add the test fuel values ​​of the vehicles