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

    carwowPrije mjesec

    So, which are you choosing? VOTE BELOW!

  2. Colin Brown

    Colin BrownPrije 13 dana

    Vote 128ti

  3. Rodrigo Luka

    Rodrigo LukaPrije 25 dana

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

  4. Graysen Konnor

    Graysen KonnorPrije 25 dana

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

  5. RickHunter

    RickHunterPrije mjesec

    BMW ... the 128 ti is a little monster

  6. latifa F

    latifa FPrije mjesec

    BMW 128ti

  7. GeorgeT370

    GeorgeT370Prije dan

    Very nice test...

  8. McKyle

    McKylePrije dan

    Just him him say he prefers the looks of the beaverw... I'm out at this point... can't trust the rest of the review...

  9. Terence Khumalo

    Terence KhumaloPrije 5 dana

    My favourite HRcharts channel.

  10. VinceOnline

    VinceOnlinePrije 7 dana

    Verdict: Golf GTI Manual 🥇

  11. P K

    P KPrije 15 dana

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

  12. Daniel O'Brien

    Daniel O'BrienPrije 19 dana

    Do either of the cars have heated seats?

  13. Raizen

    RaizenPrije 19 dana

    Cant devide which is uglier

  14. DoplerE

    DoplerEPrije 27 dana

    The BMW Ti Decal is peeling off

  15. Supercars Crash

    Supercars CrashPrije 27 dana Lamborghini huracan crash

  16. Merkuriusz

    MerkuriuszPrije 28 dana

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

  17. Samkelo J Magudulela

    Samkelo J MagudulelaPrije 28 dana

    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.

  18. Rich Gill

    Rich GillPrije 28 dana

    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.

  19. Andy Wong

    Andy WongPrije 28 dana

    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.

  20. Koketso Bosman

    Koketso BosmanPrije mjesec

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

  21. rascalk1ng

    rascalk1ngPrije mjesec

    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)

  22. Parvinder Mander

    Parvinder ManderPrije mjesec

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

  23. Stefan V

    Stefan VPrije mjesec

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

  24. Stefan V

    Stefan VPrije 16 dana

    @Josh Street Yep

  25. Josh Street

    Josh StreetPrije mjesec

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

  26. Neyos Zikalala

    Neyos ZikalalaPrije mjesec

    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?

  27. lilaormen

    lilaormenPrije mjesec

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

  28. Welile Hlope

    Welile HlopePrije mjesec

    You should have added the Yaris GTR in this one Matt

  29. wreckinball11

    wreckinball11Prije mjesec

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

  30. Ian Clancy

    Ian ClancyPrije mjesec

    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.

  31. J T

    J TPrije mjesec

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

  32. Luke Sullivan

    Luke SullivanPrije mjesec

    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.

  33. Joseph Chapman

    Joseph ChapmanPrije mjesec

    Jetta gli is better

  34. Leon Rajgopaul

    Leon RajgopaulPrije mjesec

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

  35. sprinter1313

    sprinter1313Prije mjesec


  36. BenPBL

    BenPBLPrije mjesec

    These German hot hatches are getting ugly

  37. Simon

    SimonPrije mjesec

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

  38. Andy Andy

    Andy AndyPrije mjesec

    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.

  39. Valery Mironenko

    Valery MironenkoPrije mjesec


  40. Roger James

    Roger JamesPrije mjesec

    M2 best car

  41. Dave Johnson

    Dave JohnsonPrije mjesec

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

  42. yugenvia singgih

    yugenvia singgihPrije mjesec

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

  43. Péter Lavotha

    Péter LavothaPrije mjesec

    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.

  44. axe693axe

    axe693axePrije mjesec

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

  45. S Bland

    S BlandPrije mjesec

    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.

  46. Bruno Lorenzo

    Bruno LorenzoPrije mjesec

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

  47. Formulka

    FormulkaPrije mjesec

    BMW fanboy picks BMW what a surprise

  48. TheFreakonhell

    TheFreakonhellPrije mjesec

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

  49. Raeggae Gandalf

    Raeggae GandalfPrije mjesec

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

  50. Lehlogonolo Mphahlele

    Lehlogonolo MphahlelePrije mjesec

    😭😭😭😭new kia carnivall

  51. Max Harris

    Max HarrisPrije mjesec

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

  52. AlessandroTheGreek

    AlessandroTheGreekPrije mjesec

    Where is the 1/4 mile Part?

  53. Fergus Doyle

    Fergus DoylePrije mjesec

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

  54. Paul Coleman

    Paul ColemanPrije mjesec

    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 👍

  55. Shyir

    ShyirPrije mjesec

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

  56. EP— Uncut

    EP— UncutPrije mjesec

    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...

  57. R M G

    R M GPrije mjesec

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

  58. nik zulfadhli

    nik zulfadhliPrije mjesec

    pray for our fellow brothers in Palestine !🙏🏻

  59. Filip Knežević

    Filip KneževićPrije mjesec

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

  60. Benjatainment

    BenjatainmentPrije mjesec

    Remember the postcode Mat😉 4:38

  61. Utred Bee

    Utred BeePrije mjesec

    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.

  62. Ben

    BenPrije mjesec

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

  63. Voll Care

    Voll CarePrije mjesec

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

  64. J G

    J GPrije mjesec

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


    MOTOR SHOW CARS NEWPrije mjesec

    Where can I buy it

  66. Christian James TAN

    Christian James TANPrije mjesec

    But what if you want a manual???

  67. Diego Mendi

    Diego MendiPrije mjesec

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

  68. vbogdanp Vbogdanp

    vbogdanp VbogdanpPrije mjesec

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

  69. Yuung Papi

    Yuung PapiPrije mjesec

    how bout 135i?

  70. solid7nab

    solid7nabPrije mjesec

    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

  71. Jim Munro

    Jim MunroPrije mjesec

    Vw have gone Cheap look no thank

  72. Tudor Ceapraz

    Tudor CeaprazPrije mjesec

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

  73. Jim Munro

    Jim MunroPrije mjesec

    Seem rain alot on your show yay if your a fish

  74. GreenStorm01

    GreenStorm01Prije mjesec

    Yes! Beemer!

  75. Edwin van der Velden

    Edwin van der VeldenPrije mjesec

    Nice pants!

  76. Harkmannah

    HarkmannahPrije mjesec

    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

  77. 0brand 0brand

    0brand 0brandPrije mjesec

    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.

  78. Checkmate025

    Checkmate025Prije mjesec

    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.

  79. Ahmet SAYGIN

    Ahmet SAYGINPrije mjesec

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

  80. Darren James

    Darren JamesPrije mjesec

    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.

  81. Waleed Al-Rabbani

    Waleed Al-RabbaniPrije mjesec

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

  82. Car_photographic

    Car_photographicPrije mjesec

    GTI for me

  83. Clg Fps

    Clg FpsPrije mjesec

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

  84. Chris Wright

    Chris WrightPrije mjesec

    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.

  85. Raul Horj

    Raul HorjPrije mjesec

    BMW fan !!!

  86. Engage RC

    Engage RCPrije mjesec

    Did i miss the 1/4 mile testing?

  87. test1uci

    test1uciPrije mjesec

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

  88. jamiewalton666

    jamiewalton666Prije mjesec

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

  89. strngr clothing company

    strngr clothing companyPrije mjesec

    abarth best hot hatch

  90. fedegta

    fedegtaPrije mjesec

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

  91. Tom Oliveri

    Tom OliveriPrije mjesec

    Really overdoing it with the carwow ads here

  92. Martijn

    MartijnPrije mjesec

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

  93. Scott From England

    Scott From EnglandPrije mjesec

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

  94. jamiewalton666

    jamiewalton666Prije mjesec

    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.

  95. wird klap

    wird klapPrije mjesec


  96. wird klap

    wird klapPrije mjesec

    Their fronts both look like frogs

  97. chimaeraSPK

    chimaeraSPKPrije mjesec

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

  98. R t J

    R t JPrije mjesec

    Both ugly AF

  99. Gee Tarz

    Gee TarzPrije mjesec

    BMW continuing their design journey of badly copying Hyundai 🤦‍♂️

  100. dolemite786

    dolemite786Prije mjesec

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

  101. Stephen Peacock

    Stephen PeacockPrije mjesec

    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

  102. LosBarrel

    LosBarrelPrije mjesec

    The new Golf looks like Covid depression.

  103. M Lee

    M LeePrije mjesec

    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.

  104. burso83

    burso83Prije mjesec

    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.

  105. Billy Matson

    Billy MatsonPrije mjesec

    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.

  106. M4tthias22

    M4tthias22Prije mjesec

    GTI 7.5 Performance pack. The mk8 Gti interior 🤮

  107. Dimitris Danakourtis

    Dimitris DanakourtisPrije mjesec

    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..

  108. Dj Eli Shane

    Dj Eli ShanePrije mjesec

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