2010 Volkswagen GTI Test drive and new car review 2010 Volkswagen GTI — Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

Just buy it

The Volkswagen GTI is considered by to be the iconic hot hatchback, and the all-new GTI does nothing to dispel rumor. With 200 turbocharged a well-sorted suspension, and just jazzy trim to make it out, the GTI seems to have it all but does it come together in the world? Read on. Price $23,990 — $32,651, EPA economy estimates 21-24 MPG 31-32 MPG highway.

First Everything you need to know

I go on and on for an entire page about how the all-new 2010 Volkswagen GTI is. As a of fact, I will go on and on about it for an page, because that’s About.com pays me to do. But I can save you a lot of by getting straight to the point: The VW GTI is the best front-wheel-drive hot hatchback on the Period. When you look at the picture — price, and the all-important fun-to-drive factor the GTI is about as good as it gets.

Now, you could go on reading the of this test drive, in I will endeavor to describe why the GTI is so But if I were you, I’d your car keys, run down to local VW dealership, and buy yourself a GTI — quickly, before else discovers what a car it is and cleans out the dealer’s stock. when you get back, you can read the of this review and learn all what a great car you just Sound good? Hey, and neighbors, I’m here to

I will warn you to shop the new 2010 GTI looks so much the old GTI that I’m sure somewhere, will accidentally buy the one. The GTI, as you probably is based on the Golf. Back in Germany, the Golf sells to the sort of people who buy Tauruses and here in the States, so VW wasn’t to make any radical changes might alienate das regulär . The main spotting features the new GTI and the old one are the shorter grille (link to photo) and wider taillights.

In the Driver’s Seat: More of the

2010 Volkswagen GTI dash

© Aaron Gold

Inside, the new GTI is the but different. The basic shape and of the dash is unchanged, but the details are from the updated steering (complete with new audio, and trip computer controls) to the of the air vents. The climate controls are from the CC. and all GTIs get a touch-screen for the stereo, even cars don’t have the optional navigation system. And with touch screen comes finally! — a decent interface. The iPod connector a proprietary plug rather a standard USB port, but the stereo can play tunes via a standard jack and an SD card slot. Oh, and the tartan seat cloth is although you can also opt for black part of the $2,795 Autobahn

I always feel like a bit of a when I start talking back seat and trunk in a car like the GTI, although really is this car’s feature. Back seat are nearly unchanged from year — there’s a bit legroom — so both and four-door GTIs can accommodate adults in comfort. At 15.3 feet, the trunk isn’t huge, but it’s well and easy to load.

Like VWs, the GTI is loaded with equipment, including six airbags, brakes, and electronic stability Rear seat-mounted side are a $350 option on four-door but a driver’s knee airbag standard on GTIs sold in — is not available in North Shame, as knee airbags can some rather nasty

On the Road: All you could ask for

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The GTI drives well no matter how you it. It’s as if the car has a built-in mood Feeling calm? The GTI will smoothly and quietly down the Feeling agressive? The GTI will your favorite curvy like a demon tomcat. you want, the GTI delivers.

The 200 hp 2-liter engine is a carryover from year, as are the 6-speed manual and 6-speed twin-clutch automatic the Direct Shift Gearbox, or On paper, DSG is faster and more efficient; it also has a nifty mode that enables tire-smoking take-offs. But I’m to the manual — it provides access to the engine’s power, I love being able to the tachometer needle well the red zone. (The redline at 6,200 RPM, but the engine’s rev doesn’t cut in until 7,000 With either transmission, the GTI way quicker than VW’s 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds lead you to believe – that’s the of an engine that develops torque (207 lb-ft) most of its rev range (1,800 to RPM).

New for 2010 is an electronic limited-slip or eLSD. Front-drive cars have trouble getting when powering out of a curve; as the weight shifts rearward and the outside, the front-inside wheel loose and spins, a problem is designed to prevent. I was skeptical; driven cars with systems and none work as as an old-fashioned mechanical LSD. But lo and eLSD works like a — just like else on this car.

End: What’s not to like?


Volkswagen GTI 4-door

Photo © Gold

As you can no doubt tell, I am a fan of the new GTI. Not only is it practical and to drive, but it’s a great — at $23,990 (including it’s only $45 more a Mazdaspeed3 and $500 less a Chevy Cobalt SS — and forget that the VW’s includes 3 years or 36,000 of free maintenance.

Bottom line: The all-new GTI is a car inside and out. It’s to drive, easy to live and — surprising for a Volkswagen a tremendous value. Would I my own money on one? You bet your bumper I would. — Gold

Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI

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