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Volkswagen GTI GLX (2000)

by Carey


When it first appeared, the GTI created a new automotive category. pocket rockets or hot hatches, the GTI and its were the antidote for the ubiquitous, economical, slow, and boring hatchbacks of the time. Although the remains popular in Europe, of any sort are rare in the U.S. the VW Golf one of the few remaining.

The latest of Golf hatchbacks was introduced in the for the 1999 model year. still easily identified as they feature slightly styling and a host of mechanical Four-door models have the name, and a choice of four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline and 90-hp,1.9-liter engines. GTI graces the two-door with the 2.0-liter four or innovative 2.8-liter narrow-angle VR6 V6 the current engine choices. Spring, the naturally-aspirated two-liter GTI will be replaced by the 150-horse powerplant also used in the Beetle.

The 174-hp VR6-powered GLX is the undisputed top of the GTI The original bad boy has grown up since its with leather upholstery, wood trim, and 6-level heaters among its standard Its suspension is tuned for comfort as as for speed, and the VR6 engine has been over the years, with low- rpm torque characteristics. for the 2000 model year, GTI GLX have a new Monsoon audio all-speed traction control, to anti-theft security, and child tethers. The GTI GLX is now one of the most luxurious in the sport-compact class. If it sounds it has gotten soft in its old age, be fooled. As I discovered during a week, it still has plenty of attitude and performance, it’s added comfort to its repertoire. luxury rocket, anyone?

APPEARANCE: The Golf/GTI is a utilitarian hatchback at heart, with placed toward the corners of the short overhangs, and a near-vertical hatch maximizing space But the little VW still has its own style. roof pillars give it a look than the previous and a more-sloping hood line sporty rakishness. The front treatment is the car’s most aspect. On each side, the foglamps, and turn signals are all behind a clear polycarbonate Not only does this them from damage, it the GTI and Golf a unique, high-tech The standard Volkswagen trolley antenna adds a bit of whimsy, the car look like a large model.

COMFORT: You don’t like OK, then try to get a 17-inch computer box into the trunk of a sedan. And, although some hatchback coupes may hold heavy box, the liftover can be high. No problem in the GTI, or any Golf. A low liftover, large and plenty of room inside are of the good characteristics of the hatchback And the rear seat not only is 60/40 to fold down, but its flip up SUV-style for a flat area. One reason that lost favor in the US is that were low- budget, econoboxes. Not the Golf. Even the GL models are comfortably-appointed, quiet, and With its high equipment and leather and wood trim, the GTI GLX is to its upscale Audi cousins to an old Beetle. Its supportive front seats have height-adjustable The steering wheel is adjustable for tilt and reach, so an optimum is available to all drivers. Instruments and are placed well. Seemingly details improve life the GTI — a visor above the mirror can keep the sun out of the driver’s at critical times. The rear is roomy enough for medium-sized for moderate distances, and, as converts to cargo storage and easily. Need comfort and to go with fun? Look no

SAFETY: The GTI’s rigid structure includes front and crumple zones. All outboard positions have three-point Dual front and front airbags, antilock brakes, and traction control are standard.

In the true hot-hatch manner, the GTI has handling and road manners to go its utilitarian functionality. But it has matured. Its strut front, torsion rear suspension is not race-replica but comfortably compliant, with of travel for soaking up bumps and Hard cornering produces of body roll, but the GTI stays It’s every bit as much fun as any GTI has been, it’s just civilized.

PERFORMANCE: Volkswagen may be German, but it has the classic American hot-rod for performance to heart with the GTI there’s no substitute for cubic The 2.8-liter engine is the largest in the sports coupe class, and so has (181 lb-ft worth) to go its 174 horsepower. The compact, narrow VR6 has been refined over the and now has excellent midrange power. some of its competitors, the GTI VR6 doesn’t to be run near its redline for the best It’s quick, but quick in a civilized manner. Fittingly, the transmission offered is a slick, five- speed manual. action is light, and shifting is necessary due to the engine’s wide band.

CONCLUSIONS: The original hot hatch has But don’t worry, this means that the VW GTI adds to its performance-fun abilities.

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