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2010 Volkswagen GTI - Review


2010 Volkswagen GTI

This year Volkswagen decided to do away with the Rabbit name for the U.S., instead going back to the global Golf moniker, but despite the name-change, the 2010 Volkswagen GTI, based on the Golf, is still largely the same as it was last year. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s been made a bit more attractive thanks to new sheetmetal tweaks that mark out the Mark VI model of the Golf, but it’s still the tossable, comfortable relatively efficient European hot-hatch that’s won so many fans over the years. For 2010, the GTI starts from $23,290, putting it shoulder-to-shoulder with competition like the MINI Cooper, Mazdaspeed3 and Honda Civic Si.

The 2010 GTI can still be had in either three-door or five-door hatchback layout, with the three-door being the decidedly sportier looking option. Neither is quite up to par with the Mazdaspeed3’s racy looks, nor is the GTI as cutesy as the MINI, making it a somewhat more mainstream choice in the segment--much like the Honda Civic Si.

Power from the 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower turbo four-cylinder is smooth and abundant considering its niche. It’s a marked departure from the rest of the Golf range, and it’s enough to make the car feel sporty if not truly fast. Thanks to the quick-spooling turbo, torque is abundant from down low, and power keeps on coming without the peaky delivery of some turbos.

Shifting is made lightning-quick and easy with the optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, though purists can still have the car with a six-speed manual. The manual isn’t as satisfying as it could be, however, with vague gear selection and a light clutch. With the dual-clutch’s superior efficiency, optional automatic-like convenience and quicker acceleration, it’s hard to make a case for the manual, even for the hardcore enthusiast.

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Comments (6)
  1. "The 2010 GTI can still be had in either three-door or five-door hatchback layout, with the three-door being the decidedly sportier looking option"
    As is usual, the writer has the idea that fewer doors makes a design "sportier". A simple comparison of the two side by side would reveal that the 5-door is aesthetically more pleasing to look at and less entry level.

  2. nice… best looking hatch out there if you ask me, and you can’t complain about the specs
    actually I like the red stripes on the grill.

  3. Good review ! I like the new rims, the red grille has to go though it looks too much like lipstick.

  4. I happened to see one displayed in the mall, the interior is a great improvement compared to older VW's, Volkswagen did quite a remarkable addition to its cars, a complete autostry.

  5. F.W.D.=G-A-Y. Next.

  6. The GTI continues to satisfy and stir those who "get it" and deservedly, it consistently wins positive press. This car's balance of iconic porportions & styling, well-crafted interior, and happy powertain all come together nicely.

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