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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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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  3. Good review ! I like the new rims, the red grille has to go though it looks too much like lipstick.
     
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  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.
     
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  5. F.W.D.=G-A-Y. Next.
     
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  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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