2010 Volkswagen GTI Review

Thursday July 8th, 2010 at 3:77 PM
Posted by: Francois

By Francis Cebedo

Strengths:

  • Balance and poise are delivered in this package
  • Interior design and quality are top notch
  • Value. while it is not cheap, it delivers a lot of the money
  • Mileage is impressive when driven conservatively
  • Terrific DSG transmission. It is fuel efficient and responsive
  • Styling is thoroughly refined and modern yet it carries on the Golf lineage
  • Dynaudio stereo system is A+
  • Driveability and fun factor is sky high

Weaknesses:

  • Can be outgunned in a horsepower fight
  • Heavy, unattractive and dated wheels
  • Bluetooth needs voice dial
  • iPod integration needs to be quicker, especially when there is a big song library

Balance and harmony are coveted words in automobiles. The 2010 Volkswagen GTI achieves both with authority. This car makes no attempt to entice you with high performance specs or flashy spoilers and hood scoops. Rather, it will capture your driving soul with a unit that drives extremely well. It will take you to work and invite you to take the scenic mountain route on occasion. The GTI will give you great mileage, yet push you to the back of the seat when called upon. It will deliver great value for your dollar, yet spoil you with an interior that defies its price category.

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Volkswagen GTI R-Series Headed to U.S.

Tuesday February 10th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2008 VW GTI MK V

Can it get any better than a Volkswagen GTI? They’re a hoot to drive, they’re practical, they get great mileage and are reliable. Really, can it get better than that? Yes, yes it can. Say hello to the Volkswagen GTI R- Series.

Car and Driver says that VW will bring the R-Series to America, along with a rumored name change to R20, that will feature the mill from the Audi S3. Said engine should crank out around 270 horsepower from the 2.0L turbo engine, which is a 70-horsepower improvement over the standard GTI — something we like. You get to choose from either a standard 6-speed stick or dual clutch DSG transmission that sends power to the front wheels. As you would expect, we’re really big fans of the DSG box and would go that route. The GTI R-Series also features an electronic differential that will try and cope with the inevitable torque steer.

So, we have a nice choice of gear boxes, and going with a turbo four cylinder versus putting something bigger in means that the balance will be better, the overall car will be lighter (which will help with the MPGs) and it will probably be more rev-happy.

Let’s hope this rumor turns out to be true.

Source: AutoBlog

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2008 Volkswagen R32 Review – The Mature Hot Hatch

Wednesday March 26th, 2008 at 7:33 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

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By Kurt Gensheimer

2008 Volkswagen R32

Blings:

  • Polished 4Motion Haldex system
  • Scalpel-sharp handling
  • Heavenly VR6 exhaust note
  • Luxurious interior

Dings:

  • DSG only
  • Rear styling is hard to love
  • Bullish understeer in wet conditions
  • Tough to justify next to the new GTI

Ruling: If you want the most refined, mature and well-mannered hot hatch on the market, this is the one.

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Volkswagen R32 and GTI Video Review

Wednesday March 26th, 2008 at 7:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

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The Volkswagen R32 is a great addition to the hot-hatch category. But is it a great value when compared with the VW GTI? Watch our video review and tell us how you think the R32 rates in your book.

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