With Volkswagen's press release throwing out piles of great information to drive the enthusiasts insane Motor Trend and Car and Driver have decided to twist the knife and released their first drive reviews of the 2010 Volkswagen GTI. They both like the new car quite a bit and only have a few minor complaints.
Motor Trend's gripe was that the brakes are a bit soft for a car with sporting intentions. They liked the handling although they weren't terribly excited by "Sport" mode on the adaptive suspension as they felt it merely made the car ride rougher without any noticeable performance benefit. They also pointed out the equipment we will be going without as the trip across the Atlantic is expensive and the conversion from Euro's would bring the price up to well over $30,000. That might make it a bit hard to swallow as an inexpensive performance hatch.
Car and Driver didn't mention the brakes and really had no bad things to say. In an attempt to prove our assessment of their review they mention the adaptive suspension and its "Sport" setting. They loved the way it firms up the suspension and the steering. The conclusion that they arrived at was that this evolution of the 2010 Volkswagen GTI was the right choice as the 2009 Volkswagen GTI was an already outstanding car.
Both of these tests bode well for the upcoming 2010 Volkswagen GTI as the current car is still winning comparison tests against much younger cars. It seems that Volkswagen is intent on keeping the competition at their drawing boards. Another thing mentioned at Motor Trend was that this GTI will also have a short shelf life as a new model is already on the timeline for 2013. So start saving your pennies, these will be hard to come by for a while if these first reports hold true as we approach the launch this fall. While we wait for the leaves to fall there are plenty of pictures and specs to keep us company.
2010 Volkswagen GTI on roadEnlarge Photo
2010 Volkswagen GTI interiorEnlarge Photo