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2006 Volkswagen GTI Review

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If you know the difference between a GTI and a regular Golf and care enough to read this review, then you probably don’t need me to regurgitate the history of the GTI one more time for you. Everyone has their favorite GTI and mine is the Mk II — I liked it so much I actually owned two of them. The Mk III GTI, by comparison, was so lame I’m surprised VW doesn’t disown it like a bad-egg offspring. The faster but comfier Mk IV was so far from the original hot-hatch concept they really should have called it something else.

Unfortunately, the all-new Mk V is off a bad start because as I sift through the specifications, I find that the suspension has been changed for the American market, partially to raise the ride height by 0.6 of an inch to comply with some pointless regulation or other, but also to accommodate the younger and (often) less experienced American buyer, I suspect. GTIs are expensive cars inEurope and exorbitantly costly to insurance too, so they tend to be bought be older enthusiasts than their American counterparts. In addition, the GTI has taken well over a year to get here and, well, frankly I’m tired of waiting. My colleagues in Europe have been raving about it and I haven’t enjoyed a good GTI since I sold mine over six years ago. So please, just give me the keys and step back.

I can’t stay mad at the new GTI, though. Just look at it! The blobby dimensions of the old car give way to tight proportions, crisp detailing and understated purposefulness. VW signals the GTI’s return to form with its traditional red grille insert and the resurrection of the same GTI lettering that adorned the backside of my favorite model. At the same time, it’s not at all retro — there’s a definite family resemblance but there’s nothing old fashioned about its new suit of clothes.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
2015 Volkswagen GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE

Fast, beyond reproach for handling, head turner and just fun to drive!

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I have had five VW's in the past but all were TDI's going back to 2003 Jetta, 2004 Passatt, 2005.5 Jetta, 2011 Golf and 2012 Touareg so I'm a VW TDI guy! This is my first gas VW since the '68 Bug and it is the... + More »
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
2015 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE

A much better vehicle that the 2010 GTI it replaced.

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Great car for the money. Have no regrets and would buy it again. Plan is to replace it with a 2020 Golf R when they become available. That will probably be my last new car since I will be 83 years young in... + More »
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Monday, April 20, 2015
For 2015 Volkswagen GTI

This the most fun vehicle I have owned, just a blast to drive.

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Great little car, good features and reliable. Is by far the most enjoyable car to drive that I have owned in a long time.
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