I was a salesman at a Chevy dealership. I was looking for a fun-to-drive rig with aftermarket potential. I test drove many cars (Tiburon, Civic Si, Cobalt SS, Scion tC), but fell in lust with the ease of control, drivability, and the "oomph factor" that's found in turbocharged cars. This car may look like the Rabbit, with the exception of the sinister red grin on the grill, but underneath the cute exterior lies the quick-revving, adrenaline pumping, heart of an import-killing beast. The GTI is heavier than before (almost twice the weight of the A1 body), but with a power-to-weight ratio that puts many more expensive rigs to shame. Plus the car has almost no turbo lag. VW rocks!
The Sport setting on the shift is great for off-the-line launching, but the most rockin' feature has to be the DSG paddles on the wheel. Tap up and 8 milliseconds later, you're in the next gear. It makes a stick shift seem weak.
I agree with an earlier post...a 4Motion kit would do wonders. Also an integrated rear swaybar could help in high-speed cornering. Offer better speakers with the basic 10 speaker 6 disc package as mine have started to go out. Also, a selectable DRL instead of the always on would be better.
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