2010 Volkswagen GTI: Error 404: Hot Hatch not Found
April 07, 2010
Most of the blog entries so far discussing our 2010 Volkswagen GTI have revolved around interior bits-- the wheel, the seats and their position and plaidness-- and other functional elements. This is not because we're wowed by the interior (though it is very nice) it's because dynamically, the GTI just isn't any fun. The graph above explains quite clearly. (MS3 is our 2010 MazdaSpeed 3.)
The steering is numb. The engine makes great noises but never feels energetic. The clutch and shifter are damped by at least 15 inches of yogurt. The ESP can't be turned off and lays the smack down as soon as you get on a twisty road.
No doubt this is a great value for money. The GTI is a solid, well priced car. It's just not any fun.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant