2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Following The Upshift Indicator

May 18, 2010


GTI! Right on! Shifts at redline at every opportunity! Burnout! Or not, if you heed the advice of Volkswagen. If you're driving a manual-equipped 2010 GTI and you follow the shift indicator, you'll be in top (sixth) gear by -- ahem -- 38 mph. Obviously, VW is going for maximize fuel economy here with shifts at about 2,000 rpm. Thankfully, there's plenty of torque at low rpm from the direct-injected turbo-4. No boggy turbo lag here.

I've got a video of the upshift indicator in action on our long-term car.

My apologies on the video being a bit bouncy. I had to rest the camera atop the steering wheel. But it got the job done.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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