2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Happy When It Rains

December 20, 2010

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The pic above shows what the view looked like from behind the wheel of the GTI over the weekend: Rain, rain and more rain.

Non-stop rainstorms did little to dampen the GTI's spirits. It felt nimble and secure even when the water was ankle-deep on the road and its soothing heated seats kept me mellow and calm even when faced with the most egregious cases of poor wet-weather driving. I also appreciated its compact size and relatively small turning circle that one time when I had to make a quick, sharp turn to nab the last remaining spot in a parking lot packed to capacity with the vehicles of holiday shoppers.

One thing about the rain, though, is that when you've got inches of water of the streets, you can't see the potholes. And if you can't see them, you can't avoid them. Ouch. That's one stiff suspension.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 17,612 miles

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