2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: How Does It Sound?

August 16, 2010


We've made reference a few times about how our 2010 GTI's engine sounds pretty cool, thanks in no small part to its honkus, a plastic tube that channels intake noise into the cabin. Well, I finally got around to shooting a couple videos to demonstrate. They follow after the jump.

Two quick videos here. I only had access to a point-and-shoot camera, so the quality isn't awesome. Wear headphones. Also, I was just driving around town, so don't expect any grand Le Mans sounds.

In general I think GTI's engine does sound a cut above more mainstream inline-4s. But I'd still rank the long-term 2006 Honda Civic Si we had in our fleet a few years ago as being the best sounding four-cylinder car we've had in recent memory.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,212 miles

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