I Can't Drive Aught-Five - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: I Can't Drive Aught-Five

September 12, 2010


Sammy Hagar (or is it Haggar these days?) was once so furious about the former 55mph speed limit that he wrote a hit song about it, a song that earned him enough money to pay for a lifetime of traffic tickets and radar detectors. Our 2010 VW GTI is sitting next to a sign that might could net me big bank.

I mean, five mph? Really? Are they serious? I can't drive...five.

No, really, I can't. Both of my own cars have non-comittal markings below 20 mph. They lack a 5 mph hash mark, and the one for 10 mph is unnaturally close to the 0 mph mark. It's impossible to tell if I'm running along at 4 or 7 or 5 mph. It's enough to make a man pen a hit single, I tell you!


Oh, wait. The GTI's speedo has a 5mph hash mark, and it's evenly centered between the zero and 10 marks. It also has a can't-miss digital readout, right in the middle. What's more, if I idle it along in first gear, the car purrs along precisely at the single-nickel. I CAN drive five, after all -- exactly, in fact.

So much for fame, fortune and my own brand of tequila. *shrug*

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,888 miles

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