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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: My Favorite Road Trip Car

August 23, 2010

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I took our VW GTI to San Francisco for a getaway over the weekend. And I have to say, the GTI is my favorite long-term car for road trips. It was ideal for San Francisco -- sporty to look at and drive, a peppy turbo-4 for squirting through traffic, easy to park, plenty of suspension compliance for SF's rough roads, reasonably quiet on the freeway, 30 mpg fuel economy, and an ideal size for two people and a weekend's worth of stuff.

True, it's not flawless. Like Erin mentioned a while back, there's an annoying wind leak from the B-pillar, and the car could really use GTI camp.

A small group of pictures from San Francisco follow after the jump.

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Brief captions: 1) The trunk's the perfect size for a medium suit case, a garment bag and a duffel bag; 2) The distinctive shape of the Transamerica building; 3) Somewhere along Columbus Ave; 4) Telegraph Hill, home of Coit Tower; 5) A construction mural in the North Beach area; 6) The Bay Bridge.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,750 miles

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