My Hatchback Pick - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: My Hatchback Pick

January 24, 2011

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The title says it all. This is the car I'd get if I were in the market for a hatchback. It's just a well-rounded little car that has enough comfort and athleticism to keep me satisfied. Click through to see my reasoning as well as what else I got to drive this weekend.

If I had around $24k to spend on a hatchback I'd pick the GTI over everything else. A Cooper S is too much of a novelty for me -- too much kitsch, too much plastic -- but it's still a good car. Honda CR-Z? Nah, too compromised between fuel economy and sportiness. Mazdaspeed 3? No way. Too much torque steer and I hate that silly smiling grille. The Volvo C30 is a maybe, since it's got a lot of power, but ultimately, I still prefer the VW.

As much as I like our GTI, I still wish we could get the Scirocco stateside.

Cobra_01.jpg This weekend, I fully intended to wring out the GTI on my favorite stretch of twisting mountain roads. I woke up early Sunday, slipped on my driving shoes and headed out to meet up with an old friend. And then he rolled his latest toy out of the garage. How could I say no? My right ear is still ringing, but I don't care.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 19,800 miles.

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