Not Sure If I Buy It,Two - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Not Sure If I Buy It,Two

June 11, 2010


I got more flak about the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 interior post I did a few days ago than I expected. On the suggestion of reader chirsch3, I got into our GTI to give the interior a fresh look.

Fair disclosure, I think it's safe to say I have a soft spot for plaid. I grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and plaid flannel shirts were a staple. Yes, that was way before Smells Like Teen Spirit. It also reminds me of a real cool punk rock girlfriend I had back up in the Bay Area many years ago.

I like the plaid interior of the GTI. I think it's cool.

Herald the onslaught of rotten tomatoes and putrescence. Yeah! Bring it on!

I usually like the classically styled interior, but not always. I don't think I'd say the GTI's interior is trendy. You might say it's dated (besides ugly). Maybe I like it because of the Santa Cruz Mountains or maybe it's because it reminds me of my Gwen Stefani like ex-girlfriend. Sure my affinity for the interior may date me, but this is one time capsule I don't mind being strongly associated with.

Do you think I'm crazy? I have no taste? Is the GTI's interior really that bad?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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