Odd Ride Quality - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Odd Ride Quality

June 27, 2011

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Driving the GTI again this past weekend reminded me why so many people have different impressions of this car. I've spent most of my time driving the GTI in the city. In that environment, the suspension has always felt remarkable comfortable given its low-profile tires.

Get on a broken and rutted freeway like the 405 here in L.A. and it's a different story. More than once this weekend I felt like I was behind the wheel of a Nissan GT-R. At highway speeds, the GTI feels considerably less compliant. Those 40-series tires suddenly feel more like they look as every crack comes through to the interior. It's not quite as awful as the GT-R, but it's still more road intrusion than your average hatchback. I don't mind it that much, makes the car feel a little more serious. Wouldn't be surprised if other didn't agree though.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com


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