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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Open, Open, Open

December 30, 2010

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I love driving with the windows open in most every car I get my hands on, but I'm reluctant to open them up too far on the GTI. Because the front windows are so long, when they're open, they let in a lot of fresh air, which is good. What's bad, however, is there's no good way to get most of that air back out; to flow through the car and exit before it starts whipping up a ton of turbulence and noise.

What the GTI needs, as most other coupes and hatchbacks need as well (I'm looking at you Volvo C30), are rear-quarter windows that pop out.

Hit the jump to see what I mean.


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See, something along those lines. It's not much, but probably just enough to ease up on some of the pressure and noise that can build up in the cabin while you're pounding along an open road, cursing the non-defeatable ESP.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 19,081 miles

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