2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: This Is How a Four-Cylinder Gearbox Should Feel

April 19, 2010

I'm not usually a fan of finger-tip shifters. You know the type, so light through the gates that you feel like you could rip the thing right off with one forceful yank of the lever. That kind of delicacy usually doesn't feel right, but not in this GTI.

In this car, the light shift action feels nearly perfect. Quick from gate to gate, notchy on the way into gear and not so delicate that you feel the need to be gentle. The fact that it's matched to one of the best four-cylinders around doesn't hurt either. Together, they make ripping around in this GTI as much fun as anything else in the fleet. I think Jordan may have been on to something with his whole M3 comparison.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 4,173 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Volkswagen GTI in NJ is:

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