Time Marches On, 2012 GTI Revealed - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Time Marches On, 2012 GTI Revealed

August 02, 2011


Always liked the clean styling on our long-term 2010 VW GTI, but for the 2012 GTI, Volkswagen couldn't leave well enough alone. It's got LED DRLs. At least it does based on this shaky-cam video made by an enthusiastic salesman at Georgetown VW, which evidently just received its first shipment of 2012 Volkswagen GTIs. I think the LEDs are kind of horrible, but Magrath assures me they're rad.

Of course, there are other changes, too.

It appears the Detroit 18-inch wheels are gone in favor of a new design reminiscent of the wheels are on our long-term Mini Countryman. Ah, but this isn't quite true. These new "Serron" wheels are only for the Autobahn trim level, as smrtypants44 points out. Elsewhere, the Detroit wheels continue on.

And inside, the golf ball shift knob is back, at least on this DSG model.

The touchscreen nav unit and Dynaudio sound system, of course, were among the upgrades Volkswagen made for MY2011.

So, LED DRLs... hate 'em or love 'em?

Long-Term Test Wrap-Up: 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

And had I bothered to check, I would have pointed out earlier that the LEDs and golf ball shifter were previewed on the Europe-only GTI Edition 35.



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