2010 Volkswagen GTi: Track Tested - Updated
May 07, 2010
(Photo by Scott Jacobs)
Love the new GTI and its grown-up ride and build quality? Hate the 2010 GTI because it got boring and soft and started yelling at kids to get off its lawn? Either way, we tested it and you want to read about it!
Slalom? You betcha!
Skidpad? Wouldn't miss it for the world....
Hit the jump and see some numbers!
*please note that there has been a correction made to the slalom number on the following page.*
Vehicle: 2010 Volkswagen GTI
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Drive Type: Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
Engine Type: Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,984cc (121 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 200 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 207 @ 1,800
Brake Type (front): 12.3-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 11.3-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Steering System: Electric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): 225/40R18 92H
Tire Size (rear): 225/40R18 92H
Tire Brand: Dunlop
Tire Model: Sp Sport 01
Tire Type: All season
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast Aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,097
0 - 30 (sec): 2.8
0 - 45 (sec): 4.7
0 - 60 (sec): 7.0
0 - 75 (sec): 9.7
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.0 @ 95.2
0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.6
30 - 0 (ft): 34
60 - 0 (ft): 130
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (traction 'off') 64.1 (trac on)
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.87
Handling Rating: Poor
Acceleration Comments: There doesn't seem to be any "magic launch" to get this car off the line. Moderate wheelspin is quicker than bog-n-go.
Braking Comments: Some pedal jump-in, lots of stink but no fade.
Skidpad: Marginally receptive to lift throttle at limits, but always kept in check by stability control of course. Slalom: Why can't I disable stability control on this Sport Compact car? Silly. Just silly. And it does slalom speeds no favors.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant