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2010 Volkswagen GTI: The Other Cargo Net

February 03, 2011

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This is cool. And if you want to hide some lightweight books or magazines under the GTI's decklid cover, it's genuinely useful.

Of course, it's virtually useless now that the hook which locates the decklid cover on the driver's side is broken off. Stick anything remotely heavy on that side and the cover can't stay put as the hatch rises.

Still, a cool idea.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Yeah, Throw the Pizza in the Hatch

January 17, 2011

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It's a small thing, but the cargo net in our 2010 Volkswagen GTI's hatch is one of the nicest, sturdiest nets I've ever seen. I've secured grocery bags and my overstuffed messenger bag (with my laptop inside) under it several times. But the net has enough stretch to it that you can secure a flat pizza box, too. And there are little pockets in the top of the net, one of which ably held a paper bag with pizza condiments.

This is a nice deal, especially, with the three-door hatch since you may not feel like finneagling your extra-large pizza (as this one is) into the backseat or making the front passenger hold it.

(Yes, Desmo, Abbot's again... I have a soft spot for the Popeye's chicken with garlic crust.)

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 19,588 miles

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Hatchbacks Rule

December 03, 2010

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I was reminded of something as I loaded our 2010 Volkswagen GTI full of donations for the Salvation Army the other day. Hatchbacks rule. In the case of our GTI, just remove the cargo cover, lower the rear seats and stuff it in there. Why would you want a car with a trunk?

I flipped through some blog photos I'd taken but never posted for supporting evidence.

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2010 VW GTI: Hatchback > Sedan

September 27, 2010

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I had the choice of the GTI, Kizashi, Crosstour and Raptor on Friday, and since I usually like to give the folks with families a chance at the bigger cars on the weekend, I gladly picked the smallest of the bunch. And yet, the little two-door VW swallowed a whole heap of stuff I needed to dump off donate to Goodwill. While I know a similarly sized sedan could've also done the job, the ease of loading and unloading is quite obviously not the same as it is with a hatchback.

I know most people hate hatchbacks for some stupid reason, but as long as the car doesn't look like this, the hatchback is a superior design for a compact vehicle.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 13,679 miles

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Wonked.

September 02, 2010

Wonked-rear-decklid.jpgTwo days ago Mike Schmidt told you about the broken hook, which locates the string, which in turn suspends the rear cargo cover in our 2010 GTI. What he didn't do was show you the result -- one severely wonked rear cargo cover. It's not great.

This is the part where I refrain from saying anything about the flawless performance of the cargo cover retention hooks on our Mazdaspeed 3.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 VW GTI: 2 Powerpoints, 1 Useless

August 31, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 VW GTI has but a single 12V accessory powerpoint in the front seating area (below). Brent has pointed this out several times. When I took my road trip to San Francisco in July, I had to power my mobile phone, my radar detector (for safety reasons), and my portable navigation unit (as we didn't order Navi on our GTI).

Needless to say it was a pain to juggle these three devices in the single powerpoint. But I remembered that Brent mentioned that the GTI has a second powerpoint. And I found it in the cargo area.

Why in the cargo area? If this were a Sienna or some other mommymobile I would understand.
Moms need to inflate the kiddie pool floaties, soccer balls, etc.

What's a GTI driver going to do with that powerpoint? Maybe you GTI fanbois can help me understand.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 12, 250 miles

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Busted Knob

August 30, 2010

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Attached to the rear hatch of our 2010 Volkswagen GTI are two round hooks, one on each side. From each hook hangs the pictured string. From the string hangs the rear cargo cover. Lift the hatch and the strings pivot the cargo cover to improve access to the rear storage area. It's a simple, thoughtful design. I liked it. Then it broke.

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: My Favorite Road Trip Car

August 23, 2010

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I took our VW GTI to San Francisco for a getaway over the weekend. And I have to say, the GTI is my favorite long-term car for road trips. It was ideal for San Francisco -- sporty to look at and drive, a peppy turbo-4 for squirting through traffic, easy to park, plenty of suspension compliance for SF's rough roads, reasonably quiet on the freeway, 30 mpg fuel economy, and an ideal size for two people and a weekend's worth of stuff.

True, it's not flawless. Like Erin mentioned a while back, there's an annoying wind leak from the B-pillar, and the car could really use GTI camp.

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Open Sesame

June 24, 2010

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OK, I didn't want to blog about this for fear of all the "You're an idiot" comments I'd get but Editor Scott Oldham thought it was blogworthy so here you go.

I had our 2010 Volkswagen GTI for the night, most of the office had already gone for the day and I was in the garage by myself about to load my gym bag into the back. I pressed the unlock button for the hatch and...nothing. I could hear the latch unlock but it didn't pop open. Not even a little bit. There was no grab handle or exterior unlock button...how the heck do I open this thing? I kept pressing the unlock button and saw the hatch door move just a tiny bit but not enough for me to pry it open. Blah!

Fortunately, Oldham was walking to his car parked nearby at that exact moment. "How do you open this?!" I cried, exasperated. He walked up to it, pushed on that VW logo and, oh, THERE'S the handle. "You should blog about that," he said as he walked away. Meh.

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Open Up and Say

April 06, 2010

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I have more crap than I could ever imagine stuffed away in a Public Storage. I don't need to spend that extra $75 bucks a month to hold stuff I should just probably give/throw away. It was time to tighten the monthly budget belt and move all the boxes out.

The only problem was, I had the GTI for the weekend. Time to drop the seats and pack it deep. Cargo limitations were cursed multiple times in French. I was completely worn out after a few trips back and forth between the house, or rather my garage, and the PS. Now my garage is nearly unusable as it's backed-up and non-functioning.

Yes, the Ram would have been a lot better for this, but beggars can't be choosers. The tougher thing to motivate is going to be my lady and her stuff for a garage clearing yard sale. Any takers on a partially chewed on My Little Pony collection?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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