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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: A Compact Hatch To Colorado and Back - Will We Regret It?

July 21, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

"Great road trip car!" a friend of mind said when he heard I was driving our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI to Colorado and back. I was glad to hear him say that because my first choice had been our new 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. That's my idea of a road trip car - plenty of room and lots of muscle to get up and over Vail Pass at 10,662 feet.

I was initially disappointed when I heard it was spoken for and I was assigned to the pint-sized VW.

But driving back home to pack, I realized this could be a blessing in disguise. Other editors have raved about the seats and I was gradually fine-tuning all the adjustments that contribute to hours of comfort on the open road. The steering felt precise, but not jumpy. The transmission shifted knowingly. This could be good.

The following day, I drove 10 hours to my first night's destination, Grand Junction, Colorado. By the time I reached it and climbed out from behind the wheel, I had a good idea of whether or not the GTI would be a good car for the remaining miles.

More on the trip, MPG and character of the car in this week's follow-up posts.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 14,018 miles

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