2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: A Driver's Car Once Again
February 13, 2015
I drove our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI for the first time this week. And, for the first time in several generations, I'm excited about a new GTI. This, it seems, is a car developed by those who like to drive for those who like to drive. It represents a shift in philosophy for a car that was the foundation of an entire movement but had most definitely lost its way.
But this GTI? It's for real.
I've yet to drive this car genuinely hard, but it doesn't matter. There's character here that, even in mild road driving, demonstrates the purposefulness necessary for getting after it. First, its suspension isn't soft. That means some people will notice the ride quality. Big deal. Don't like the ride? Get the base Golf. Plus, I'd argue that this isn't even a real compromise. It's noticeable if you're the type to notice. Most people aren't that type.
There's real response from every control. The steering actually makes the car turn. The brakes make it stop without feeling like a marshmallow under foot. And the DSG transmission makes few compromises, especially when driven with purpose. The engine is both powerful and flexible.
This isn't just a new GTI because it's on a new platform. No, this is a new GTI because someone at VW chose to take seriously the task of making it a driver's car. I can't wait to discover how far they went.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 6,346 miles