2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Four-Door Is the Obvious Choice. Or Is It?
July 6, 2015
I've mentioned in some previous updates that my fondness for Edmunds' long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI largely stems from its dual-use nature. It's a fun-to-drive car that's also quite practical. For me, that practical part often involves shuttling my two small children around to school or summer camps.
Our GTI is great for this. The backseat is plenty roomy for munchkins (but still close enough to the front seat for me to grab or hand them items) and entry and exit for my kids is easy thanks to lightweight doors and decent-sized openings.
But it occurs to me that my feelings might be different if Edmunds had opted for a two-door GTI instead of a four-door. If the car was a two-door Golf GTI, I'd always have to help my children in and out of the backseat. Buckling them in to their safety or booster seats would be more cumbersome, too.
It wouldn't be the end of the world, of course. I've shuttled my kids around just fine in our Mustang, for example. But if VW gives you a choice, would you buy a two-door GTI?
I suppose the answer could just be: "Because I want a two-door." Fair enough.
But the way I see it, there's no logical reason to get the two-door other than it costs about $500 less. Unlike some other two-door versions of cars (BMW 4 Series versus 3 Series, Kia Forte Koup versus the Forte sedan), the two-door GTI lacks any easily noticeable visual differences that might make it look "cooler." Nor does it have any tangible benefits in performance that might be gained by giving up some practicality.
For me, the four-door is the obvious choice. Would it be yours?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,710 miles