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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Handles Evasive Maneuvers With Ease

July 24, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Ever notice how quickly the brain processes information while driving? I was thinking about that while driving the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI to Denver last week. For example, I saw something in the road and was closing at it doing about 80 mph. But then the wind gusted and I saw it was very light, just a harmless plastic bag. No evasive maneuvers required.

Later in the trip, I wasn't so lucky.

I was in Utah somewhere, traveling behind an 18-wheeler that was oh-so-slowly starting to pass another truck. Suddenly, from underneath the truck, appeared what looked like the chrome bumper of an old car. It began spinning toward me, shooting sparks, right in the middle of my lane. It was big enough that I knew it wouldn't just pass underneath me. I cut the wheel and swerved into the right lane, behind the slower truck, and let the steel strip pass to my left.

In another car, I might not have attempted the move. I might have just hit the thing and suffered the consequences. But I had confidence that the GTI's stiff suspension could handle the sudden turn without going into a slide.

During this entire incident, which probably lasted about two seconds, I speculated about what would've happened if I'd hit the metal object. At the least, it would have blown the front tires and probably torn up the undercarriage. I'd never really thought of precise steering and a stiff suspension as a safety feature.

And just to be clear, I didn't shoot this photo. It was taken by my co-pilot. I don't shoot pictures while traveling on a mountain road at 65 mph.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 14,487 miles

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