2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Last-Gen GTI Has Better Hatch Gate Design
May 7, 2015
One thing I always liked about our last long-term GTI, the MkVI 2010 Volkswagen GTI, and the 2011 GTI my family subsequently leased, was the double hand-hold on the inside of the hatch gate. Whether you were right- or left-handed, it was easy to get hold of the overhead gate and close it.
Our seventh-generation long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI also has this feature, but the cutouts in the plastic aren't as deep, so the hatch isn't as easy to grab.
My apologies for the shadowy nighttime photos, but my model was only available after 8 p.m. Here his fingers are as far as they'll go into the cutouts of our 2015 GTI's gate. He has no trouble closing it, but the leverage isn't as good compared to the 2011 GTI we had.
I wish I'd taken a photo of the old hatch design (and yes, in daylight) to allow for a better comparison. I'll still take the double handholds over a single grab point any day of the week. My only point here is that this convenience was a little better executed on the previous-generation GTI.
Of course, the old GTI wasn't anywhere near as fun to drive as this car, so it's a matter of priorities.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 9,621 miles