2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Pickup-Driving Ladies Like It
June 19, 2015
I recently needed to haul away a large collection of broken-down cardboard boxes that had been building up at my house. It was a perfect job for Edmunds.com's long-term 2015 Volkswagen GTI. I just lowered the rear seats, no need for headrest removal or other shenanigans. You just squeeze a release button, the seatbacks plop right down, and you have a suddenly-roomy cargo area ready to be filled with cardboard.
I headed over to a storage unit facility where I rent a unit. I knew I could use the recycling dumpster there. When I pulled up in the GTI, a woman was already there with her Ram truck, presumably doing something similar. We exchanged pleasantries.
"That's a cute little red car you have," she said.
I'd never thought of Edmunds's GTI as cute. The Fiat 500? Sure. The GTI? Hmmm. All the same, I took it as a compliment.
You meet the nicest people at dumpsters.
Really, the dual-use nature of a GTI is what I love. You can drive it around every day, hauling your cardboard to the dumpster, your groceries back home, or your broken lawnmower to the shop, and it gets the job done. But when the hauling is done, you've still got a sharp little car that's fun to drive and worthy of admiration.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,580 miles