2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Prefer Austin to Detroit
January 9, 2015
We still have plenty of time to form our collective take on this new-generation GTI. Our former 2010 model had fans and detractors. Most of us liked its athletic character and slick gearbox. Our more hardcore drivers hated its understeering softness and stability control intervention when really given the wood.
There will be much deliberation on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the days ahead, especially how it ultimately stacks up against its more pedigreed kin, the Audi A3.
I'm just happy for the new 18-inch "Austin" wheels, which seem a pretty immediate visual upgrade over the "Detroit" cheese graters on our 2010 model. The Austin wheels remind me of a shuriken, a throwing star, and seem much cooler than the flower petal look of the old wheels.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor