2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Six Months Later, Still Want One
June 29, 2015
I've been busy driving other cars in our long-term fleet and the last time I drove our 2015 Volkswagen GTI was about six months ago. I hadn't realized how much I miss this car. The strong turbo-4 power, upscale interior, hatchback/four-door utility and handsome styling are such a great combination. I don't need a new personal car right now, but if I did, the GTI would be high on my list.
That said, I've changed my mind on what kind of GTI I'd want.
Originally, I was certain I'd want a GTI with the optional performance package and adaptive suspension. Maybe I'd even upgrade to the Golf R. But as Ed wrote a while back, the GTI is expensive relative to other hatchbacks. There is so much inherent goodness with the GTI that I'm not sure I'd really want to spend a bunch more.
This is a result of driving our GTI again. I just don't find myself thinking, "Gee, this car is cool, but if only it had the performance package and adaptive dampers!"
As it is, our car is plenty quick and powers out of turns with enthusiasm. We've tested a GTI with the performance package and adaptive suspension and haven't come away with revelatory findings. As for the other upgrades, I could live without items like leather upholstery, the rearview camera and keyless ignition and entry.
Lightly optioned could be the way to go. Just a base GTI S with the manual transmission for me, please.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,613 miles