2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Strikes Good Balance Between Commuter and Weekender
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 15, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI isn't perfectly suited to the daily grind. If you spend most of your time in stop-and-go traffic, or if you do a lot of road trips, the GTI isn't the best car. The suspension is stiff and the sidewalls are thin, which means the ride is almost always a bit bumpy.
Its twin brother, the standard Golf, is better at these tedious daily tasks. Luckily for the GTI, this is where the plot thickens.
Few cars successfully strike a balance between being entertaining and practical, but the GTI does it really well. I immediately forgive the stiff suspension every time I drive the GTI quickly through a corner. The steering wheel provides plenty of feedback without being tough to control and the stiff suspension helps the chassis feel flat around long, high-speed sweepers.
It's quick in a straight line, too. The GTI is almost two seconds faster to 60 mph than the standard Golf, which is a big advantage in the city. When you're trying to exploit a gap in traffic or make it through a yellow light at an intersection, that difference in speed matters.
If you've never gone out for a drive without a destination, then don't bother with a GTI. Equip a standard Golf with some nice equipment and enjoy the three grand you'll save. But if you're the kind of person who wakes up early on a Sunday just to take empty back roads to your local café, then this is the car for you.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor