2015 Volkswagen GTI: Feels Expensive Because It Is
March 17, 2015
Like many of our editors on staff, I like the overall feel of our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, from the way the doors close to the precise steering to the crisp shifts from the DSG automatic transmission. This GTI is clearly a step above your average compact hatchback.
And it should be, after all it had a sticker price of $31,515. That's quite a bit more than your average hatchback. I'm as guilty as anybody when it comes to thinking of this car as a mid-priced hatch when it's not. Our last Mazda 3 was fully loaded and it still cost $4,000 less than this GTI.
Which would I prefer? I'm not sure just yet. I think I would have to agree with Erin that this car would be even more impressive if it was optioned in a way that brought the price down significantly. Much of the overall goodness would remain, it just wouldn't have the fancy options. I've got a feeling I wouldn't miss that stuff very much.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor