2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: The Way I Would Have Ordered It
November 25, 2014
First off, let me say I seriously enjoy driving our new 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. What a stunningly good turbo four-cylinder engine, plus fun new handling manners.
But the way we ordered the car is not the way I would have gotten it.
If it were me, I would have stuck with the standard seats, even though that means doing without navigation and dual-zone climate control. I would do this not just because I'm cheap (although I am). Rather, it's because I love the plaid covering on the base seats, it's the classic way to go. Plus, they're great seats, and I prefer their material over leather.
I also would've stuck with the standard-issue six-speed manual transmission. In this case it has even less (basically nothing, in fact) to do with saving money. I would stick with the manual because the one in the GTI is absolutely fantastic, one of the best out there, with an easy-shifting action yet ultra-positive gates, plus a light clutch pedal for those of you weak-of-leg. And, yeah, doesn't exactly hurt that you get the way-cool golf-ball shifter knob with the manual.
Seriously though, if you're even close to being on the fence about getting the three-pedal setup in the GTI: Don't wuss out. Get it. Every time you go up and down through the gears, you'll be glad you did.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 2,216 miles