by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 28, 2015
That's a 75-gallon cooler in the back of our 2015 Volkwagen GTI. That's a big cooler for a small car like the GTI. I had to set aside the cargo cover to get it in there and even that wasn't quite enough.
August 21, 2015
A few times while driving our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, I've wondered if it's a car on which I'd spend my hard-earned cheddar. At $31,515 as spec'd, this hot hatch isn't exactly cheap and I've wondered if I could instead bite the bullet, stretch for another $10K, and get into an A3 like ours.
By its body style and badge, the A3 seems like the car for grown-ups. Though it's the baby A4, the Audi for Beginners, you still won't feel sheepish — nor will your date — when you roll up to the hotel valet for a spring wedding. People with real money might scoff privately, but they can pound sand.
The nice thing about an entry-level Audi is that it says you might be thinking S6 eventually, but you're smart enough to stay within the lines now. It can also say that you too have plenty of dough and have simply decided you don't need a larger or faster sedan.
Then there's the GTI.
June 19, 2015
I recently needed to haul away a large collection of broken-down cardboard boxes that had been building up at my house. It was a perfect job for Edmunds.com's long-term 2015 Volkswagen GTI. I just lowered the rear seats, no need for headrest removal or other shenanigans. You just squeeze a release button, the seatbacks plop right down, and you have a suddenly-roomy cargo area ready to be filled with cardboard.
May 7, 2015
One thing I always liked about our last long-term GTI, the MkVI 2010 Volkswagen GTI, and the 2011 GTI my family subsequently leased, was the double hand-hold on the inside of the hatch gate. Whether you were right- or left-handed, it was easy to get hold of the overhead gate and close it.
Our seventh-generation long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI also has this feature, but the cutouts in the plastic aren't as deep, so the hatch isn't as easy to grab.
January 23, 2015
One of my best friends recently bought his first house, and I offered a bit of extra muscle to move his considerable amount of stuff to the new place. Muscle being a euphemism, as lifting anything heavier than an empty hamster cage triggers a medically alarming amount of perspiration and ends with my damaged body crumpled in the fetal position with a slipped disc. I had the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI that weekend, and it doesn't exactly have enough storage space to move an entire apartment. However, I was still able to take boxes and assorted items with the rear seats folded.
January 19, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a roomy cargo area. With the rear seats folded, it has 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than our long-term Mazda 3 hatchback (47.1 cu.ft.) or the Ford Focus ST (44.8 cu.ft). Smaller hot hatches like the four-door Mini Cooper S (40.7 cu.ft.) and the 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS (35.9 cu.ft.) have even less. The interior measurements aren't the only reason the GTI is a better candidate for cargo duty, though.
January 12, 2015
Christmas arrived in the form of a 60-lb, big-as-a-house photo printer from B&H Photo and Video in NYC. It presented the perfect opportunity to test the cargo-hauling capabilities of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The seats flipped down easily and the cargo cover/shelf was simple to unsnap. Load height was perfect, too. And there was some room to spare on the side and front.