by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 20, 2015
As you can see, we crossed the 20K-mile threshold in our 2015 Volkswagen GTI this month. It was an uneventful four weeks for our GTI given that it's not a diesel. That would make it a GTD. They actually exist, but are not offered in the States.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on October 8, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I had the key to our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and a hankering to go somewhere. My friends in Borrego Springs were away on vacation, and their place wasn't high on my list this time because the desert would offer no respite from the heat. I was looking for cooler surroundings, so I pointed our VW GTI north towards the mountains instead.
About three-quarters of my 430-mile route was given over to routine there-and-back-again highway miles. The remainder climbed up and over the southernmost spur of the Sierra Nevada on the sort of tight and twisty two-lane roads the GTI was bred for.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 10, 2015
I try not to be one of those guys who (a) falls in love with a girl on the first date and (b) tells everyone within earshot how amazing the girl was. Those guys are saps.
I'm now officially a sap. Because I had the most magical first date the other night. Sure, she was a bit older, but at my age I can't be too picky anymore. Plus, she was friendly, easy to get to know, and made the most incredible sounds.
Whoa, slow down there. Get your mind out of the gutter. You thought I was talking about a girl of the human variety, didn't you? Nope, I'm talking about our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. I just drove her for the first time. And it was good. Real good.
There was a girl of human form along, too, but that's a relatively unimportant point compared to driving the old Vette.
By Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 18, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is supposed to be a fun car. This is why I find it strange that it routinely tells its driver to stop doing fun things.
The anti-fun messages are disguised as "Eco tips," and when given, they arrive with a chime and take up most of the center digital display in the gauge cluster.
Scott Oldham already wrote about the "Do not activate the gas pedal when stationary" message. I've seen many others, "Close the windows/sunroof when moving," "Use 'D' shift position [instead of Sport]," and "Shift to a higher gear."
Here's what they really mean:
By Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 11, 2015
We added another 1,400 or so miles to our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI in August. After a very busy July which saw the GTI traveling to Colorado and Arizona, August was mostly spent in routine daily duty hauling coolers and bicycles.
But the bottom line, the common denominator pulling every month of life with our GTI together, is that it always burns fuel. The only question is how much. This is the post every month where we answer that question.
August 26, 2015
We kept our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI busy in July. Brent drove it around central California for a week or so and it helped him make new friends. Travis used it for a celebratory Fourth of July run out to the Grand Canyon. Shortly after, Phil drove it out to the Rockies and back.
At the end of the month, we'd tallied more than 4,000 miles and 15 fill-ups. Travis managed the impressive feat of setting the best mpg and range records of the test thus far. During the Grand Canyon drive, the GTI legged out 480 miles and 38.5 mpg from a single tank. That kind of range obliterated the previous best of 376 miles.
August 2, 2015
If you use Interstate 40 most of the way, it's 502 miles from my home in Los Angeles to Grand Canyon Village in northern Arizona. I drove there in our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and with a bit of hypermiling I set two new fuel economy records along the way. Hypermiling can be a bit boring though, so I took plenty of photos along the way to keep things interesting.
July 19, 2015
My plan for the 4th of July weekend was simple: Pick a destination about 500 miles from home, drive there, stay the night and come home. My holiday celebration would be a road trip rather than watching the same fireworks show I'd seen 100 times. So I asked Edmunds car-czar Mike Schmidt what vehicles in our fleet needed miles and he swiftly pointed me towards our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
I hadn't spent much quality time with the little red Volkswagen and this would be a perfect opportunity for some one-on-one time. I flipped a coin to decide between Northern California and the Grand Canyon and the coin came up tails. So I packed my bags and headed for the big crack in the desert.
July 13, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is still shy of its EPA combined rating of 28 mpg, but this month it climbed one-tenth of a mpg closer. After receiving its 10,000-mile service, and a new battery for its key fob, the GTI spent the month of June quietly logging miles.
We added 1,481 of them this month, consuming 61.1 gallons of gas in the process, and upping the GTI's lifetime average to 26.4 mpg.
June 16, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI continues its incremental climb toward the EPA combined rating of 28 mpg, adding 0.2 mpg to its lifetime average during the month of May. Although 26.3 mpg over nearly 11,000 miles of driving remains mildly disappointing, it's an easier pill to swallow when you take into account the GTI's invigorating acceleration.
May 19, 2015
Was it a debris strike? A half-assed vandalism attempt by a would-be tire slasher? How long has it been like that anyway?
There's no way to tell. The left rear tire is holding air and the pressure is correct, so the TPMS warning light hasn't been triggered. I only found it because the gash and the setting sun happened to converge in the right place, catching my eye as I walked from the hatch to the driver's door of our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
May 14, 2015
After road trips to popular desert destinations like Borrego Springs, California, and Joshua Tree National Park, at the very end of March, our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI spent most of April in heavy traffic.
In the midst of those 656 miles, we achieved a new low water mark in fuel economy: 15.2 mpg. The rest of our travels netted better numbers though, so the GTI's lifetime average crept up 0.1 mpg to 26.1.
April 20, 2015
As an avid left-foot braker and habitual jack rabbit starter, I first want to apologize for my actions. Surely they have an adverse effect on a vehicle's fuel mileage.
April 16, 2015
At 4:00 am I found myself wide awake for no apparent reason. I tried to will myself back to sleep, but it was no use. So I fumbled around in the dark and grabbed the keys to our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI from the nightstand.
A couple of minutes later I was backing out of the driveway with coffee and donuts in mind.
I should have known it was far too early for my usual spot to be open, so I got back on the empty freeway and continued east. I glanced down at the GTI’s fuel gauge: full tank.
With no particular destination in mind, I called up a favorite podcast and sent it out through the VW’s speakers via Bluetooth connection and settled in.
April 13, 2015
March was a record-breaking month for our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Dan Edmunds hit a new best range on a single tank of gas, with the GTI miserly sipping 91 octane for 376.5 miles. Then videographer Rich borrowed the Volkswagen for a highway-heavy road trip and achieved 34.5 mpg, the best fill MPG so far. The trips constituted the bulk of the 1,620 miles traveled in March, good enough to increase its overall fuel economy from 26.0 to 26.2 mpg.
March 4, 2015
The staff piled on about 1,200 miles during the shortest month of the year, and the running fuel economy average for our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI ticked up wee-bit from 25.8 to 26.0 mpg. At this rate, it looks doubtful we will ever achieve the EPA's estimated 28 mpg combined unless the car goes on several more highway-intensive road trips.
February 4, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback has been with us for three and a half months, during which time it has accumulated 6,083 miles.
This month 1,819 miles were added, the most so far by a thin margin. January's average fuel economy works out to 26.4 mpg, which is a welcome bump over the three previous reporting periods: 25.6, 25.7 and 25.3 mpg. It was enough to raise the GTI's overall average to 25.8 mpg.
That's directionally encouraging, but the GTI is still coming up short of its 28 mpg EPA combined rating. Maybe things will pick up as it accumulates more road trip miles.
January 28, 2015
I've been the designated reporter to cover the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for the past three years. I took a plane the first time, caught a ride the second time and this year I drove.
I didn't get a good first impression of our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI the first time I drove it, so I figured I'd take it on this trip to give it a second chance.
The last GTI I drove was a former long-term car and I remember really liking it. But it was a manual and that was about four years ago. I should note that I may be biased toward that sixth generation Golf, since I have a TDI of the same vintage. So maybe it's me looking back with rose-colored goggles on the last GTI, or maybe it's me being so familiar with that Golf that I regard any change as bad.
January 7, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI was driven more than 1,500 miles in the month of December. It made seven trips to the gas station, with one of those fills being the lowest mpg to date.
December 4, 2014
If the first month and a half is any indication, we should have no issue reaching the 20,000-mile mark in a year. Since we received the GTI in mid-October, we've already racked-up over 2,700 miles.
November 17, 2014
Recently, our 2015 Volkswagen GTI passed its engine break-in period and was then ready for its first instrumented track test. As part of our pre-test protocol, we check and set tire pressures to the manufacturer's recommended values printed on the vehicle's doorpost sticker. When we first put the gauge on the GTI's cold tires, however, each one read 33 psi, or 4 psi lower than what the doorpost recommends.
Read on to see what we did...
November 4, 2014
And so, it has begun, our year-long evaluation of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI. We've already put about a thousand miles on the Volkswagen hatchback, and the initial impression is very positive. The fuel economy, however, has been less than ideal. Perhaps the little hot hatch is truly back (this time), and people are driving it the way the original GTI was introduced to us, thirty (!) years ago...