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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volkswagen GTi: Track Tested - Updated

May 07, 2010


(Photo by Scott Jacobs)

Love the new GTI and its grown-up ride and build quality? Hate the 2010 GTI because it got boring and soft and started yelling at kids to get off its lawn? Either way, we tested it and you want to read about it!

0-60? Yes!

Slalom? You betcha!

Skidpad? Wouldn't miss it for the world....

Hit the jump and see some numbers!

*please note that there has been a correction made to the slalom number on the following page.*

Vehicle: 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Odometer: 2,103

Date: 03/23/2010

Driver: Josh Jacquot

Price: $25,454


Drive Type: Front-wheel drive

Transmission Type: Six-speed manual

Engine Type: Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4

Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,984cc (121 cu-in)

Redline (rpm): 6,200

Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 200 @ 5,100

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 207 @ 1,800

Brake Type (front): 12.3-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Brake Type (rear): 11.3-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Steering System: Electric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering

Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Tire Size (front): 225/40R18 92H

Tire Size (rear): 225/40R18 92H

Tire Brand: Dunlop

Tire Model: Sp Sport 01

Tire Type: All season

Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast Aluminum

As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,097

Test Results:

0 - 30 (sec): 2.8

0 - 45 (sec): 4.7

0 - 60 (sec): 7.0

0 - 75 (sec): 9.7

1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.0 @ 95.2

0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.6

30 - 0 (ft): 34

60 - 0 (ft): 130

Braking Rating: Average

Slalom (mph): 65.5 (traction 'off') 64.1 (trac on)

Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.87

Handling Rating: Poor

Acceleration Comments: There doesn't seem to be any "magic launch" to get this car off the line. Moderate wheelspin is quicker than bog-n-go.

Braking Comments: Some pedal jump-in, lots of stink but no fade.

Handling Comments:

Skidpad: Marginally receptive to lift throttle at limits, but always kept in check by stability control of course. Slalom: Why can't I disable stability control on this Sport Compact car? Silly. Just silly. And it does slalom speeds no favors.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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