2010 VW GTI: The Road to Laguna Seca
July 29, 2010
As I've previously mentioned, I took our long-term 2010 VW GTI to San Francisco and Laguna Seca last weekend for the MotoGP race. Our GTI is the only really small car in our long-term fleet that I would care to drive to SF. I covered 1200 mostly highway miles in 6th with the A/C on about half the time. I got 27.6 mpg overall on the required 91 Premium. Not bad.
The GTI has an excellent ride/handling balance, and perhaps the best ride I can think of in a subcompact car: no wallow, excellent impact damping, no harshness at all. And the handling is decent, but not as sharp of course as, say, an STI.
The steering is great too: good feel build-up, pretty accurate, and no dead spots. I think only once did I get a hint of torque steer during a quick start; otherwise, nothing. The engine power is OK and I was able to pull most grades in 6th.
It's relatively quiet for a small car, but I did experience some hellacious wind noise from the driver's window when some gale force winds kicked up. The noise died along with the wind.
However, the lack of storage space and only a single 12V outlet in the front area are annoying.
Would I buy this car myself? Perhaps. I'd certainly recommend it.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 10,200 miles (Hit the jump for some MotoGP video.)