First, I must tell you I had an inherent bias in favor of this car. See, back in '83, I owned one of the first-year GTI's, and spent more time grinning than I did at the Mel Brooks Film Festival. It w...
First, I must tell you I had an inherent bias in favor of this car. See, back in '83, I owned one of the first-year GTI's, and spent more time grinning than I did at the Mel Brooks Film Festival. It was incredible fun to drive... even though it was not massively powered. I was about due to get a new car, when I read some reviews about the 2007 GTI, saying they had recaptured, for the first time, the spirit of those magical '83's. And so, I decided to test drive one.
Oh. My. God.
This car is fast, fun, and absolutely responsive...and a rocket. With many cars these days, you have to plan your attack on traffic, waiting for the right moment to make a move. With the new GTI, you think it, and the sweet sensitive steering and enormously powerful engine have you where you thought about going. It is this instantaneous responsiveness that creates the driving magic. The car winds up feeling and acting like an extension of the driver, rather than a machine being operated by a driver. Then add in the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which lets you play formula one with the paddle shifters, or just leave it in drive. Finally, add in Sirius Satellite Radio and an integrated iPod connector, and you cam probably drive around the world without getting bored with the entertainment. (Of course if you did, you could just shut them both off and listen to the music coming from the engine bay.) And the seats are so comfortable, (I just went round trip form central Jersey to Boston this weekend) you could drive in them for that distance and not be siff or fatigued.
A few details.. the steering wheel is a gem. Leather wrapped with perfectly placed bulges to wrap your thumbs around. And, a feature I've long expected, but have seen here for the first time... power windows, with one-touch down and UP.
If driving is more than just a means of getting from point A to point B, if you really enjoy driving, this car is for you. But only take one for a test drive if you are ready to buy one, because if you aren't, you'll find yourself selling the kids to get one of these babies. I bought one, and I'm incredibly happy with it.