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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Arrival

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/27/2015 Rory Jurnecka, Motor Trend Staff

There's no question we're fans of Volkswagen's new 2015 Golf. After all, the Golf TSI won a compact hatchback Big Test shootout, undoing our previous segment fave, the Mazda3, in the process. It followed up that battle victory by also winning the war: The Golf is our 2015 Car of the Year. As is the case every year, that award goes to an entire model range, not a specific trim level, and the Golf's model range is larger than many others. With five different powertrains, five transmissions, three- and five-door configurations, and a wagon to come, the available permutations are exhausting.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image But even with several variants available, we didn't hesitate too much in choosing a GTI for our long-termer. Virtually all of us on staff like a small, sporty car, and the GTI tugs at our heartstrings the strongest.

Picking a GTI was the easy part. Optioning it was a little trickier. Tartan cloth seats or leather? Manual or DSG? Three doors or five? Wanting to sample as much tech as the car has to offer, we went for a five-door, DSG-equipped Autobahn package car in Tornado Red. With that top-spec trim, we get heated leather sport seats, navigation, a Fender audio system, a sunroof, keyless access, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual-zone climate control. On top of that, we snapped up both the Driver Assistance package (park distance control and forward collision warning) and the Lighting package (adaptive bi-xenon headlights). All told, the total on the Monroney was $33,205 for a compact car with enough options to rival an S-Class from not that long ago. Here's to progress. Tornado Red must be one of the best colors for the GTI. It really helps it stand out.© Provided by MotorTrend Tornado Red must be one of the best colors for the GTI. It really helps it stand out.

2015 Volkswagen GTI
BASE PRICE $25,815
PRICE AS TESTED $33,205
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
ENGINE 2.0L/210-hp/258-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION 6-speed twin-clutch auto.
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,159 lb (61/39%)
WHEELBASE 103.6 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 168.0 x 70.8 x 56.8 in
0-60 MPH 6.1 sec
QUARTER MILE 14.7 sec @ 96.9 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 105 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.7 sec @ 0.84 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 25/33/28 mpg
FUEL ECON 135/102 kW-hrs/100 miles
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 0.69 lb/mile

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