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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Update 2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/9/2015 Rory Jurnecka, Motor Trend Staff

With the GTI having been in our fleet several months now, the new is slowly wearing off. The tires are starting to show a little bit of wear, the new car smell is starting to fade, and there's that dried droplet of coffee on the center console that I haven't wiped off yet. You get the idea.

That's not to say that I look forward to jumping in the GTI every morning any less. In fact, I can't think of another car in this segment that I'd rather be driving daily. Seems that some complete strangers feel the same way. It started at the local bicycle shop. I lucked out one day with a parking space right outside the shop's glass doors and walked inside to find an envious employee eyeing the car while stocking some gloves. It wasn't until I was buying a few things that he started asking me about the car. Does it have the DSG transmission? (Yes.) Performance pack? (No.) Etc, etc. "I loooove GTIs, man," he said. "If my brother didn't work for a BMW dealer, that's what I'd be driving."

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Similar story a couple weeks later at the grocery store, where a clerk began eyeing up the Tornado Red Vee Dub and asking questions. Then a month after that, I was at the ultra-swanky SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to drive the stunning Audi Prologue concept from the L.A. Auto Show. When I finished, the valet brought my GTI around so I could head back to the office. Giving me back the keys, he said, "This might sound strange, but I love your car." Really? Even with the Prologue sitting yards away? And with Porsches and Bentleys littering the driveway? My car is what you're in love with? "Yeah, these things are just perfect to me," he said. "I had a GTI for years. I'd love to have another one."

Lest anyone tell you the GTI is a pedestrian econobox, there you go.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI In other news, the car has been utterly reliable so far with only a few minor faults. A door hinge bolt loosened up after a few thousand miles, which caused an awful creaking noise when the door was being opened or closed. About two minutes identifying the problem and another minute with a wrench fixed the issue. Also, since I took delivery of the car, the steering wheel has been cocked ever so slightly to the left when the GTI is going straight ahead. It's a matter of a degree or two, but it's enough to be irritating. I'll have it looked at when I take the car in for its first service. The third issue is that every now and then — maybe a couple times a week — I'll get an alert on the info display in the instrument panel and on the nav display warning me that a car is traveling in the opposite direction of traffic on some random freeway. More often than not, the freeway is nowhere near where I currently am, and frankly, I can't believe that this many cars are going the wrong way down the I-10. Must be a software glitch. Another thing to have checked out.

Last but not least, Thule sent me a set of its Aeroblade roof rack systems with Rapid Traverse 480R feet and a couple of Thule Sprint 528 bicycle carriers to try out. The system was a breeze to install, taking just an hour or so with careful assembly. The design is also quite aerodynamic compared to other systems I've tried, this being evident in the noise (or lack thereof) that the system makes at highway speeds. The bike carriers are probably the best roof-mounted systems I've ever used, clamping at the fork and rear wheel and giving a secure hold in seconds. Removing the whole roof rack assembly altogether is a breeze, as well, taking no more than five minutes from start to finish.

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