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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Update 4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/25/2015 Brian Vance, Motor Trend Staff

Check out this 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI long-term update to learn about cool 2015 GTI feataures, from cornering lights to an awesome noise made at 65 mph.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Update 4

I have a friend who resides in one of Los Angeles’ hilly neighborhoods, and she recently invited me over for Saturday night for dinner party. I hadn’t been to her house in a few years, and as I approached her narrow street off Laurel Canyon, I was reminded that navigating the residential streets of L.A.’s hills is far from easy, and even worse in the dark. Fortunately, the GTI comes equipped with cornering lights that illuminate the areas directly to the right and left of the car. On that evening, these lights spared the rims from a curb or two and possibly prevented a flat tire. All of which got me thinking about the copious cool details VW has baked into this car.

For instance, the rear hatch will open and unlock with the keyless fob, and assuming you don’t access any other door, the car gives a reassuring horn beep when you close the rear hatch to let you know that it’s still armed with the factory alarm. No need to reach in your pocket and hit lock on the fob.

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A neat trick that will make just about any enthusiast driver smile when they hear it: the sound that the turbo makes at 65 mph. Cruising at highway speeds, a light blipping of the throttle will produce a swoosh noise as the turbo goes on and off boost and the waste gate is jettisoning unused pressure. Lately I’ve been getting a kick out of bringing this unique sound to the attention of my passenger and repeating, “Isn’t that a cool noise?” over and over again.

Cleverly, VW minimized the number of buttons that surround the NAV screen by adding motion detection to the display. As your fingers/hands approach the screen, a set of digital buttons rise from the bottom. Take your hand away, and the buttons quickly drop out of view.

Tasteful red stitching keeps the black leather wrapped snuggly around the wheel. Similar accents of red are found throughout the GTI, including on the door trim, shifter boot, headlight housing, and grille insert.© Provided by MotorTrend Tasteful red stitching keeps the black leather wrapped snuggly around the wheel. Similar accents of red are found throughout the GTI, including on the door trim, shifter boot, headlight housing, and grille insert.

The GTI’s multi-function sport steering wheel features one of my favorite items in the car. On the left spoke, a plus/minus toggle allows for 5-mph incremental bumps in cruise control speed, and a separate up/down toggle allows for more traditional 1-mph bumps. Used in conjunction, I can easily tweak my set speed to accommodate traffic ahead.

But not all the details in this GTI are good ones. The side-view mirrors are too small. The surface area of the mirror is tiny, creating unwanted blind spots during lane changes. Easy to make the mirrors larger? Maybe. Would bigger mirrors look good on this car? Probably not.

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