The 2010 Volkswagen GTI is definitely turning heads this year. With a MSRP of $23,465 – $25,170 the 2010 Volkswagen GTI serves as a performance upgrade from the other VW model, the Golf. Designed to balance affordability with a powerful engine, the 2010 Volkswagen GTI has gained a much stronger reception than the previous year’s model, with critics praising the new aesthetic design on both the interior and exterior, and also nominating it for Car and Driver’s 10 Best in 2010.
With the 2010 Volkswagen GTI’s turbocharged four cylinder engine and smooth transmission, this vehicle carries high rankings in the performance department. 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque make this vehicle capable of hauling some serious ass, and with this power the 2010 Volkswagen GTI still has an EPA rating of 21 city, 31 high way on the standard manual transmission. The 2010 Volkswagen GTI also has an optional; automatic variant with a slightly better mpg of 24 city 32 highway. The handling is equally as impressive as this cars performance, offering a well designed and responsive handling system, keeping the GTI nimble yet gripped to the road, also benefiting from a new electronic differential system named XDS.
The 2010 Volkswagen GTI carries a new exterior body design than previous years, earning it high praise from critics, with a performance inspired design, as opposed to the prior “jellybean” body shape. The inside of the car has been deemed equally impressive, benefiting from an upscale design and little extras such as standard heated seats and touch screen interface. Comfortable fabric covered front seats and spacious rear seating for its class of vehicle guarantee a desirable ride, even the long ones. Although The 2010 Volkswagen GTI gets knocked slightly on the climate control dials, for difficulty in achieving a desired setting, and on the navigation system for lack of intuitiveness, the 2010 Volkswagen GTI still earns respect for a large bevy of interior options that come standard.
Earning 5 and 4 stars in various government safety tests, the 2010 Volkswagen GTI solidifies its worth as a excellent vehicle by maintain a series of feature to protect the driver. The list of standard safety features on the 2010 Volkswagen GTI are: Traction Control with an Electronic Stabilization program, Electronic Limited Slip, driver and front passenger side thorax airbags, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and a Hydraulic Brake Assistant with Rear passenger side thorax airbags available on the four door model for an extra $350. Overall this makes the 2010 Volkswagen GTI a top pick for anybody looking for an impressive small new car.