2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Arrival
Our 2015 COTY Begins a Year-Long Stay
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.
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.
|2015 Volkswagen GTI|
|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%)|
|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|