Five colors and attitude to spare. Its lines evoke a spirit of power and quality that is seldom seen in a playful four-door. Volkswagen has had a long history of building good looking cars that outperform many much more expensive cars, and this iteration of the GTI is no exception. With a listed 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds, and a top speed of one hundred and thirty miles per hour, this car is not only good looking, but impressively built.
Essentially a Rabbit, inasmuch as a wolf can be called a sheep, The GTI four-door sports a host of go fast goodies to compliment the GTI MkV’s 200-horsepower four cylinder engine, and specially appointed to the four-door Volkswagen GTI MkV are a Leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, leather shifter, Alloy wheels, Power windows and locks, Multi-function trip computer with compass and outside temperature display, and a 10-speaker AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-CD changer, 17″ Denver alloy wheels with summer performance tires, tire pressure monitoring system, ABS, ESP, Rear spoiler, sport seats, 6-speed manual transmission, and four corner sport-tuned suspension. Oh, yea, you also get a speed sensitive steering wheel, too.
Driving the Volkswagen GTI is more like piloting a family rocket ship than taking the work car to the grocery store. Mundane driving tasks take on a new dimension of joy as you spend time looking not for the fastest way to get to a place, but instead to seek out those roads far less traveled, where meandering curves excite and stimulate the senses as a blur of gears brings you closer to the way you felt when you first slid behind the wheel of your first car. Unbridled joy coupled with the excitement of what the road holds in store, and a watchful eye out for speed traps.
The Volkswagen GTI MkV 4-door is an impressively equipped vehicle at its MSRP of $23,230, but a few minutes on Volkswagen’s website will leave you adding this and that to your future ride, customizing it with such amenities as heated, partial leather seats, heated washer nozzles, power sunroof, and an array of wheel options. Be cautious; however, as you’re playing with the options can quickly send the MSRP skyrocketing into the mid thirty thousand dollar range.
While this particular sports car may not be quite suited for your teenage daughter, you can take comfort in the knowledge that she’ll be much safer driving around in her grandmother’s hand-me-down while you take your chances in a sporty, quick, and fun to drive car such as this.