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2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI likes and dislikes

After nearly three weeks in my possession, here’s a quick list of what I like and don’t like about the 2011 Volkswagen GTI I leased.

• Low-end torque (peak torque is available at 1,800 RPM) – much better than the low-end torque of the EJ205 2.0-liter flat-4
• Smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission
• Suspension tuning suits my daily driving style well
• Nicely weighted steering – a pleasant surprise for an electromechanical unit
• 26-27 observed miles per gallon
• Sport bucket driver seat fits me as well as the WRX’s sport bucket seat
• Standard integrated Bluetooth – sure beats using my Garmin nüvi 680 as a speakerphone
• Hatchback practicality and easy operation – especially when closing
• Sixth-generation Golf styling
• Build quality and materials seem to be good
• Excellent visibility
• MFI (multi-function information) on-board computer is easy-to-use and provides useful information

• Pedal placement is not ideal for heel-and-toe downshifting unless I’m braking moderately hard – the WRX’s pedal placement is *way* better (note: I’m a “twist” blipper, not a “side-to-side” blipper)
• 18-inch Detroit wheels shod with P225/40R18 Pirelli P Zero Nero All-Season tires – we’ll see how long I can manage keeping the wheels rash-free (I’ve been close already); I would prefer a 235mm-wide tire, or better yet, 17-inch wheels with 45-series tires for a less harsh ride…summer tires would be nice, too
• Road feel transmitted through the steering could be better
• Red brake calipers – sliding calipers and drum brakes should *never* be painted in my opinion…it’d be nice if the rear brake discs were vented, too
• Limited center console storage and small sunglasses compartment – I can fit a *lot* more in the GDA WRX’s center console and armrest extension
• Horn honk every time the security system is armed (I know this probably can be disabled with VAG-COM)
• Gear ratios are closer than I would personally like – I’m shifting very often and the engine turns 3K RPM in 6th at 75 mph, which is the same as the WRX’s engine speed at 75 mph in 5th
• HID headlights were a standalone option for MY2010, but not MY2011 (one would have to get the Sunroof and Navigation trim or Autobahn trim to get them)
• Rear seats are too smooth/flat to retain stuff I put on them well

Amadeus! Amadeus!

Did you know the Volkswagen GTI was the vehicle the designers of the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX had in mind when creating the new vehicle?

For those wondering, the song in the video is “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco.