• Nov 11, 2009
2010 Volkswagen GTI - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's funny how publications have a personality. It shouldn't be funny, as obviously all publications have an editor and said editor has a collection of likes and dislikes, but we still find it amusing. Here's a for instance. This year, our pals over at Motor Trend went ahead and named the Subaru Outback their Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year. Besides the obvious issue (a jacked up station wagon counts as an SUV?), this selection makes perfect sense considering that in 2008, the Subaru Forester won the same award. Funny, huh?

Therefore, it should surprise no one that Automobile has named the 2010 Volkswagen GTI their Automobile of the Year. Why? Because they did the same thing back in 2007. Really? Yeah, man... really. Only this time, we're not sure how ha ha funny we find this selection. It's more funny odd. For one thing, the 2010 GTI really isn't all that different than the 2007 GTI. Same powerplant, same suspension, same hard points. All that's really new are some body panels and an electronic differential, the latter of which is suspect during sustained, high-speed back country driving.

All that said, the new GTI is a fine car – we said so ourselves a few months back. However, we just don't see it as COTY material. In fact, if we were to select a single car to shower praise down upon... we're not even sure where we'd start. Some of us (ahem) would no doubt push for the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 because for the money it just can't be beat (or for that matter, for twice the money). Still others would pick... the Ford Fusion Hybrid. So what do we know? Oh wait, two of us are on the Internet Car of the Year jury...



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      There are too many variables and segments etc to pin down a single COTY award for one car...there's just too much personal preference that goes into this

      there are those who despise the tiny GTI and others who obviously love it

      how about a TOTY and SCOTY award
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should have put "tiny" in quotations... I love the GTi, I had an MK2 in college which seems to get better in my memories as i age (if that makes sense). I will probably have to wait till the kids move out before i buy my R20
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chase

        Sure it is. It's just an example of an intelligently engineered car. The GTI is 15 shorter than the IS and 3 series (over 2 feet shorter than the CTS), has more head room front and rear, more leg room front and rear (than the 3 series and IS, on par about with the CTS), about the same shoulder room, and a shorter wheel base than any of the cars mentioned. It’s also taller taking the guess work out of that headroom.

        It’s quite simply a phenomenally packaged car, capable of swallowing 6’ passengers in the back with ease and considering your comments… it kind of begs the question of why the cars you mentioned can’t do more to provide better cabin proportions to occupants… and it’s not simply a height thing, the X6 of all cars has about equal interior space to the GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the GTI is "tiny," so are the 3 series, CTS, and IS. The GTI has similar cabin proportions. Its not a tiny car at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior has some very nice improvements over the last iteration as well. More standard features, better materials.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ford Fusion Hybrid? Really? That's someone's idea of COTY?

      I'm not sure I agree with the GTI either, but I can't really think of anything else. I wouldn't mind driving one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Buick Lacrosse should have won.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Personally I'd take the Mk VI GTI over the LaCrosse, but I have to agree. VW has improved an already-great car. The LaCrosse, however, is IMO the more important vehicle -- proof that GM can actually build a world-class car when its back is against the wall.

      C
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me it's under-powered, but I still admire its athletics. I think if I was in the segment to buy a hot-hatch I'd like this a lot for its handsome looks but I don't know if I could live with its powerplant. It's a fine car, but it needs a little more muscle.

      On the plus side, it's about the only hot-hatch that an older adult (30+) can drive around in and not look like they're trying entirely too hard to appear young again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @C
        You would be surprised at what a $600 ECU flash can get you in the HP/Torque department on a GTI. Check out APR's website sometime.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gawd, those wheels are FUGLY.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the Huffs (18" are called Detroits) still look good with the new design but the Golf R Talledega wheels are certainly sweet OEM wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I must be weird then, because I love them. At first I wasn't crazy about them, but they definitely grew on me pretty quickly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I prefer the spoked 17" GTI/GLI rims
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure why dave's getting voted down, having slapped huf's on a plat gray jetta 2.0T (chipped of course) I whole heartily agree. They simply don't jive with the new, more angular body style.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I had a dime for every time I've seen that comment here....

        Apparently the customers must disagree because it's the same wheels used on the last GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll keep saying it everytime I see that pic.

        They are ugly....I don't care if 2 people think they look good. The reality is, they are FUGLY.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I must be weird then, because I love them. At first I wasn't crazy about them, but they definitely grew on me pretty quickly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regarding the Outback and Forester, I'd argue those are 10 times more SUV than something like the glorified minivans such as the Explorer or Hummer. Around here, pretty much most people who camp or hike owns a Subaru.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wait wait, don't tell me ... you're either from Vermont or Washington
        • 5 Years Ago
        Washington
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although my next car is going to be the GTI, the COTY award is most definitely biased.
      Where is democracy when you need it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES! Good job yet again VW!

      And I'll take two please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure what they base COTY on
        but by the numbers VW is doing very well...
        sales are pretty strong.

        they've kept on top of the hot hatch segment
        as many imitators have come along.
        The GTI is a fun drive with great useable space
        for everyday use. The diesel golf.... is a pretty great thing for the
        green folks but I'm not sure if that factors into
        the GTI winning COTY.

        Are there people out there that don't like the car?
        maybe COTY is figured out by what you don't like
        and I can't think of much not to like about the GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, agreed. Very worthy coty. Don't know about these harsh comments by the editor here at autoblog, but overall the MK VI Golf is _much_ improved compared to the MK V, so is the GTI (interior layout and quality, ride, nice new options, etc.).

        Currently I drive a 2007 BMW 5-series but I'm seriously considering the new MK VI GTI as my next car - because it's so good (I've driven one for half an hour). The BMW is the better car - no doubt - but the GTI is more fun overall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought of VW like my old air cooled bug from back in the 60's, until I drove one of the new ones, VW makes some nice cars now, fast and well equipped, I bought one. I love it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a VW fan but they are indeed doing well and have the best hatch -- this is the only hatch that beside the great performance that she offers, she will also has the best fashion design ( interior and exterior ).

        Great job VW''''''''

        I love JDM but If I change It will be this one''''
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Axel....I have some news for ya....there is no way your 5-Series is a better car. NOT EVEN CLOSE. The BMW 5 Series that you are driving is, by far, BMW's least reliable car and one of the most unreliable cars produced in 2007....right along side VW's Touareg. Seriously....everyone knows this!!!

        Although, I do give you credit for wanting out of it in favor of the GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris: had no single issue with the 5 series so far, absolutely zero.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a competition that takes into account the entire gamut of new cars, it's difficult to pin down one specific benefit in a car and base the decision on that. That's why the GTI won, it's the best 'all-rounder'. Although the new MazdaSpeed3 seems to be nipping at its heels for awards, as it is much more visceral and aggressive, and if it weren't for the ugly mug it would be my preference.
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