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Long Term

Air Conditioning Woes Kick Off A Summer Of Unpleasant Sounds

The long-term 2015 Volkswagen GTI has been with us for six months. We're mostly very happy. But a few annoying problems have indeed tarnished our otherwise pleasant 10,000 miles of testing.

Long Term

As Winter Turns To Spring, Our GTI Love Grows Stronger

We check in with our Carbon Steel 2015 Volkswagen GTI after its first two-and-a-half months in the Autoblog long-term test fleet.

Long Term

One Year Of Finding Beauty In Simplicity With Our Favorite Hot Hatch

Autoblog has added a 2015 Volkswagen GTI to its long-term test fleet, in four-door S spec, with a six-speed manual transmission. We chose the base model for a good reason – read why we went light on the options for our latest long-termer.

First Drive

Dear Old Friend Reinvents Itself, And Its Segment, Yet Again

The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle.

First Drive

The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels

Quick Spin

We're something of a broken record on Volkswagen's TDI family of diesels – torquey and efficient, they're really well-suited to the way Americans drive. We put that sentiment to a year-long test with a Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition not long ago, and enjoyed our time in what was basically an oil-burning GTI with a trunk. That is, until an unsolved catastrophic engine failure saw VW yank it away after just eight months. They subsequently replaced our Cup Street with a bog-standard Jetta TDI (

2010 Volkswagen GTI – click above for high-res image gallery