Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Last week I bought my wife a new car. Her older car (a 2004 MINI Cooper S) was starting to be unreliable and I hate that in a car (or anything else). So we sold the MINI (amazingly fast) and I bought my wife a 2017 VW Golf GTI.

Now if you know cars and you read this blog, you might wonder why I bought a Golf when it is on the same platform at the Audi A3 I hated so much. Well, two reasons. One: the platform works much better on the Golf, and the Golf GTI doesn't have the same awful engine that the A3 had. I looked this up. The base A3 has a 1.8L engine. The base Golf has the same engine. The optional bigger engine for the A3 (that comes with Quattro all-wheel-drive) is the turbocharged 2.0L engine that is also in the Golf GTI. (And the more powerful S3 will have the same engine as the more powerful Golf R.)

So if you buy an Audi A3, get the bigger engine unless you like your engine to sound like a concrete mixer.

I drove my wife's GTI and was impressed with its power and handling. I put it in "sport" mode and floored the gas. The driven front tires chirped at both start and the shift to second gear (it has an automatic transmission). This is a fun-to-drive car.

I'm hoping to keep this car about ten years. By then every new car will probably be autonomous and all driving fun will be gone.

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