|The 2007 MK5 GTI|
Although it already has 103,000 km on the odometer, it's rock solid well maintained 2.0 liter turbo engine and it's pristine clutch felt 100,000 kilometers younger. As I sat inside, I first noticed the Recaro seats which felt snug as a glove and provided the perfect amount of lower back support and shoulder support. The second feature to catch my eye was the squared off steering wheel. It's thick, perforated real leather feels and looks like it came straight out it's Italian cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. As I glanced over the standard volkswagen dials and buttons, I noticed the "ESP OFF" switch. I couldn't help the corners of my mouth raising in to an evil smile as I pressed the button three times: once to see what would happen, another time to sensibly turn ESP on again, and a third time to turn it back off as I decided life is too short for traction control.
|The GTI's snug seats provide|
excellent lumbar support
|A beautiful end to a perfect road test|
Practical enough to drive the kids to school in, and fast enough to leave you with wet trousers as you race home. An inconspicuous, unpretentious hot hatch, that you can justify to the wife, nice enough to have the valet open her door. The GTI makes sense. If only some SUV drivers would recognize the practicality and excitement of the GTI, we might actually be able to save the planet. If there was one car that could convince people of doing so, it would have to be the GTI. Das Perfect Auto.