Volkswagen's hot hatch, the GTI, is a tuned up version of the Golf. For 2010, Volkswagen improved the handling, gave it new bodywork, and upgraded the cabin tech, but left the drivetrain alone.
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New exterior styling gives the Volkswagen GTI a wider look from the front. In fact, this new design language will find its way to other Volkswagen models.
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The turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine in the GTI makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. There is some turbo lag, but it is quickly overpowered.
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Volkswagen smoothed out the sides of the GTI, and offers it in coupe and sedan form.
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The brakes aren't branded, but they are beefier than what you would find on a typical Volkswagen model.
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Antiroll bars help control body lean, while an electronic limited slip differential keeps the front wheels gripping in the corners.
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Volkswagen offers an Autobahn package for the GTI, which brings in leather seats. The metal sport pedals are standard.
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The steering wheel has a flat bottom and a metal GTI badge in the bottom spoke.
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This car is equipped with the DSG, an automated manual transmission that shifts very quickly. A six-speed manual transmission is also available.
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The navigation system's maps are stored on a hard drive. There are four map views to choose from: 2D, 3D, topographic, and traffic.
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In a trick taken from Audi, the instrument cluster display shows navigation and audio information.
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The car's navigation hard drive has 20 gigabytes of storage reserved for music. You can copy MP3 files from CDs and SD cards.
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The optional Dynaudio audio system includes a 300-watt amp, and should produce strong, clear sound.
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The disc player also reads DVDs, showing movies on the car's LCD when it is parked.
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Even if the navigation system isn't present, the GTI still gets an LCD touch screen for controlling the audio system.
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