Das Blog. : VW Golf / GTI makes Car and Driver "10Best" list

Dec 2, 2013


Car and Driver named the 2014 Volkswagen Golf and GTI as one of its “10Best Cars” for the new year in their January issue, praising the sixth-generation Golf as “an unlikely partnership of practicality and refinement.”

“What we have here, folks, is a winner with momentum,” Car and Driver editors wrote. “This is the eighth consecutive year that the VW Golf lineup, the lone GTI, or both have earned 10Best laurels. What Belushi and Aykroyd did for rumpled black suits, Volkswagen has done for hatchbacks.”

Car and Driver went on to describe even the entry-level four-door Golf automatic as “a piquant stew of near-flawless fundamentals” that can be purchased for under $21,000. The magazine said that the forthcoming seventh-generation Golf, which will be built in Mexico on the company’s MQB flexible platform, will provide “big toothsome bites of fun in a scary-good way.”

And the magazine praised the TDI clean-diesel, turbocharged engine, in its own inimitable way, as “the Earth Firster’s happy hummer, a torque weasel that will make you feel marginally less guilty about climate change.”

Car and Driver editors also lauded the “driver-focused GTI” as a “little comet [that] still defines the hot-hatch class it created way back in 1976” that “still begs to be booted around like a hacky sack.”


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