|The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI.|
And then came the Volkswagen GTI.
|1984 Volkswagen GTI print ad.|
Fast-forward 33 years.
|2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI.|
And despite the greater mass, fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24 city/32 highway.
Now known as the Golf GTI, the S model which we drove makes the sport suspension standard. Base price is $26,695, which translates to $11,549.96 in 1984 money. And there is far more than $3,200 in added improvements. The performance cited above, for starters. And literally dozens of things that either woul have cost extra 33 years ago or simply had not been invented yet.
|2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI interior.|
Again, all standard for the base price of $26,695.
The best part? It is a ball to drive. That combination of power and control, acceleration and handling, wrapped up in a Germanically solid structure---never mind that it's built in Mexico---it's difficult to describe unless you've been there. Although Volkswagen itself coined a word for it in the early 90s:
|Early 1990s Volkswagen print ad.|