The new toy. This is a 2013 GTI with the “Sunroof and Nav” package, 6-Speed DSG auto transmission with Tiptronic, 4-door, Interlagos cloth interior in…Deep Brilliant Black…of course. This car was not randomly chosen. I specifically wanted this configuration.
For me, this is all the daily driver that I need. Actually the “Sunroof and Nav” package is more than I need but I had to upgrade to the higher optioned model to get what I really-really-really wanted which was those damn sexy headlights. This model comes with the Xenon headlamps with AFS (adaptive front lighting system – self level and turn with the wheel) and LED DRL (daytime running lights). I can’t explain it but I see the stacked LEDs of the DRLs on the street…it’s just completely unique. So I had to have them and paid more but got the touchscreen nav/radio and sunroof which I am already appreciating.
And the color…I was pretty much set on Black but two things caused me to hesitate 1. the GTI only comes in metallic black and 2. the Carbon Steel Grey is extremely nice. Also, CSG seems to be more common – at least in my neck of the woods. I wanted to see CSG again without going to the dealership so I went to the Target parking lot instead and sure enough saw a Driver’s Edition.
I wanted to own at least one black car in my lifetime. The “full-time” aspect of maintaing a black car does not bother. The daily drivers get hand-washed weekly and I’ve already done the white, silver and grey cars. In looking at the car…black was the right choice, for me, by a long shot.
Also, the cloth plaid interior was a no-braniner for me for its all-weather comfort and tribute to the early GTIs. It reminds me the houndstooth interiors of the old Porsches…just something unique and associated with the model.
The above is a reference to the cosmetics because I feel that mechanically I am already familiar with the car since it shares the same 2.0 Turbo engine as our recently pre-owned 2008 Audi TT which is an absolute blast to drive – very similar but more “utilitarian”.
I do need to thank Nick McClintock, Sales Specialist, from Dorito Brothers VW of Walnut Creek. He was extremely outstanding to deal with throughout the process and absolutely delivered in the end. I would highly recommend him if you are in the market for a new VW – 510.909.6777.
I know that my wife and I are going to enjoy the car for many years to come!