After driving B5.5 Passats the past 10 years, and owning/driving a total of 8 VW/Audi cars over the last 30 years, I was looking for something a little more thrilling and upmarket for my daily driver. But after driving several Audi A5's and BMW 335's, I just couldn't rationalize spending twice the cost of the GLI for vehicles that are marginally better, but not nearly better enough to justify double the price. And as nice as the MKVII GTI is, I know from experience not to buy a VW product built during the first 2-3 years of a new model run. Enter the MkVI GLI. It is a relative bargain, is in the 5th year of the platform's production run, and it serves well as a commuter with an upscale interior and some nice tech bits. I can happily hoon it on occasion, and it leaves a smile on my face whether I'm mashing the throttle or looking at my long term fuel economy. Great all-rounder. Mods: Using VCDS, I've turned up the settings on the XDS differential and turned up the torque steering compensation capability built into the control module for the electric steering rack. Since I don't take this car to the track, these two "free" performance mods make the car all I need it to be for public road driving. Cornering under throttle is better controlled (I can even rotate it if I want) and torque steer under throttle is gone. A couple other nice free mods I've done via VCDS include activation of the foglights as cornering lights and the ability to open/close all windows and the moonroof via remote. Likely my only additional modification will be an APR Stage I ECU flash once I've got at least 10k miles on the clock.
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