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Company Car: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI long-term review three

Long drives are as Australian as getting sunburnt while playing beach cricket. But how do the Germans fare at the old long-slog? I headed from Melbourne to Sydney in the CarAdvice Volkswagen Golf GTI to find out.

Maintaining its initial 8.5/10  rating through, it seems that, business-wide, we’re liking our – a good thing too, because we’ve been talking them up for a while now.

So, when  and tasked me with getting the CarAdvice-branded Golf GTI up from Melbourne to, it seemed only fair that I pen some words about how the GTI handles longer journeys (with some others chipping in too).

The plan was to leave on the Monday, spend one day driving up, and have the Golf ready to hit the track at Sydney Motorsport Park for some lap testing on the Tuesday – a compressed but fun brief if ever there was one.

As recommended ahead of any long stint, before hitting Melbourne’s M1, I hit up the local ‘servo’ (or ‘Tankstelle’ in our’s native tongue) to brim the tank and check/inflate the tyres.

With a target of around 870km, some track work planned, and additional load on board (gear, not lunch), I set all four 18-inch, 225mm-wide, 40-aspect Bridgestone Potenza tyres to 40psi.

The route, for those who have never done it, could not be simpler: M1 to M2 to M80 to the M31/Hume Highway all the way past Seymour, Wangaratta, Albury-Wodonga, Gundagai, Yass, and Goulburn.

Easy, solid, and comfortable long-distance cruiser Top-notch seats and up-front comfort Engine and gearbox both positive and fuss-free over more than 870km of highway driving
Space and practicality for more than two passengers a potential weak point Choppy, poorer-quality and coarse-chip roads can challenge ride and cabin ambience $1500 Driver Assistance Package is optional and doesn’t include lane-departure warning or lane-keep assist (which would be great)

Long drives are as Australian as getting sunburnt while playing beach cricket. But how do the Germans fare at the old long-slog? I headed from Melbourne to Sydney in the CarAdvice Volkswagen Golf GTI to find out.

Maintaining its initial 8.5/10rating through, it seems that, business-wide, we’re liking our – a good thing too, because we’ve been talking them up for a while now.

So, when and  tasked me with getting the CarAdvice-branded Golf GTI up from Melbourne to at , it seemed only fair that I pen some words about how the GTI handles longer journeys (with some others chipping in too).

The plan was to leave on the Monday, spend one day driving up, and have the Golf ready to hit the track at Sydney Motorsport Park for some lap testing on the Tuesday – a compressed but fun brief if ever there was one.

As recommended ahead of any long stint, before hitting Melbourne’s M1, I hit up the local ‘servo’ (or ‘Tankstelle’ in our’s native tongue) to brim the tank and check/inflate the tyres.

With a target of around 870km, some track work planned, and additional load on board (gear, not lunch), I set all four 18-inch, 225mm-wide, 40-aspect Bridgestone Potenza tyres to 40psi.

The route, for those who have never done it, could not be simpler: M1 to M2 to M80 to the M31/Hume Highway all the way past Seymour, Wangaratta, Albury-Wodonga, Gundagai, Yass, and Goulburn.

With speed limits starting at 80km/h and increasing to 100 and 110km/h, the near-900km drive is the perfect way to ‘test out’ our Golf GTI’s adaptive cruise control.

Part of a $1500 optional ‘Driver Assistance Package’ which also includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring, semi-automatic parking, rear cross-traffic alert, and selectable driving modes, over the whole drive, the adaptive cruise control system works really well.

Smoothly reducing the car’s speed when cars ahead are detected, the system allows the driver to choose the distance (or range) to the car in front. Excellent and easy to use, although you do have to reset it every time you restart the car – after every wee-break for example (if you don’t leave the car on, that is).

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Standard features

  • Dual Front Airbag Package
  • Anti-lock Braking
  • Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
  • 17 Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Brake Assist
  • Cruise Control
  • Central Locking Remote Control
  • Dusk Sensing Headlights
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Fog Lights – Front
  • Head Airbags
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Multi Function Steering Wheel
  • Parking Distance Control Rear
  • Power front seats
  • Power Mirrors With Indicators
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Radio CD with 10 Speakers
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Seatbelts – Pre-tensioners Front Seats

Specifications

Price: $200000

Kilometers: 216000

Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive

Transmission: Automatic

Seller Type: Dealer used

Colour: black

Fuel Type: Petrol - Unleaded

Air Conditioning: Yes

Stock Number: 435355

Body Type: Sedan

Registration Number: 6768678

VIN: 568

Seller Licence: 34343

Components: Popular

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