Talking Cars 337: Driving the 2022 Volkswagen GTI

We also weigh in on whether paddle shifters enhance or harm the driving experience

Main theme: In this show, we give our first impressions of the 2022 Volkswagen GTI. This hot hatchback has been a staff favorite for years, but does the redesigned model live up to its legacy? The sporty car segment has taken a hefty popularity hit over the years due to the public’s desire for SUVs and pickup trucks. We discuss whether the new GTI has the stuff to lure buyers back. And did VW make one crucial mistake with this new design?

Audience question:

  • Are paddle shifters potential safety hazards?
Talking Cars 337
"Talking Cars" panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Quincy, and Alex Knizek.

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.