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Ride height looks higher too.

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True enough -- saw the below on another site earlier that explained why it's "jacked up":

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There are key differences between Euro NCAP and NHTSA NCAP side-impact tests which are why the US-spec Golfs and GTIs have different ride heights than European models.

In the Euro NCAP test, the vehicle is struck in its exact middle by a 950kg (2,100lb.) trolley, moving at 30mph in a path directly perpendicular to the vehicle. The height of the trolley is set to reasonably approximate the height the the average European vehicle, which is generally going to be a car or a sloped-nose van like the Ford Transit or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

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In the United States' NHTSA NCAP tests, two vehicles - one for front-seat impacts and rear-seat impacts - are struck by a 3,100lb. (1,360kg) trolley moving at 38mph, and the trolley is "crabwalked" into the car at about a 30-degree angle. The height of the trolley is set to reasonably approximate the height of the average vehicle on American roads and, since light trucks made up nearly half of all vehicles sold last year, the American trolley is higher.

What this means is that in order for the crash structure of the Golf/GTI - that is, the reinforced door sills, side-impact anti-intrusion beams, strengthened upper window sill, and side/curtain airbags - to work properly, the height of the car had to be raised slightly to coincide with the increased height of the crash trolley.

This is not to say that a GTI dropped 1.5" is a death trap, but Volkswagen knows that a lower crash score will result in far more lost sales than a higher ride height.

It's not a conspiracy to screw American consumers.

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If ye think your being ripped off.. come to Ireland and see what we pay! Ireland is one of the cheapest countries to buy cars in Europe, just as long as you are not Irish! The revenue pockets a huge chunk of every car being sold.

Then there are the stealth taxes once you start driving...

But you just still gotta have one.

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