|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA//Observed||Source|
2018 Volkswagen GTI
|Autobahn 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 100 mph||25/33/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Autobahn 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 98.4 mph||24/32/27.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Autobahn 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.2 sec||14.7 sec @ 98.6 mph||25/33/33.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.3 sec @ 100 mph||25/33/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2017 Volkswagen GTI
|Sport 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.9 sec||14.6 sec @ 100 mph||24/34/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
2015 Volkswagen GTI
|5-door Hatchback (Euro Spec)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.6 sec||14.2 sec @ 100 mph||25/34/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Autobahn 5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96.9 mph||25/33/28.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Autobahn 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||5.6 sec||14.3 sec @ 100 mph||25/33//27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|S 3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.9 sec||14.5 sec @ 98.3 mph||25/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|S 3-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.1 sec||14.6 sec @ 99.7 mph||25/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|S 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.4 sec @ 100 mph||25/34/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|S 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.1 sec||14.6 sec @ 100 mph||25/34/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
|S 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||5.9 sec||14.5 sec @ 97.9 mph||25/33/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|S 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.2 sec @ 99.9 mph||25/34/26 mpg||Motor Trend|
|S 5-door Hatchback (Performance Pack)||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.4 sec @ 98.7 mph||25/34/30 mpg||Road & Track|
2012 Volkswagen GTI
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.4 sec||14.8 sec @ 96 mph||21/31/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 95.8 mph||24/33/20.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 94.4 mph||21/31/22.7 mpg||Road & Track|
2010 Volkswagen GTI
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96 mph||24/32/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||5.8 sec||14.5 sec @ 96.7 mph||24/32/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.5 sec||14.9 sec @ 101 mph||21/31/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.6 sec @ 96.9 mph||24/32/25 mpg||Road & Track|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 96 mph||21/31/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 97.1 mph||24/32/21 mpg||Motor Trend|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.6 sec||14.9 sec @ 96.2 mph||21/31/25 mpg||Road & Track|
2009 Volkswagen GTI
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96 mph||22/29/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 94.9 mph||22/29/18.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2007 Volkswagen GTI
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 94.2 mph||22/29/27.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.2 sec||14.5 sec @ 95 mph||21/29/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 95 mph||21/29/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|5-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 94 mph||21/29/17.3 mpg||Road & Track|
2006 Volkswagen GTI
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 95 mph||22/29/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.6 sec||14.9 sec @ 95 mph||22/29/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.7 sec @ 94.8 mph||21/29/20 mpg||Motor Trend|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 95 mph||21/29/28 mpg||Motor Week|
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.3 sec||14.8 sec @ 94.6 mph||22/29/21.4 mpg||Road & Track|
2004 Volkswagen GTI
|Oettinger 3-door Hatchback||1.8L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 95.3 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2002 Volkswagen GTI
|1.8T 3-door Hatchback||1.8L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.5 sec||15.3 sec @ 94 mph||21/28/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|1.8T 25th Anniversary Edition 3-door Hatchback (Euro Spec)||1.8L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||6.5 sec||15.0 sec @ 93 mph||20/28/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2000 Volkswagen GTI
|GLS 1.8T 3-door Hatchback||1.8L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||7.3 sec||15.9 sec @ 88 mph||21/28/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|GLX VR6 3-door Hatchback||2.8L V6||FWD||5M||7.6 sec||16.2 sec @ 89 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Neuspeed 3-door Hatchback||2.8L V6||FWD||5M||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 89 mph||18/26/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
1996 Volkswagen GTI
|3-door Hatchback||2.0L I-4||FWD||5M||9.8 sec||17.2 sec @ 81 mph||20/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|VR6 3-door Hatchback||2.8L V6||FWD||5M||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 92.6 mph||17/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1995 Volkswagen GTI
|VR6 3-door Hatchback||2.8L V6||FWD||5M||6.7 sec||15.3 sec @ 91 mph||17/23/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|VR6 3-door Hatchback||2.8L V6||FWD||5M||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 90.5 mph||17/23/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1987 Volkswagen GTI
|16V 3-door Hatchback||1.8L I-4||FWD||5M||8.5 sec||16.5 sec @ 84 mph||21/26/24 mpg||Road & Track|
About Volkswagen GTI
The new Volkswagen GTI is a redesigned, performance-oriented incarnation of the VW Golf. It is available in two body styles—two door, and four-door hatchback—as well as three trim levels. It competes in a highly competitive market that includes the Mini Cooper, Mazda 3, Volvo C30, and Hyundai Veloster.
The predecessor of the GTI entered the U.S. market in 1983, going on to become one of the best-selling budget performance cars in the country. The latest GTI model is the sixth in the series having been introduced in 2010.
Here are the specs of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI:
- Engine: 2 liter inline 4
- Power: 210 hp @ 4,500 rpm
- Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
- Transmission: Six speed manual
- Fuel economy ratings: 25 mpg city driving, 34 mpg highway driving
- 0-60: 5.6-6.1 seconds
- ¼ mile: 14.2-14.7 seconds
- MSRP: $24,700
One of the first things you’ll notice when driving the GTI is its impressive steering. The weight feels very natural, although you’ll have to get used to the variable-ratio steering rack. But once you get used to it, you will find it to be very responsive and precise on the streets.
Volkswagen didn’t only improve the steering of the GTI, but also improve its chassis. The new MQB platform of the GTI looks very impressive, as it makes the GTI move effortless on the road at all times. It gives you enough confidence to drive the car even when navigating twist roads.
The 2 liter L210 HP inline-4 engine churns out a respectable 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is transferred from the engine to the wheels through a six-speed manual. The fuel efficiency ratings are also good for its class, at 25 mpg for city driving and 34 mpg for highway driving.
The GTI can move from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds, and can move to a quarter of a mile in 14.2 seconds.
The manual transmission is also better compared to the previous models of the GTI. The pedals were designed for ease in heel-toe downshifts and were properly placed.
For those looking for more ponies, there’s an optional Performance Package that adds 10 horsepower to the engine. Also included in this package are larger front and rear brakes, as well as a mechanical limited-slip front differential.
Exterior and Interior
The cabin of the GTI is one of its things that separates it from the competition. Step inside the car and you’ll immediately notice the cabin made of high quality materials. The interiors are stylishly designed.
There’s a new, 5.8 inch touchscreen that is at the center of the car’s infotainment system. It’s not really the most elegant touchscreen you’ll see in any car, with very minimal graphics and an uninspired black background. Say what you want to say about its looks but it is user-friendly.
The GTI can sit five adults comfortably. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, while the front seats are heated. You’ll love the very supportive front seats that provide more shoulder room compared to that of the old model.
In terms of cargo space, the VW GTI boasts of 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space increases to 52.7 cubic feet which is very impressive for a hatchback. In fact, the new GTI boasts of bigger cargo space than the 2014 model. It doesn’t hurt, too, that the opening is broad for ease in unloading and loading of items.
Standard features of the GTI include Bluetooth functions, satellite radio, and iPod adapter. You can also add a sunroof, rearview camera, and Fender audio system as optional equipment. Other available add-ons are push-button start, proximity key, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear parking sensors.
The VW GTI is a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it a ‘good’ rating in five tests—moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength.
Key safety features include driver and passenger air bags, side head and rear head air bags, and side air bags. The GTI also has 4 wheel ABS, 4 wheel disc brakes, brake assist, daytime running lights, and electronic stability control. It also has traction control and integrated turn signal mirrors.
The new VW GTI can be had for around $21,000. It competes against other small cars like the Mini Cooper. Both cars almost have the same price, at least for their base models. Another competition is the Hyundai Veloster, which is around $3,000 cheaper than the base GTI. The Volvo C30 is around $2,000 more expensive than the GTI.
From the looks of it, the German automaker has scored another winner with the VW GTI. Expect to see more of the GTI on the road in the months to come.
To view more information about VW GTI, visit the official Volkswagen website.
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