The Volkswagen GTI started out as a performance version of the Golf. It is available used as a 2-door or 4-door hatchback. This front-wheel drive vehicle has a six-speed manual transmission. An optional dual-clutch automated manual transmission called DSG (direct shift gearbox) may be preferred by driving enthusiasts. For 2014, th GTI comes in two versions: the Driver's Edition and the Wolfsburg Edition. The Driver's Edition offers sports-styled leather seats, a touchscreen navigation system, and a sunroof. The Wolfsburg Edition upscales the wheels to 18-inch alloy, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a meaty golf ball shift knob. Both include features such as heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a 4-corner independent suspension. Technology-minded consumers will love the wide range of features offered by the GTI, especially its standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio and its multi-function trip computer.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine tops out at 200 horsepower, going from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds and is perhaps the most powerful in its class. A "performance pack" adds 20 extra horses for 220 total horsepower. The GTI is a great choice when you are looking for a compact, fuel efficient hatchback that is capable of cargo versatility without sacrificing drivability. The Volkswagen GTI is now it its seventh design generation since debuting in 1983. Each new edition of the Volkswagen GTI has always been well received by buyers. It has the honor of being named one of Car and Driver's annual 10 Best choices on 11 different occasions since it was first introduced.
Mk V generation ran from 2004 – 2008. It was less sporty compared to later generations, in terms of road handling and engine specs, however, the interior was refined to compensate. Look for the 230 PS GIT Edition 30 that in 2007 marked the car's 30th anniversary. That year, Volkswagen offered a 6.0-liter bi-turbo 650 PS GTI the most powerful Golf ever produced. From 1998 to 2004 the GTI's engine was a 1.8-liter 125 PS.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2014 GTI a rating of “Good” in all areas (its highest rating), including moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash protection and roof strength in a series of crash tests. Safety features include head airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, integrated turn signal mirrors, traction control, and electronic stability control.
Noteworthy About the Volkswagen GTI
- US News named the 2014 Volkswagen GTI the Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.
- Automobile magazine named the 2010 GTI Car of the Year.
- Intellichoice made it Motorist Choice award winner in the class for 2013.
The Volkswagen GTI is a great choice if you prefer a stable and fuel efficient performance vehicle that will not eat up all your resources in repairs and gas consumption.