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The GTI continues to embody the sporty, practical, and affordable hatchback concept. Whether opting for the manual or dual-clutch automated transmission, the 2.0-liter turbo is punchy and emits a satisfying sound. We got an impressive 29 mpg overall with our manual transmission test car. The GTI is fun to drive by virtue of its lively handling and immediate throttle response. Inside is a high-quality, quiet, and refined interior with comfortable seats. That all adds up to a sporty car that doesn't wear on your patience during a long drive. The infotainment system has an easy-to-use touch screen. Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert are now available. Reliability has dropped below average.

Road Test

Taut, agile and quick, the latest version of Volkswagen's venerable hot hatch is fun to drive and so much more. The GTI is one of the most practical, easy-to-live-with choices among sporty cars. It's quiet and civilized enough that it doesn't wear yo...


  • Near-ideal blend of agility, practicality, and comfort
  • Agile, responsive handling


  • Driving experience is not as fun as in previous generations
  • VW's proprietary multimedia interface -- although a USB was added for 2016

Best Version to Get

The basic S model gives you a lot of bang for the buck. It's well equipped and doesn't lack for any essential features. Aside from personal preferences, the only practical reason we'd opt for a more expensive version is to get the lighting package with HID headlights. They perform...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (220 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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