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The redesigned Golf GTI builds on VW's long-running tradition of turning a practical hatchback into a fun-to-drive yet sophisticated alternative to sports coupes. This latest generation brings sharpened handling, more power, and a new infotainment system.
Now only available as a four-door, the GTI's 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 241 hp and pulls strongly with immediate throttle response, whether you get the six-speed manual or the dual-clutch automatic. There are driving thrills aplenty, thanks to its sharp steering, slick shifter, and the invigorating engine and exhaust sounds. The cabin is well finished and most versions come with plaid upholstery--an ode to the original Rabbit GTI. Unfortunately, VW has replaced its formerly user-friendly controls in favor of a very distracting control layout. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and RCTW are standard. Those seeking more power and cornering capability should consider the all-wheel-drive Golf R.
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2015-2021
2015 Redesign Year
The GTI is one of the most practical choices among sporty cars. It's quiet, civilized and doesn't wear you out on long drives.
The interior is very well finished, with luxurious materials, comfortably supportive seats and a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use infotainment system. The basic S model gives you a lot of bang for the buck. It's well equipped and doesn't lack for essential features. The only practical reason we'd opt for a more expensive version is to get the HID headlights, as they perform much better than the standard halogens. You can get the better lights on an S model, but only with an automatic. Updates for 2016 included optional forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning, all of which became standard in 2020.
$27,925 - $35,325
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$26,500 - $33,150
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$25,200 - $31,475
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$22,025 - $27,225
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$18,725 - $23,425
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$16,725 - $19,575
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$14,925 - $17,650
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2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
This redesign of the GTI brought modest changes. The four-cylinder Golf R adds more power and all-wheel-drive.
The GTI excels at combining everyday practicality with being fun-to-drive. Agile handling, gutsy acceleration and a satisfying sound come with comfort and refinement. Remarkably, the GTI retains most of the civilized demeanor of other Golf models, making it suitable for everyday driving, while still bringing a smile to the face of a driving enthusiast. The hatchback adds versatility. Fit and finish are very good. The seats are supportive and sporty, yet comfortable. Stability control, traction control, antilock brakes and brake assist are standard equipment.
$13,625 - $15,200
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$10,825 - $12,050
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$10,025 - $11,250
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$8,475 - $9,775
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$7,750 - $8,350
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2006-2009
2006 Redesign Year
The GTI is a sporty version of the Golf. Since 1999, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine has powered most GTI models.
The sporty VW hatchback is a credible alternative to a sports sedan, with capable handling, a relatively comfortable ride, a well-crafted interior and a surprisingly roomy back seat. Special limited-production R32 versions have a V6 and all-wheel-drive. These one-year-specials appeared in 2004 and again in 2008. A four-door version of the GTI became available in 2007.
$7,475 - $7,750
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$6,825 - $7,150
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$7,125 - $7,450
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$5,800 - $5,850
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1987-2005
The Golf exudes a feeling of precision and solidity unusual for a small car. It is available in 3- and 5-door hatchback body styles and GTI trim line marketed as a sporty alternative to standard Golfs.
A responsive four cylinder provided base power, but a stronger V6 was available in top GTI models. The Golf was redesigned for 1999, and became quieter and more comfortable, with a higher-quality interior. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine was introduced a year later. The R32, a V6-powered AWD model, arrived for 2004.
$4,600 - $5,325
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$4,225 - $5,000
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$3,750 - $5,150
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$3,575 - $4,350
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$3,300 - $3,800
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$3,100 - $3,725
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