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Volkswagen GTI

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2019
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2019 Volkswagen GTI Ratings & Reliability
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 engine 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. If a GTI is not sporty enough, the Golf R is a step up in performance. 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 a driver's patience over a long drive. The infotainment system has an easy-to-use touch screen. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are now available on all trim lines.
2015-2018
2015 Redesign Year
Volkswagen GTI 2018
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. Available features for 2016 include lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $20,350 - $26,725 $17,195 - $23,045
2017 $18,675 - $22,675 $14,830 - $19,330
2016 $17,075 - $19,300 $13,135 - $16,085
2015 $14,025 - $17,125 $10,360 - $13,110
2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
Volkswagen GTI 2014
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $13,475 - $14,975 $9,775 - $11,125
2013 $12,000 - $14,375 $8,430 - $10,530
2012 $10,600 - $11,725 $7,150 - $8,150
2011 $9,000 - $10,300 $5,720 - $6,870
2010 $7,425 - $8,150 $4,285 - $4,935
2006-2009
2006 Redesign Year
Volkswagen GTI 2009
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $6,375 - $6,675 $3,360 - $3,610
2008 $5,300 - $5,800 $2,385 - $2,835
2007 $5,150 - $5,625 $2,285 - $2,710
2006 $4,725 - $4,775 $1,960 - $2,000
1987-2005
Volkswagen GTI 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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $4,250 - $5,100 $1,595 - $2,245
2004 $3,925 - $4,725 $1,365 - $1,975
2003 $3,475 - $5,075 $1,005 - $2,205
2002 $3,325 - $4,000 $880 - $1,385
2001 $3,050 - $3,725 $680 - $1,175
2000 $2,975 - $3,600 $610 - $1,075