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The GTI treatment transforms the practical Golf hatchback into an exhilarating, yet sensible sports car. Agile handling, gutsy acceleration and a satisfying sound come with comfort and refinement. The GTI retains most of the civilized demeanor of other Golfs, making it suitable for everyday driving, while still bringing a smile to the face of a driving enthusiast.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
2011
NA
2012
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2002. ESC available from 2002, standard from 2006.
Road Test

The GTI treatment transforms the practical Golf hatchback into an exhilarating, yet sensible sports car. Agile handling, gutsy acceleration and a satisfying sound come with comfort and refinement. The GTI retains most of the civilized demeanor of other Golfs, making it suitable for everyday driving, while still bringing a smile to the face of a driving enthusiast. Good fuel economy is another bonus, though it's tempered by the need for premium fuel.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Volkswagen GTI owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“All windows rattle like a 55 Ford with power windows. $500 to fix and its going back for repairs again”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There are a series of annoying rattles - one coming from the driver's side of the dashboard and another coming from the rear seat area”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“poor weather strip seal replacement solved problem”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Common problem for Stock GTI. New Pump model has been developed. Installed for ~6 months”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water pumps stopped working and dumped coolant out. Temp on car shot up and it had to be towed to service shop. Disappointed it happened, although the car is approaching 100,000kms”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Cracked water pump housing. It cost $750 to replace”

Barry D., MO (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Horn

“Horn started to work sporadically. Haven't had it repaired yet”

Anonymous, DC (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to be reset several times”

Dan V., IN (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Carbon buildup in intake manifold and intake valves, Replaced under warranty by VW at around 85000 miles”

Robert E., ME (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“Turbo leaking waste gasses. Worked fine without fixing, but Check Engine light stayed on and I would never know if that was the only issue. Fixed a year later, followed immediately with other Check Engine light issues. Expensive replacement of just the Turbo”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“I apparently used second tier premium gas which caused carbon to build up on the intake manifold causing the emission light to go on and have a choppy feel when the car is first turned on. I treat the problem with injector cleaner”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Vehicle had some sort of gasket leak which also involved carbon build up”

Rob S., VA (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“spot paint chips”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

“Fairly major rust on the body just below the leading edge of the front doors (both sides). Patch is about 4 inch by 4 inch. Long waiting list to even get a warranty assessment at dealership”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“Intermittent failure of trans to move car. Fought with VW for several years. Finally told them to reboot the trans computer and problems seen to be fixed. Their excuse was...could not duplicate. There was no attempt to trouble-shoot problem. The”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

“I don't consider $1400 to replace the seal between the engine and transmission a minor problem in a car with $53k miles at the time. They had to drop the transmission to replace this $75 part and I was without the car for 2 weeks”

Barry D., MO (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“car jerked when in 1. gear and reverse. dealer diagnosed bad clutch pack”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Slightly out of warranty, the clutch squealed when engaged, VW dealership replaced clutch as Goodwill. The clutch apparently had a leaky seal and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Does not pair consistently”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After iOS 10 update on my iPhone, Bluetooth disconnects after phone calls. Used to work great. May be an iPhone issue, not a VW issue”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Had a bad coil which was replaced. Eventually all four were replaced due to rough running engine”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Was driving and had two ignition coils fail. A separate time had the intake manifold break”

Andrew T., GA (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Driver door latch has had to be replaced twice since I have owned the car”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Volkswagen GTI Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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