Taut, agile and quick, this version of Volkswagen's venerable hot hatch is fun to drive and so much more. 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.
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    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction with:

    Driving Experience

    Includes acceleration and handling

    What Owners Say

    "this car is really fun to drive. The acceleration is good, cornering is excellent, braking is excellent."

    Anonymous, LA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The acceleration from the 205 hp/252 lb-ft turbo four is outstanding. The car will out-accelerate most other vehicles moving away from a stop with no drama or wheel spin. Handling, another reason I enjoy the car (I have an amatuer racing background) is quick and crisp and drama-free. I don't push the car hard on the street but there is great potential to explore under safe conditions."

    William H., WI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "A blast to drive with the manual transmission."

    John C., MA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Precise road grip, handling is perfect, excellent steering feel and weighted just right, very good acceleration however would like just a bit more, maybe 30 more horses."

    Russell N., KY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Drives marvelously, great acceleration and great handling. I have the manual transmission and shifting is rapid and smooth and even in heavy traffic is good."

    Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "acceleration"

    John K., FL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great acceleration when needed. Handling around tight corners is so easy and smooth."

    Charles P., FL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "More than ample power and best handling car I've ever owned"

    Robert E., NC (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Very fun and spry."

    Anonymous, OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Handling is direct and extremely capable with excellent feedback."

    Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI is an a deceptively fast car and handles like it's on rails. I love how it can take a corner and the overall handling riding around town. When I first purchased it, I had no idea of how fun it would be to drive every time I get in it! It's hard to describe how much fun it is."

    Richard B., MN (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI is the perfect balance of power and handling to be a lot of fun on the road without wasting power that can never be used in the real world."

    Anonymous, CO (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "It’s just a blast to drive. Not a sports car but just tremendous fun to chuck around the back roads."

    Haig D., PA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "excellent."

    D A., OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "acceleration,handling"

    Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Some cars accelrate faster, some corner faster, but I do not know of any carf that has a better overall balance of these capabilities. It is the most fun to drive car in my life whihc inlcudes well over 20 cars. The Mazda 3 and the GTI are the best small cars avaialbe. VW quality of interior is almost at an Audi level. No squeaks, no rattles, looks great and is solid."

    Larry M., WA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The acceleration is amazing, and the sound of the engine is beautiful."

    Anonymous, NC (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great performance and MPG in the 30's"

    Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI's handling is tight and responsive and has little understeer at sane public road speeds. You can drive briskly even on rough roads and never upset the car. Other cars are faster now but the ample torque makes normal driving and passing effortless"

    Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "A speeding ticket waiting to happen acceleration and great handling. Thank you Volkswagen for making my heart sing and my pulse roar in an everyday driver!"

    Lauron C., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Handles like a sports car, accelerates and stops like a high performance car, dual clutch transmission is unlike any auto trans ive ever experienced. Can never go back to a manual or conventional transmission. It’s a manual where one must shift each gear, sports mode shifting with rev matching down shifts and top tach holding gear shifts, and fully auto mode for just cruising. Amazing transmission."

    Greg L., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Acceleration"

    Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "has good feel for the road"

    Anonymous, VT (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The handling is sports car level."

    Charles D., TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Excellent combo of performance characteristics and with daily usability."

    Gary H., OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Although there is the turbo lag, acceleration is very good.* Handling is exceptional! *I own the manual transmission"

    Eric W., OK (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Sticks to the road like glue"

    Carl F., LA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "I love the manual transmission. It allows quick acceleration both from a stop and uphill on the highway. The handling of the vehicle is also beautiful."

    James H., AZ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Very quick acceleration response without turbo lag at all speeds, very fast shifting transmission. Excellent cornering ability."

    William A., MO (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Excellent handling and acceleration make this car very fun to drive"

    Mark M., TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI is a joy to drive. The manual transmission is smooth and allows you to control your acceleration. Steering is tight and fun. You don't need to drive fast, just give me an S curve any day."

    James L., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Given the engine size and the cost of the vehicle the performance in every manner is amazing."

    John P., WI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Excellent handling, LSD makes front end grip terrific, good in all weather conditions."

    Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI handles beautifully. The DSG transmission is usually in the right gear for the situation, and if it is not a push on the paddle shifters gets it there quickly."

    David N., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The only negative is there is no way to listen to the radio with the car off. Since it's keyless, the starter button must be pushed without starting the car but then the headlights and fan motor are on. Very strange it doesn't have an accessory mode with car off so music can listened to with car off."

    Greg L., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "acceleration, handling, ride, quietness"

    Bill S., NJ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "This car handles nicely. The ride is firm and you feel imperfections in the road, but this is a sporty model, so overall quality of the ride is fine."

    Anonymous, WI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Very responsive and precise handling, great acceleration. Fun and satisfying driving experience."

    Mark M., TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Fun to drive"

    Robert R., MA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "It's awesome! All the reviews in my car magazines were right."

    Jason W., WA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "This is the best handling car I have ever owned. The manual trans. shifts very smoothly and the acceleration is terrific. On long trips we have gotten over 35mpg."

    J L., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Fun to drive, tight on turns"

    Anonymous, MN (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Quick, agile, excellent comfort and ergonomics, economical"

    G H., VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "I love it !! This car is so fun to drive."

    Anonymous, VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "This cars handling and acceleration are excellent. It really feels like a a car that should cost much more."

    DAVID N., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Comfort and handling."

    Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "DSG automatic is amazing. Car moves as if it had a manual. Shifts impressively smooth. As efficient as a manual and quicker. In socially responsible mode shifts don't rock the greyhounds."

    DAVID H., VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "It accelerates as quickly as my 1966 Olds 442."

    Anonymous, OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "I like the driving dynamics of the '15 VW GTI overall, with a couple of quibbles that could be serious for some drivers. The most obvious is the ride. The suspension provides a very responsive handling but at the cost of a very choppy ride at lower speeds. This is mostly due to the very low profile (45 aspect ratio) that came with the car. The were no alternative wheels and tires available from the dealer for the car at the time I bought it in Nov of 2014. The DSG transmission is great most o"

    WILLIAM H., WI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Get driving dynamics and road feel and power"

    STEVE W., NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The driving experience is wonderful. From casual commuting in traffic, to aggressive driving on high speed twisting roads. Fantastic."

    EDWARD T., NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Amazing acceleration and handling!!!"

    Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "It has great handling without being too harsh and plenty of power to get through turns."

    DAVID M., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI is an amazing car to drive. it's can be driven like an everyday car and is quiet, comfortable on the road, generates very little tire noise, and drives like a well-behaved normal car. But when you want to really experience a superior handling vehicle that corners like it's on rails and is extremely fast, the GTI does it all. I liked it when I bought it, but I really enjoy it's versatility and comfort the more I drive it. My wife and I argue about who gets to drive it, as she likes how it"

    RICHARD B., MN (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great acceleration making it no problems merging into tight traffic and handling is precise."

    CHARLES P., FL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "this car has amazing agility and can be pushed quite hard. It has an engine and transmission to balance the strong handling. Few cars have this high level of balance in power, handling, ride and all with high quality."

    LARRY M., WA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Had a previous GTI with a 6 cylinder engine, this one has a turbo four, Much preferred the smooth acceleration of the 6 versus the turbo lag of the 4."

    Anonymous, OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Handling, acceleration, sporty feel with quiet ride"

    ROBERT J., VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great brakes and stable ride. Acceleration and handling make my GTI a daily pleasure to drive."

    JAMES B., KY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great acceleration and handling. Gets off the line at the traffic light and leaves all the other cars in the dust. Requires attention to the steering as it is quick. Great turning circle. Great value. One word that describes it is "fun"!"

    JOHN Y., GA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "This is the most "fun to drive" car I have ever owned. This car is an SE and has the performance package, DSG transmission, dynamic chassis control. I can set the driving mode to comfort for city/interstate driving and to sport on curvy country roads. The acceleration is addictive but I can get 35 MPG on straight highway travel...amazing!"

    Anonymous, LA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Acceleration and handling are just so superb, magnificent."

    ALFRED S., NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "excellent acceleration, superior handling"

    D A., OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Acceleration is faultless, especially at low RPMs (torquey engine). Have not explored the car's handling limits."

    JAY S., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Terrific acceleration, road holding, and good gas mileage, too."

    DAVID M., NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Fun to drive & excellent mpg!"

    ALLEN B., AZ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    Comfort

    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "Despite car being a compact, my 6'5" body fits comfortably."

    James H., AZ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Excellent handling, fun to drive."

    Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "For a sporty vehicle, the ride is not as bumpy as I had expected. Road noise is almost non-existent and the seats are comfortable on a long ride."

    Eric W., OK (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats are the most comfortable I've had in a car. Ride, while stiff, is quite good. The front seats have bolsters on the backs, which makes getting in not so easy."

    Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats are quite supportive and good for long drives. I am quite tall and there is plenty of head room in the GTI."

    Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI can definitely play, but I find that - when it’s time for a relaxed highway ride - it is so well behaved. It feels solid and is smooth and quiet."

    Haig D., PA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "All those functions are excellent."

    Gary H., OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The seats in the GTi fit Me like my best pair of shoes. It is an unusually refined car for a sports model."

    Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats very comfortable. Noise normal for a car of this type. Ride is very choppy and bouncy over poor roads at low speeds. At highway speeds, ride is fine. When I purchased the car, there were no wheel/tire options offered. The very low profile tires have excellent grip and handling, but are a major contributor to the poor ride at low speeds. The suspension is stiffer than most cars but again this is a contributor to the fine handling. I bought the car as a performance vehicle, so the above complaints are a trade-off and I recognized this at purchase."

    William H., WI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "I am a big tall heavy guy. The seats in the GTI are extremely well designed. Many folks commnet on the excellent seats. The ride is quite firm around town but suprisingly supple on the interstate. NOise is medium to high which I assume is due to the fairly large tires."

    Larry M., WA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The seats are extremely comfortable and the ride and noise levels for such a small car are outstanding. I am always amazed when we take a road trip of the comfort and good ride capabilities of the GTI. The acceleration and handling are also outstanding!"

    Richard B., MN (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The GTI is far more refined than it's peers. Several hot hatches are quick and corner well but no other combines that performance with quiet and comfort in the way the GTI does. We are in our 60's and like to drive but not to be beat up with poor seats or ride and be assaulted with noise and rattles."

    Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The seats are very comfortable, keeps you in place in tight turns, controls are easy to reach and adjust while driving. The ride is smooth except over curbs."

    CHARLES P., FL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Absolutely comfortable seats hug your body in place. Great leather steering wheel and body position. Quiet interior. Fabulous handling, quick and a pleasure to drive."

    TIMOTHY R., CO (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Handling is excellent. Car handles and rides like a larger, heavier car. Seats are nicely adjustable and supportive. Dual clutch transmission is responsive and smooth BUT it is too quick to upshift in eco mode and way too aggressive in sport mode. Wish there was a happy medium somewhere in between the two."

    Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats are most comfortable of any car I've owned. Car is very quiet, the ride is firm and controlled (just what I wanted). I have owned a Triumph TR3, VW Beetle (1968), Renault Le Car (1980), VW Jetta (1988),Ford Focus (2005), Ford Ranger (1993)."

    JAY S., CA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "These are supposed to be VW's best seats (I actually traded in the first GTI I purchased after 10 days because the lower trim seats were unbearable after 45-60 minutes. These are better but I still needed to have additional lumbar support added by a professional upholstery company for longer rides. That said, the cabin is very quite for a small car and the climate control system works very well. The ride is a bit harsh over rough roads, but that is to be expected in a sporty car with low prof"

    Anonymous, NH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "quit a bit noisier than I remember during test drive; should've driven more on the highway; then again, quieter than my previous car"

    Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The interior of the car is much bigger and roomier than I expected. It's comfortable to drive and comfortable even on long trips. It's extremely quiet and versatile as well, as the rear seats fold down which opens up a huge area to haul things. It's much more comfortable than I expected when I test drove it."

    RICHARD B., MN (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "seats are quite good and I am a tall heavy guy. Highway ride is surprisingly supple. The automatic dual climate control works perfectly. The sense of quality is high with this car."

    LARRY M., WA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Very supportive and comfortable on long drives"

    LEN W., MI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The seats are excellent on long trips. No sore hamstrings or back. Mis automatic climate control."

    DAVID H., VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats are sculptured to fit the body; very comfortable on long distance trips. Inside the car the ride is very quiet."

    Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    Value

    Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

    What Owners Say

    "Excellent performance for the price. Good comfort for compact sport sedan."

    William A., MO (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great styling, fun to drive, what I anticipated mpg. For the $29187 I paid for my GTI? Two words, Excellent Value!"

    Lauron C., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The driving experience is outstanding. Great handling and excellent acceleration."

    Charles D., TX (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Features, functionality, and fun you get for the price cannot be found in any other car in my experience."

    Anonymous, CO (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The base options for the 2015 were worse compared to later years which were easier to find with larger brake options among other features"

    Anonymous, HI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Love the car, hate the repair headaches. There are too many repairs required of a vehicle this age. Further, the repairs are esoteric, unpredictable, and expensive. I really enjoy driving it, but I will not buy another."

    Anonymous, NM (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "A good performer for cheap"

    Carl F., LA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "fun to drive, very comfortable interior, good gas mileage, flexible interior use"

    Bill S., NJ (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Used your true car system to get at least a thousand dollars off the dealers supposed best price"

    MAURICE W., OH (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Missing some features such as USB ports, Blind Spot Monitoring and Auto-dimming mirrors at this price point (2015 Autobahn model)"

    Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Performance is #1 quality of workmanship is phenomenal for the price point"

    Anonymous, IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "1) I wish I could have picked options individually but I could only get packages. I hate leather seats but I had to get them to get a sunroof 2) I got a good deal at the time but then the desiel thing happnened and I could have gotten a better deal but who knew that would have happened."

    Anonymous, VA (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    Styling

    How it looks inside and out

    What Owners Say

    "beautifully and sensibly styled -- no excessive design but purposeful and stands behind its looks"

    SAMUEL F., IL (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Tasteful Not overdone like so many other cars"

    LEN W., MI (2015 Volkswagen GTI)

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