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 you out on a long drive. The interior is very well finished, with luxurious materials, comfortable and supportive seats, and a comprehensive yet easy-to-use infotainment system.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2002. ESC available from 2002, standard from 2006.
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 you out on a long drive. The interior is very well finished, with luxurious materials, comfortable and supportive seats, and a comprehensive yet easy-to-use infotainment system. Now in its seventh generation, the GTI has matured into a capable, refined, and sophisticated piece of machinery with the latest electronic features.

Power comes from a 210-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine shared with other members of the Audi and VW family, matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission. The engine provides plenty of grunt with either transmission, although the DSG lacks the finesse of a conventional automatic around town. We recorded 29 mpg overall with our manual transmission car, which is commendable for a car with this kind of performance.

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.

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Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (220 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Air or water leaks

"Air during HWY runs comes through kind of strong at times. Not bad to not be able to have a normal conversation."

Michael P., GA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic water pump cracked and caused slow antifreeze leak, according to dealer rep. Loaner was provided and repair made under warranty in about an hour."

Donald E., NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water leaks from the passenger side visor. Was told by VW service advisor that there is a drain there that is probably clogged so twice I had the drain in unclogged but after a rain storm the water pours out once the car is in motion. Also had an EPC issue recently for $650. Love you guys!"

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaked around sunroof. Was recalled &leak fixed & now dome light doesn’t work"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a slow coolant leak from a perforated hose. I was able to top up the level periodically to keep the system from alarming. Eventually, the frequency of filling was such that I took the car in for repair. Good news is that my GTI has a sensor for that, VW fixed it under warranty and provided a courtesy car during the 2-day down time."

Marc C., CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Well my GTI suffered from a cracked sunroof frame which there was a technical service bulletin for (TSB). A TSB is ther version of an internal recall. I literally had water pouring in through my passenger side visor. They "patched" the roof and had to replace my headliner and carpets. When I went to pick the car up, they had washed it and the new headliner was soaked through. I ended up getting VW to buy this car back and I bought the Honda"

Jonathan N., MA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cracked sunroof frame"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof leaked water into passenger visor then into the cabin"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Groaning noise from door weather stripping when making turns into driveways as body flexes. Requires special lubrication applied to seals and weather stripping to stop noise."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Weather stripping/seals around the doors cause this weird flexing noise whenever the body of the car is flexing (such as driving over a gutter or going up an incline)."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The tail light gasket/seal developed a small leak after 4 years of ownership. As a result, rain water would collect between the metal panels in the truck. Ultimately fixing the leak only took minutes, but tracing the source of the leak took many hours as the leak was tiny and obscured behind layers of sheet metal."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Found water dripping out of overhead console after a heavy rain. Assumed to be a leak around sunroof weather seal (or possibly upper windshield). Only happened once. Has not happened in previous or subsequent hard rains or car washes. Sunroof had not been opened in the rain. Possibly a simple piece of trash (leaf, twig, etc.)"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Lots of rattles have come up in the car including center console, window controls on the driver's door, loud ratting on the rear driver's side door, etc. They have been very difficult to get under control and VW does not consider squeaks/rattles a warranty issue so they are somewhat hesitant to replace parts at many dealerships. I was only able to get a proper response to these issues when I went to the dealership at which I purchased the car, which was about an hour drive for me. The other issue I experience now is a squeaking noise coming from all of the seals around doors whenever the body of the car is flexing (e.g. driving through a dip in the road at an angle or speed bump, etc.). It's also very annoying."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattling noise in dash in upper portion of passenger's side."

Tyler R., MO (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Items keep rattling in the interior, especially passenger side door and behind the speedometer. Passenger side door rattle was repaired, and behind the speedometer rattle 3 attempts have been made with no resolution. No wonder why VW only covers squeaks and rattles up to 1 year, 12,000 miles."

Nicola R., WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasional squeaks from sunroof area on bumps and cold weather."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof makes rattling sounds when car goes over bumps or vibrates. It has been back to the dealer at least 6 times but no fix has worked to date - 30 months later"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Right rear ceiling, there seems to be a loose piece of insulation that moves around and squeaks when you hit a bump and then it goes back into position and doesn't squeak and then loosens again"

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaking sound from sunroof occurs when outside temperatures are cold and happens when driving over bumps. Dealership could not reproduce problem. Still persists."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Vibration noise in right front A pillar"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I've had continuous squeaks and rattles from the sunroof and rear passenger door area. Been to the dealer multiple times. The sunroof had 2 recalls, neither fix remedied the situation. At this point VW will no longer cover further issues with squeaks and rattles as those items are outside of the warranty. The dealer recommended fixes, but warranty wouldn't cover it. Very disappointed."

Sean B., WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Persistent squeak and rattle in sunroof. 4 trips to service dept have yet to fix it"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Window rubbed against seal when opening and closing creating noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sunroof trim squeaks when it gets wet. The dealer tried to fix it but they couldn't come up with a very good solution"

Daniel H., WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Minor rattle started after hitting a number of potholes"

Joseph S., NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"driver door wind noise"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

Cruise control

"The cruse control wasn't working anymore and the dealer took a long time to fix it."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"So my driver side parking light kept flickering. They replaced the socket because they said it was damaged. Turned out to not be that. They then replaced the body control module at which point my keys ceased to function from more than 5 feet away and sometimes the car wouldn't even recognize the key in the car. They were just happy the light was fixed. They replaced the body control module again and that fixed the keys"

Jonathan N., MA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Ballast was not connected."

Jack C., CO (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front right headlight assembly had a leak in it which shorted out the whole assembly. When it was opened up , everything was rusty indicating it had been that way since I purchased the car. At first they said it wasn't a warranty item but I convinced them otherwise."

Robert S., TX (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Right front headlight swivel module ceased to function. $1000 repair bill to fix. Needed to replace entire headlight housing."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"When sun roof replaced dome light stopped working"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"LED light built into door interior stopped working. Entire door panel had to be replaced under warranty"

Patrick K., PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Both Batteries died on remotes within six months of owning car"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"The heaters on the spray nobles aren't working anymore and the dealer couldn't fix it."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

Glass defects

"Rear passenger door glass shattered overnight while parked in a locked garage. Dealer attributed breakage to manufacturing defect. Glass replaced under VW warranty at no cost to consumer"

V M., WV (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"The rear hatch lock failed at around 15000 miles. Repaired at no charge under warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"Came defective with a big crack on the rails so the replace it. Still noises are there. VW agree for buyback soon."

Michael P., GA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"leaking into interior when raining"

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"sunroof slide shade jammed, dealer repaired under TSB and was warranty covered"

Peter B., MD (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The rear spoiler glue became loose and was making a squeaking sound. It was removed and re-glued by the dealer"

Daniel H., WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Faulty wheel sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Calipers

"Cracked brake line"

Andrew S., OR (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder failed during pad and rotor replacement"

Bret J., CO (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes seemed to wear prematurely but could be aggressive driving. Along with the brake wear (sorry there was no where to select this): the hood release broke! The issue was resolved but cost several hundred dollars to repair."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

"Parking Brake lever won't stay locked"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"The rear brakes squeak when you finally stop of the vehicle in reverse or drive. They squeak more when they're cold but continue to swing through out the driver"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Detected slow coolant leak. Diagnosis was broken thermostat housing. It took more than a week for local VW dealership to fix."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The leak is in the thermostat housing and appears to be due to a deign flaw in the material used"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"I had to replace the water pump for the second time since purchasing the vehicle new."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pump is a chronic problem on these engines. VW should issue a recall. Difficult location of the pump and high cost of parts results in over $1200 for a water pump replacement."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pump was leaking coolant so had to be replaced. Got it in time before coolant was out entirely."

Robert C., NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Heat sensors were not telling the heater to maintain temperatures, set at 20 then goes cold, turn to 21 and after 10 minutes....Cold. On a 100 kilometre trip we would have to adjust the heat every 10 minutes or so, no comfortable setting."

Kari S., BC (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"Dealer first thought it was refrigerant leak issue which we have been watching since purchasing the car. Ultimately the issue was a bad weld on the A/C condenser. I could not be repaired and had to be fully replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"After about 6 months, bad smell from air conditioner. One dealer, out of town, fixed it once,. The dealer I leased the car from wasted my time, service dept. acted like there wasn't a problem. This is a known problem of this German car, and a German company makes a product to fix the problem. And this dealer acted like there was no problem, and that included VW of America, since I contacted them as well. So, ,I am not pleased with the dealer or the company's service. I bought the product, a can of deodorizer of a special type, and I fixed the problem myself. (it involves taking a few things apart to get the spray to the evaporator Will have to repeat the procedure about every 6 months. But otherwise the car is so good, fast, great brakes, nice ride, good infotainment system which is easy to figure out, and relatively quiet for a hatchback--kind of like an inexpensive Audi--and no other problems. I plan to buy the car when the lease is up."

Michael Z., CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Servo motor that controls heat regulation failed. Troubleshooting and repair took almost a week"

Marc C., CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light went on after about 3 months after receipt. Took dealer a week to figure out what was causing it and fix it"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump broke entirely on this relatively new vehicle and had to be replaced. I was shocked!"

Joan W., PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Factory recall"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

Apple CarPlay

"Syncing and loading Apple CarPlay is not consistent - it is temperamental and sometimes does not let me use Apple CarPlay at all."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Display screen freeze and i have to restart car to repair problem"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS Antenna reception issue. Wiring came loose and dealer repaired at no cost"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Alignment issues caused uneven tire wear and need for early replacement (I elected to wait given sufficient tread). Alignment issue is not indicated from performance rather noisy rear tire normally something I normally assume is a tire balance issue. Dealer says GTI alignment is touchy. Not something I want to worry about having checked without symptoms. I might not retain vehicle past warranty, as a result."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings fail on passenger front wheel. Volkswagen blamed me for the problem. Not covered under warranty by about 400 miles. Real customer service champs"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both bearings went out at about 1500 miles. Replaced under warranty. But still"

Stephen H., MI (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At 9000 miles clutch burned out, required total replacement. Car has been driven very gently.l by a driver with 30+ years experience with manual transmission"

David K., WA (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission starting acting up at 36K. Under warranty but needed to be replaced. For whatever reason Volkswagen recommened clutch replacement at the same time. Clutch was not covered and would cost north of $800. Argued with Volkswagen that the clutch was an integral part of the transmission and should be included. They settled for $400. Not happy"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI 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

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Housing above rear view mirror came loose, fixed by dealer under warranty"

Francisco P., CA (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There was chipping where the bumper cowling met the fender. It was satisfactorily fixed by the dealer"

Peggy S., ME (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

"Nonsensical warning messages started appearing on the dash about the transmission while I was driving."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Randomly would not know what position the gear shifter was in. Fixed under warranty."

Thomas P., GA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 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

"The cam shaft solenoid coil burned, and I'd lose power at high RPM. VW fixed the issue by replacing the coild, took about 4 days"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug failures caused engine to misfire."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 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

Turbo or supercharger

"The car would lose power suddenly even when I kept steady pressure on the gas pedal. The car would suddenly regain power. After the second episode the dealer diagnosed it as a turbocharger problem. They replaced the turbocharger under warranty. There have been no problems since."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"failed"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"The gas tank on my GTI and many other GTIs are of a faulty design. Its difficult to fill. During fillup at gas stations the first click would happen very early, when there is still room for couple more gallons fuel. For the remaining portion after first click, you'd have to fillup very slowly and caredully. VW replaced my gas tank and some other parts to mitigate the issue. Living in Oregon where I can not take my own gas, it was very difficult for me. Before the fix from VW, i would be able to"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

"there was a recall for smell of fuel, we had issue corrected"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag warning light came on because of sensor malfunction but was due to damage to wire from mice in garage, not because of any inherent problem with the vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

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

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