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.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 GTI to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Volkswagen's brand history and the previous generation of the GTI.

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The 2017 Volkswagen GTI has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

"After a heavy rainstorm, we noticed that the interior ceiling and sidebar were damp. Apparently it was from a faulty seal in the sunroof."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water leak in passenger floor due to sun roof vents getting clogged"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The sunroof makes noise"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had a number of rattles and squeeks. The center console rattled loudly over 50mph. There was a loud squeek in the trunk with every bump. And a noise coming from the front hood when using the car in "sport mode". I took it to the dealership and reported the first two noises and they fixed them. I haven't taken it for the 3rd noise coming probably from the "engine noise speaker". Finally, the door pockets are very rattl-y. In my previous car water bottles didn't used to rattle, but in the GTI th"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"driver's seat creaks during turns"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear hatch trim squeeked badly and was replaced under warranty. Then the passenger door squeaked and the entire door panel was replaced under warranty. The problems are now fixed"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Annoying creaking sounds when driving slowly over bumpy roads"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rattle noises on moonroof"

Ariel P., MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaking from area around moonroof"‿ started maybe18 months after I owned the car. Told dealer when I brought it in for service but it was never resolved."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"straight out of the dealership had rattles on the moonroof that took three trips to service to address, 85% only. After 30 months there are more to which I am used to now. Other than this the car is good."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rubber seals on sun roof and doors squeak-have tried multiple remedies with little satisfaction."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had taken the vehicle to address rattle on moonroof three times to different dealerships. Service bulletins performed and the noise has diminished considerably. One issue with moonroof is the interior sliding fabric cover opens while driving, and this is annoying."

Ariel P., MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"intermittent sunroof rattles"

Marla B., NJ (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sunroof squeaks, usually after the car has been driven for a while (about 20 to 30 minutes). Opening or popping up the sunroof stops the noise."

Stephen K., CT (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 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

"software fault that was resolved by a dealer installed patch via a service bulletin. Airplay wouldn't consistently connect."

Michael H., VA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The app does not work properly. It frecuently freezes up or some features don't work."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Volkswagen GTI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"The entire head unit has failed twice in the first year. System plays for about five minutes then reboots itself. This occurs about five times then entire head unit shuts down completely. If car is turned off and then back on system will come back on and cycle of shutting down starts all over. Dealership has replaced unit twice."

Steve K., PA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Similar to the radio, the system will freeze and eventually resets itself."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hardware replacement

"The VW Infotainment System froze up and became inoperable. It was fixed under the car's warranty by replacement of a module within it."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Complete unit was not operating. Dealer replaces the unit"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"There was a defective part that was replaced. It was a widespread problem"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Periodically the system will freeze and not play. Eventually the system resets itself and resumes functioning properly."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 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

Body control module

"Orange light came on and took to dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Adaptive lighting failed intermittently. Fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Right front headlight was pointed down focused about 20 feet in front of vehicle. Brought it in to the dealer for repair. Got car back next day. Headlight was now aimed at the 2nd story of houses. Took it back in on a Thursday, got called on Monday saying that they neede to order parts. Got car back on Tuesday, lighting was fine but the right front turn signal didn't work. 2 more days to fix that. Dealer appears to be totally incompetent. Took my 2014 CC in for an airbag recall, 2 hr job per recall notice. Took car in Wednesday morning, didnt get it back until Friday."

Paul L., OH (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One of the daytime running lights failed. A part was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Failed occasionally, locking me out. Fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Recall cover warning light switch."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"After running the rear wiper washer, the nozzle continued to drip small amounts of fluid when it was turned off. The dealer replaced the washer under warranty."

Stephen K., CT (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Somehow the smell of fuel/oil and engine fumes makes it into the cabin. Unsure of the source, dealership inspected the car and found no issues. Problem persists, mostly in colder days."

Ariel P., MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Muffler

"It was not tight"

Anonymous, MS (2017 Volkswagen GTI Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"One of the 8 parking sensors stopped working and had to be replaced (under warranty)."

Jonathan H., TN (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One of the 8 parking sensors stopped working and had to be replaced under warranty"

Jonathan H., TN (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failure of Blind Spot monitoring control module. Affected rear cross-traffic system too."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag warning light came on, automatically disabling airbag system (according to dealer). Dealer looked at it, could not find a problem and reset the system. Airbag light turned back on within 1 day. Took to back dealer, again could not find an issue. Tech rewired the driver-side seat airbags and this fixed the problem (they suspect loose wiring)."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Leak to thermostat housing. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Car leaked coolant from the thermostat at low mileage. This is apparently a common issue with this car. I also smell antifreeze from the overflow after driving which has gone undiagnosed."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Thermostat was replaced with water pump. Under guarantee"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Factory water pump housing leaked. Fixed under warranty 2 years ago. Went to another shop for service and they said 2nd water pump was leaking as well. Went back to dealer for another water pump. Heat stopped as well. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump was leaking. Had to be replaced. Was covered by guarantee"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 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

Clutch adjustment

"Have not got repaired yet but clutch is slipping in 6th gear between 2200 and 3000 RPM under hard acceleration."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"Let me first add, that this car resides in a garage in N. California. When the car is cold, transmission clunks and delays when shifting from R to D"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 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)

"I believe it is a sensor problem. On starting the car, ABS, and several other lights come on in the dash."

Anonymous, SC (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"the gti brakes are not up to par, we feel that the brakes vibrate with normal wear and tear, I'm assuming it's a heat dissipation problem or poor specifications, in any event not as good as our 2012 VW golf TDI in the braking department"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

Blower (fan) motor

"Made noise"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Replaced leaking water pump"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 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)

"Car has had repeated issues with the secondary air injection system. It generates a check engine light and then they replace the pump or valves and it comes back a few weeks later."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The car has only 18,000 miles on it and the clutch started going out. Besides being practically new, the other weird thing is that it started going out in 6th gear, not first. We were told it wasn't covered by warranty! We are really upset by this, because a clutch should last longer than 18,000 miles."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport 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.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Wheels bent by potholes caused front wheel bearing failure"

Anonymous, CA (2017 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate bottom edge rubs on bumper cover left corner rear. Didn't get repaired because afraid VW dealer would cause collateral damage"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Volkswagen GTI S 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.

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Aug 22, 2019
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2019 GTI, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 Golf, 2012-2019 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2017-2019 Golf SportWagen and 2011-2018 Jetta vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry. A build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began November 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37M2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V615000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 679027
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