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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    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

    "The GTI thrills when driven for sport and makes long drives easier with the Driver Assist package - especially the adaptive cruise control"

    Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "It's a GTI. VW has spent 30 years perfecting this formula and this car. If you're spending under 30k to get a fun car, and it's not a GTI, you're doing it wrong. Seriously. Go drive this, then all the competitors."

    Anonymous, MD (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Acceleration is plentiful and immediate. The car handles like it's on rails. Very quick and nimble."

    Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Brakes are wonderful. Handling is super (especially with new tires - the Hankook tires are AWFUL in the wet). Acceleration is instant and strong. With all the available setting, I can easily find a setting for the traffic or road conditions."

    Robert H., MD (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "very nimble car in traffic"

    Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Great stick and clutch feel"

    Trevor R., TX (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Sadly, my GTI is used 90% of the time for a 80 mile mostly highway commute to work. I use only a small portion of the performance envelope. Looking forward to road trips into hillier terrain."

    Paul M., NJ (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Excellent steering feel, responsive handling, punchy acceleration with little-to-no turbo lag"

    Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Most fun car I've ever driven. Every day is a joy. It's fast, nimble and sharp. Plus, it's kind of a sleeper. In particular, VW put amazing thought into the shifter for switching between normal and sport effortlessly."

    Eric M., MN (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "I thought turbo meant good acceleration. I had no idea it meant that it takes a second before the car starts to move. But that's my mistake. I would much prefer a stick shift to the silly paddles on the wheel."

    Anonymous, WA (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "The car accelerates evenly and smoothly. It is so smooth it sometimes can take you above the speed limit before you realize it. It handles twisty roads like it is a track car, and is so spirited that it is hard to believe that you can drive so quickly and still return around 30mpg consistently is mixed driving."

    Mel L., CA (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Quick, responsive, agile, fun"

    G H., VA (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    Comfort

    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "The SE cloth seats are firm yet all-day comfortable. The prominent bottom and side bolsters fit my normal body type just fine. Noise level is appropriate, if a little too quiet. The soundaktor is gimmiky and a poor substitute for a sportier exhaust sound. Ride is firm but compliant except over the most cratered roads."

    Paul M., NJ (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Seats are quite comfortable and it is easy to find a comfortable setting. Ride is better then I had expected for a 'sporty' car. Changing tires really reduced noise. Noise is now subdued."

    Robert H., MD (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "the car is solid, quiet and refined for the pricepoint. the front seats are very supportive and are beneficial to spirited driving. compared to other hatchbacks, this car eels refined, comfortable, quiet, and lacks the cheap feeling similar cars typically have."

    Mel L., CA (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "Could be a little quieter and the passenger seat doen’t have the same controls, it doesn’t have lumbar and elecric adjustment. Also the driver seat doens’t return to my position when others have moved it."

    Elaine H., CO (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "excellent seats, moderate tire noise, controlled ride"

    G H., VA (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    Value

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

    What Owners Say

    "It's an absolute steal for what you get"

    Anonymous, MD (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "All around this continues to be the best performance car for the money out there."

    Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    "If you want a car that's comfortable, can get out of its own way and is sophisticated, this is the car if you can't afford an Audi or Porsche. Yes, it's a little small, but few automakers bother to put a package like this together."

    Stephen H., MI (2018 Volkswagen GTI)

    Would you buy this car again?

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    Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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