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.

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 2018 Volkswagen GTI has been recalled 2 times 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 2018 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

"Sunroof was subject to extreme rattles. Dealer replaced entire sunroof unit."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interior rattle from door panel passenger side and dash"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeak in the sunroof - fixed with no further issue"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door rattle - most probably in the window switch area on both driver and passenger side doors. Rattle is always there but only during certain deep base sounds."

Saif L., IL (2018 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

Locks and latches

"The hatch unlock mechanism and and the backup camera stopped working on the third day we had the car. We could not open the hatch from the outside. The VW emblem used to unlock the hatch also opens to reveal the backup camera, so we think that the two problems were related. The replaced a combined module to solve the problem. I couldn't find an entry in interior electronics so I used Other/Unsure to cover the backup camera display not coming up. Note that this GTI was purchased by trading in our 2015 Golf TDI under the diesel emissions scandal program."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Gas cap hatch cover trim peeled off at or about 10k. Dealer repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"On delivery the front passenger window would roll down randomly. Dealer replaced switch and problem went away."

Anonymous, NH (2018 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

"Had the alignment / driven angle worked on 3 times already - dealer has been unable to correct the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"At about 12 months, there was a knocking sound from the front passenger side suspension when going over any road imperfection. The bushings and boot were replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag light was on continuously, dealer addressed and light is out"

Anonymous, KY (2018 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Broken sensor. It took a while to find, then order. Only took about 1 hour to install and check it out. VW Service is on a steep learning curve for these devices."

Stephen H., MI (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Continuous Downstream O2 Sensor Heater fault code"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volkswagen GTI S 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

Refrigerant leaks

"AC not working since it had low refrigerant."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to have transmission output flange replaced due to a persistent leak."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen GTI SE 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 leaks

"Car developed an oil leak. Three dealership visits were required to determine and correct the specific cause. There have been no problems since it was repaired. All work was completed in a timely manner under warranty at no cost."

Bruce C., NY (2018 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

Hardware replacement

"multi-media package suddenly died and had to be replaced. All radio including Sirius, Carnet, video display screen simply stopped working. Control module was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen GTI SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

Brakes

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jun 01, 2018
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
What should you do:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.
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: 18V369000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10225
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