The GTI is back in 2010 with a strong performing car to the VW line up. The GTI is the same car that many people refer to as the Golf, but with a more sporty design and motor. This car offers a great deal of fuel economy in a very fun to drive package. With over 200 horsepower coming from a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, the GTI brings plenty of power to a small package as well.
This car is not a racecar by any means, but it does offer plenty of power and enough oomph to really make it a blast to drive. The GTI comes in a 2 door coupe and a 4 door sedan. Both models use the same engine and offer similar interior accommodations. The base GTI starts at $23, 690 so this is not does not offer as much value as the Jetta when it comes to its price point, but the GTI does offer a lot of great features in a small sporty hatchback form. The VW GTI brings a very cool new design in 2010 that will be sure to turn heads.
Bodystyles: Three-door and five-door hatchback
Transmissions: Six-speed manual, 6-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Engines: 2.5L I-5, 2.0L I-4 diesel, 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Models: 2.5, TDI, GTI
Besides its revised exterior, which features updates most notably to its front end, along with its spruced-up interior, the 2010 model year GTI also receives touchscreen controls for both audio and Bluetooth.
The GTI's Mark VI revamp brings new styling that is edgier, a bit wider and less bubbly than the previous generation model. The front end features a new grille and cleaner appearance and the rear integrates a subtle roof spoiler and diffuser-type rear valence.
Inside, little is changed from the previous generation, using a similar clean, clear layout of instruments and controls. Materials are high-quality standard equipment includes a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and an auxiliary input jack.
Performance & Handling
The GTI is the enthusiast's choice with a sport-tuned suspension and 200-horsepower turbocharged engine. We found the GTI to be a perfectly balanced blend between performance and refinement. It's not going to win any drag races with its competition, but it will likely outhandle them when the going gets twisty.
Front, side curtain and side thorax airbags are standard for the driver and front passenger, side thorax airbags are optional for rear passengers. Traction and stability control are also standard equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual); 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway (automatic)
- Upscale interior feel
- Refined performance
- Relatively fuel efficient
You Won't Like
- Could use a slight power bump
Simply the best in its class
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