Volkswagen Prices 2015 GTI


The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback's performance variant — the Golf GTI — will go on sale in June for the 2015 model year starting at $25,215, including an $820 destination charge. That's only around $200 more than the previous generation's starting price for what the German automaker promises will be a bigger, roomier, faster, lighter and more fuel-efficient car with upgraded standard features. We first got a glimpse of both the 2015 Golf and GTI last year at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI at the 2013 New York Auto Show

That starting price is for the entry-level S trim two-door with a six-speed manual transmission mated to a turbocharged, direct-injected engine good for 210 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, up 10 hp and 51 pounds-feet, respectively. New standard features include driving-mode select, VW Car-Net connected services, touch-screen radio, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights and LED fog lights.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


The Volkswagen Golf R, the performance hatchback based on the seventh-generation Golf and GTI, won't reach dealerships until next year, but we're getting an early look at it here at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unique gaping bumpers distinguish the Golf R from the GTI. Other exterior features of the Golf R — newly offered only as a four-door hatchback, though VW showed off the two-door model at the show — include xenon high-intensity headlights with horseshoe-ringed LED daytime running lights, standard 18-inch alloy wheels and quad exhaust pipes.

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Inside features include a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel; new color choices; R badging; sport seats and a 5.8-inch touch-screen. Under the hood of the all-wheel-drive Golf R is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 290 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque (a big boost for both measures) and pairs with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The latter is good for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 5 seconds. Meanwhile fuel economy improves by 4 mpg to 31 mpg with the manual. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI Video


When the 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI make their way to the U.S. early next year, they'll look familiar to visiting Europeans, whose continent already has enjoyed both for a while. Then again, they'll also look familiar to anyone stateside who's seen the previous versions of both compact hatchbacks. Getting an up-close peek at the Golf and GTI performance variants at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, reviewer Kelsey Mays was disappointed VW didn't do more to differentiate the new models from their predecessors' appearance.

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That's not to say nothing's changed, of course. Both cars are lighter, longer, wider and more fuel efficient while preserving the interior quality, comfort and technological advancement that's made them so well-regarded overseas. Watch the video below for more of Mays' on-the-scene critique.

By Matt Schmitz | April 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen GTI: Photo Gallery


We're not likely to see it at the dealership in calendar year 2013, but when the 2015 Volkswagen GTI does arrive, we expect the hot hatch to deliver high performance at a lower cost. That's thanks to production of both it and the 2015 Golf — debuting this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show — heading to Mexico; production thousands of miles closer should mean thousands of dollars in savings.

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The GTI offers the highest of three revised Golf engines, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for 210 horsepower and mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Sport seats with a plaid cloth pattern, a black headliner and red ambient lighting, along with stainless-steel pedals, trim and shift knob, punctuate the sporty point.

Check out the gallery below. photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Geneva International Motor Show: 2014 Volkswagen GTI Preview

Volkswagen has unveiled the latest incarnation of its iconic GTI hot hatch ahead of the March 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. In keeping with VW's tradition of updating the Golf on which the GTI is based, the new car is an evolution of the old one, with subtle changes and improvements to powertrains, fuel economy and driving dynamics. The models unveiled in Geneva are the European-spec vehicles; the U.S.-spec cars have not yet been announced, but this is a good peek into what we could expect here.

By Aaron Bragman | February 28, 2013 | Comments (0) Podcast: 2010 Jaguar XFR Versus 2010 VW GTI

OK, we’re kidding. Editors Mike Hanley and Kelsey Mays didn’t actually pit these two high-performance trims against each other — they just talk about the pros and cons in this week’s podcast. Especially interesting is the fact that both the Jaguar XFR and VW GTI could be serviceable daily drivers.

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By David Thomas | February 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

2010 Volkswagen GTI at 2009 New York Auto Show


  • Competes with: Mini Cooper S, Mazdaspeed3, Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Looks like: VW showed a lot of restraint when styling its performance hatch
  • Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic; front-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2009

Volkswagen's performance-oriented GTI hatchback receives styling updates inside and out for 2010, but its turbocharged drivetrain lives on from the previous model. When it hits dealerships in the fall, it will be available in two- and four-door hatchback form.

Typical of VW performance models, there aren't any overly done exterior modifications to separate the GTI from the less powerful Golf. There are, however, a number of small tweaks that help give the car its own look. The front-end styling is more imposing thanks to a large mesh lower grille and a thin mesh upper grille that's highlighted by red striping and a GTI badge. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 18-inch rims are optional. In another change from the previous GTI, the car's dual tailpipes are set apart from each other near the edges of the bumper, whereas before they exited the bumper together.

Front bucket seats with large side bolsters go into the GTI's cabin, which also features a meaty steering wheel with red stitching. There's more red thread on the gear selector and parking brake handle, and the cabin also features new door interiors, new gauges and a new center control panel that houses the optional navigation system.

The changes keep the GTI contemporary in terms of its looks, but I'm surprised VW didn't take the opportunity to give it a little more power to keep pace with some of its competitors.More photos below.

By Mike Hanley | April 9, 2009 | Comments (4)

2008 Paris Auto Show: 2010 VW GTI


  • Competes with: Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Mazdaspeed3
  • Looks like: An economy car with mischief on its mind
  • Drivetrain: 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or DSG transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Late summer, early fall 2009

If you like your compact sports hatchbacks to have plaid seats, then the 2010 VW GTI is your car. Based on the next-generation Rabbit (formerly the Golf), which we wrote about earlier here, the GTI is the high-performance version we’ve grown fond of here at

The new GTI looks radically different, with a revised front end. It seems VW is shying away from the huge, big-mouth grilles it borrowed from its corporate cousins at Audi. Overall we like the new look, but the fog lights could definitely stand to be better integrated into the lower bumper.

Under the hood is a revised version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s used by most other VW models. Here it puts out 210 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque for a zero to 60 time that’s just under 7 seconds.

New is an electronic limited-slip differential that helps keep the car’s front wheels planted to the ground.

Check out more photos below and let us know if this GTI does more for you than the last generation.

By David Thomas | October 2, 2008 | Comments (9)

Volkswagen Recalls 340,000 Jettas, GTIs, Rabbits


On Friday, Volkswagen announced it was recalling 340,000 cars due to faulty headlights. Jetta, Rabbit, GTI and R32 cars from the 2005-2008 model years are included in the recall. As of today, any owner can bring their car in to get the problem fixed.

Faulty headlights can be a hazard in night or daytime driving. No injuries have been reported, and concerned owners can call 1-800-822-8987 for more information.

Volkswagen Recalls 340,000 Cars (CNNMoney)

By David Thomas | October 1, 2007 | Comments (5) Faceoff: Cheap Speed, the Sequel


Last year, the all-new Volkswagen GTI bested the then-aging Mini Cooper and the new Honda Civic Si in one of our most popular faceoffs to date. Today, Mike Hanley, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder took last year’s champ and put it against a redesigned Mini Cooper and a newcomer, the Mazdaspeed3. Which affordable, accelerator-friendly hatchback won out? Click below. 

Cars.comparison: Small and Fast, Take II

By David Thomas | May 2, 2007 | Comments (6)

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