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The Volkswagen Gran Turismo Injection (GTI) was really the "original" hot hatchback, as it was released in 1976 as a trim level for the Golf. The GTI is still essentially still an upgraded Golf, as it enters the 2013 model year, but it is now considered its own model. The 2013 model year is basically a carryover year for the GTI, but there are a few minor changes afoot for this performance hatchback.
The changes for the 2013 model year include new rims to separate the mid-level trims from the high-level trims and a ball-shaped shifter knob on certain trim levels, giving the GTI a retro look and feel. All 2013 GTI models feature a 2.0-liter 16-valave TSI engine that pumps out a respectable 200 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. The engine connects to a standard six-speed manual transmission, but there is the option of a DSG dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. With the manual transmission, the GTI hits 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds and gets 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The DSG transmission gets it to 60 mph slightly quicker, and nets it 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The 2013 GTI comes in four trim levels: 2-Door, 4-Door, 2-Door Autobahn and 4-Door Autobahn. The 2-Door and 4-Door models are basically base models of their respective format, offering the sporty look of a two-door model or the ease of access provided by a four-door model. The Autobahn trim levels add a touch of class to the GTI, by way of upgraded cabin materials, exclusive wheels and better audio.
The 2-Door trim level is the base mode for the 2013 GTI and features only the basic amenities that a buyer would expect from a performance hatchback. The GTI 2-Door handles and brakes very well, thanks to its four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electromechanical power steering, sport-tuned suspension, stability control, limited-slip differential, and the red-accented calipers help add a little extra sportiness to the hatchback’s design. A six-speed manual transmission hooked up to the high-output 2.0-liter engine gives the driver better control over the GTI. The GTI 2-Door keeps the driver entertained, via its eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with AUX-in, iPod cable and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming, and its standard air conditioning, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and eight-way manual-adjust driver seat assure that maximum comfort is obtained.
The 2-Door Autobahn trim level may sound like a hopped up version of the base model, but it really only adds in luxury items and performs the same as the base model. On the outside, the Autobahn takes the base features from the 2-Door trim and spruces it up a bit with a set of 18-inch Serron alloy wheels and a moonroof to enjoy those warm summer days. Also added to the outside are bi-xenon HID headlights for improved nighttime vision and LED lights to catch the attention of oncoming traffic in the daytime. On the inside, the Autobahn adds a little extra oomph to the auto system, via a premium Dynaudio sound system with 300 watts of power. This stereo is simple to control, thanks to a multi-function steering wheel that features audio controls, plus controls for cruise and Bluetooth. The seats keep you in extreme comfort, as they are wrapped up in black leather, but for some odd reason, VW used faux leather – AKA “leatherette” – on the door panels. Lastly, you get and RNS 315 touchscreen navigation to help you find your way around.
The 4-Door trim level acts just like the base 2-Door trim level, only it has four doors for easier access. It also has a few other features above and beyond the 2-Door model. On the outside, the 2-Door and 4-Door models are completely identical, sans the two extra doors that the 4-Door model has. Inside the cabin, the 4-Door model adds in: Passenger occupant detection system to better protect the rear passengers, automatic locking seatbelt retractors to keep the passengers in place in the event of an accident and power recline on the front seats to allow the two front passengers to easily reach a comfortable position. Why exactly the 4-Door model has the extra features is really unknown, but VW obviously saw the need to add in these features.
The 2013 GTI 4-Door Autobahn carries over the majority of the 4-Door’s trimming, but adds in some extra luxury by the way of bi-xenon HID headlights, which offer brighter and more direct beams for better nighttime vision. A set of LED daytime running lights keep you safe by allowing oncoming drivers to notice you, even in the daytime. A set 18-inch Serron alloy rims with all-season rubber and a power sunroof round out the exterior additions, giving it a sharp appearance. Inside the GTI’s cabin, the Autobahn trim level kicks up the entertainment value a notch by adding in a 300-watt Dynaudio stereo system with steering-wheel-mounted controls. Eight-way sport seats wrapped up in black leather keep you and your passengers comfortable and navigation keeps you from getting lost. On top of the audio controls, the sport steering wheel also houses controls for the standard cruise control and your Bluetooth phone.
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|Build & Price|
2015 Volkswagen GTI$30,420 | 267 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$19,999 | 11,038 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$21,421 | 23,740 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$21,850 | 16,784 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$22,298 | 13,125 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$23,000 | 13,943 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$23,991 | 23,043 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$23,992 | 19,566 mi
2013 Volkswagen GTI$24,375 | 16,768 mi
2012 Volkswagen GTI$18,495 | 28,574 mi
2012 Volkswagen GTI$19,249 | 27,140 mi
2012 Volkswagen GTI$20,488 | 24,544 mi
2012 Volkswagen GTI$20,999 | 26,143 mi
2012 Volkswagen GTI$21,000 | 21,792 mi
2011 Volkswagen GTI$16,900 | 78,837 mi
2011 Volkswagen GTI$16,995 | 41,445 mi
2011 Volkswagen GTI$18,592 | 67,072 mi
2011 Volkswagen GTI$18,995 | 35,446 mi
2011 Volkswagen GTI$20,000 | 45,215 mi
2010 Volkswagen GTI$14,790 | 83,370 mi
2010 Volkswagen GTI$15,849 | 75,760 mi
2009 Volkswagen GTI$14,625 | 44,533 mi
2008 Volkswagen GTI$11,955 | 93,713 mi
2008 Volkswagen GTI$11,995 | 99,013 mi
2008 Volkswagen GTI$13,500 | 50,052 mi
2007 Volkswagen GTI$9,999 | 87,619 mi
2003 Volkswagen GTI$7,995 | 108,547 mi
2002 Volkswagen GTI$8,500 | 126,418 mi
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