Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Volkswagen GTI OVERVIEW
Originally intended as a limited-edition model, this sporty hatchback is now in its sixth generation and due for a major redesign for 2015. Yet its interior quality is still superior to many of its competitors in the same price range, while ride quality and comfort are excellent. The 2014 GTI still has lots to offer to enthusiasts who prefer to be actively involved in every aspect of driving.
What's New for 2014
Rather than adding new features for this model year, Volkswagen has scaled back on the GTI’s variations by offering only the four-door body style and limiting color choices to white, gray or black.
Choosing Your Volkswagen GTI
There are two trim levels for the 2014 GTI, both equipped with the same turbocharged 2-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The only choice here is which transmission you’ll choose:
The standard six-speed manual transmission achieves fuel economy in the range of 25 mpg for combined driving.
The available six-speed automated manual functions either as an automatic transmission or as a manual through the use of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This transmission also includes a launch-control system that provides smooth acceleration. Estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg in combined driving.
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