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Volkswagen GTI

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3.25 (Good)

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Generations

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI is a compact performance hatchback with room for five. This front-wheel-drive model comes with a potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a limited-slip differential, which make the GTI a true track pleaser.

2015 - 2019 Volkswagen GTI

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Volkswagen GTI

Major changes included:

This year, the GTI comes with a new 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, this time producing 210 horsepower. The $1,495 Performance Package adds 10 horsepower, along with bigger brakes and a limited-slip differential. A six-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional. Read more »

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2010 - 2014 Volkswagen GTI

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Volkswagen GTI

Major changes included:

The GTI is available as a two-door or four-door, with a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, (DSG), which allows the driver to shift sequentially, without doing the clutch work, via paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever itself. An... Read more »

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2007 - 2009 Volkswagen GTI

3/4 Front Glamour 2009 Volkswagen GTI

Major changes included:

The GTI comes as a two-door hatchback, with a 200 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, or DSG. It comes with an extensive list of standard equipment including well-bolstered seats with Interlagos plaid cloth insets, blue-tinted glass, xenon high-intensity gas-discharge headlamps with washers,... Read more »

2007 | 2008 | 2009

1999 - 2006 Volkswagen GTI

3/4 Front Glamour 2006 Volkswagen GTI

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1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006

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