Relatively unchanged for 2013, the Volkswagen GTI is a FWD performance compact hatchback available in three-door and five-door trim levels. The GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds. Transmissions consists of a base 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed DSG® automatic transmission. Fuel mileage is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. A cross differential system and track tuned suspension enable the GTI to handle light and grip corners. Features include bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel, keyless access with push button start, leather seats, navigation system, touch-screen stereo and hands-free phone capability. Safety is comprised electronic stability control (ESC), Intelligent Crash Response, six airbags with side curtain protection, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and hydraulic brake assist (HBA). The GTI is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2013 Volkswagen GTI carries over from 2012 virtually unchanged. The only minor differences include new wheels for mid-level trims, as well as a golf-ball shift knob offered on some of the model line.
Athletic, responsive driving feel; straightforward, practical, and spacious interior layout; excellent DSG transmission; great steering and handling; impressive fuel economy; affordable performance
The Volkswagen GTI offers up strong performance, yet it has essentially the same space-efficient interior layout of the Golf hatchback--and that's a major asset for those who need to use the GTI as a daily driver. It's also a very strong performer while also offering impressive fuel economy, of up to 33 mpg highway. Pricing and value are also major selling points for the GTI compared to most other small sporty hatchbacks. With a bottom-line base price of less than $25,000, the GTI doesn't cost all that much more than economy-minded small hatchbacks, yet it offers a sportier, more exclusive look--as well as a good list of standard features and a more athletic driving feel.
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