Volkswagen GTI Models and GTI History

Volkswagen GTI was virtually unchanged for 1998, with minor updates being made to upper trim levels and the VR6 getting a complete makeover. Remote keyless entry was made standard for this model year. The Volkswagen GTI was offered with two models for 1999, the third and fourth-generation, with a restyled and smoother GTI for the fourth-generation being more attractive. The GLS Turbo model debuted in 2000, boasting 150 horses. New side mark lights, trunk entrapment buttons, cup holders and head-protecting airbags were the big news for 2001. The GLS and GLX trims were gone with the wind for 2002, with a new 180 hp turbo engine available and an upgraded VR6 engine with double-clutch that boasted 200 horses under the hood.

 

Volkswagen upped the warranty to four-years/50,000-miles bumper-to-bumper, up from two years/24,000 miles this year, too. In 2003, stability control with BrakeAssist was added and backlit buttons were made standard. The 237 hp R32 debuted in 2004, marking the big news for that year. Model years 2005-2006 featured only updates to upper trim levels. Updated wheel styles, lowered riding height, a tire pressure monitoring system and iPod integration were the major updates for 2007.

 

Trim level updates for 2008 and the addition of the Rabbit GTI in 2009 rounded out the changes for these model years. A redesigned Volkswagen GTI debuted in 2010, offering a sleeker style, improved performance and new luxury features. Model years 2011-2013 only saw subtle changes following the redesign. The only update for 2014 was the discontinuation of the two-door model.

New and Used GTI Prices, Volkswagen GTI Model Years and History

A performance compact, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI hatchback, available in three-door and five-door body styles, is known to handle lightly and grips corners.
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 5 / 5
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 5 / 5
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 5.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

Relatively unchanged for 2013, the Volkswagen GTI is a FWD performance compact hatchback available in three-door and five-door trim levels.
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 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 3.5
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

The 2012 Volkswagen GTI is a FWD performance compact hatchback available in three-door and five-door trim levels.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

A compact performance hatch, the 2011 Volkswagen GTI is a blend of superior handling and ergonomics, making it an overall automotive gem.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A sport compact with room for five, the 2010 Volkswagen GTI has been totally redesigned for the new year and is available with two or four doors.
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 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
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A performance-oriented hatchback, the 2009 Volkswagen GTI features versatility, sporty handling and high-quality interior appointments.
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 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

A sporty hatchback available in two or four-door bodystyles, the 2008 Volkswagen GTI is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 200 hp, and is offered with a manual or VW's DSG gearbox.
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 3 / 5
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 5 / 5
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 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2007 Volkswagen GTI is a sporty hatchback available with two or four-doors and a choice between a six-speed manual or the DSG transmission.
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 2 / 5
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 5 / 5
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 2 / 5
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A sporty version of the Golf and with two less doors, the 2006 Volkswagen GTI is a two-door hatchback with a 180 hp 1.8T engine under the hood.
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The 2005 Volkswagen GTI is a sporty two-door hatchback that seats five passengers and is available with a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.8L six-cylinder engine.
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The sportier version of the Golf, the 2004 Volkswagen GTI is a two-door hatchback with room for five passengers and a choice between a 180 hp 1.8T turbo four-cylinder or a 200 hp 2.8L V6.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The sportier version of the Golf, the 2003 Volkswagen GTI is a compact two-door hatchback available with a 180 hp or 200 hp engine and an automatic or manual transmission.
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 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A two-door compact sporty variant of the Golf, the 2002 Volkswagen GTI seats five passengers and is available with either a 1.8L turbocharged engine or a 2.8L V6.
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The sportier version of the popular Golf, the 2001 Volkswagen GTI is a two-door compact hatchback that seats five passengers and is available with a 150 hp four-cylinder or a 174 hp V6.
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 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2000 Volkswagen GTI is a two-door compact hatchback that offers a more spirited driving characteristic and more aggressive styling over the standard Golf on which it is based.
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Braking
 3.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

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