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2000 Volkswagen GTI Review
Small package, big power.
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The 2000 Volkswagen GTI is a performance-enhanced version of the Golf Mk4, which in itself was a significant car in its class. The history of the GTI variant can be traced back to 1983, when the Volkswagen Rabbit GTI was introduced and created a completely new segment. Today, the GTI is one of the leaders of the segment it created: the performance-enhanced family car. The aim of the 2000 Volkswagen GTI is to not only provide a good and fun driving experience, but to also offer premium luxury features inside.
Engines: 1.8-liter I-4, 2.0-liter I-4, 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen GTI GLS, Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.9T, Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6
The 2000 Volkswagen GTI is now available in a new model: the GLS 1.8T turbo model that gets a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. This midrange model has been introduced to bridge the gap between the base model GLS and the top-end GLX model. The car also gets a new theft deterrent system for this model year that cuts off the engine unless it reads and recognizes the proper electronic code on the ignition key. The GTI GLX model gets a new eight-channel and 200-watt Monsoon stereo sound system as standard. This new system will be available as an option for other models. A truck-mounted six-CD changer is also available as an option. All models of the 2000 Volkswagen GTI now feature automatic power door locks, cassette player, and air-conditioning as standard features.
The 2000 Volkswagen GTI uses the same A4 platform used by the Volkswagen Golf. Both cars use a front-wheel-drive system, and it shares similar interiors, engines, and exterior styling. The exterior styling of the 2000 Volkswagen GTI retains many aspects faithful to its previous versions, except for some arched styling themes that were first seen in the Mk4 Passat. The 2000 Volkswagen GTI has a wheelbase of around 99 inches and a length of 163.3 inches. The width of the GTI is 68.3 inches, and its height Is 56.7 inches. This means that the car is around a foot shorter than the Honda Civic Sedan.
Despite the fact that the 2000 Volkswagen GTI is shorter than a Honda Civic, it offers almost as much interior space as the sedan. Headroom and legroom are exceptional in front as compared to other models in its class. Even the models with an optional sunroof have generous space. The seats in front are also supportive and firm. The space at the rear, however, is the same as that of any subcompact car. The legroom and headroom are just about enough for occupants below six feet in height, but the bench is not wide enough to accommodate three people comfortable or uncomfortably. The cargo room offered by the 2000 Volkswagen GTI is very large for its class and even bigger than the space offered by a Honda Civic sedan. With the 60/40 split-fold rear bench, the car offers the classic versatility of a hatchback.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Volkswagen GTI is available with three engines. The first one is a two-liter, straight-four engine that is standard in the GTI GLS model. This engine delivers 115 horsepower. The next powerful engine is a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower and is used in the midrange GLS 1.8T. The top-end GLX VR6 uses a 2.8-liter engine that delivers 172 horsepower. All models are available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged straight-four engine is probably the best combination of performance and fuel efficiency. It offers lively performance and lag-free acceleration. The V-6 engine, of course, offers the best performance but fails a little in terms of fuel economy. The base straight-four engine is a little underperforming.
There is no government crash test data on the 2000 Volkswagen GTI at present.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen GTI, manual: 24/31 mpg city/highway
- Lots of fun to drive
- Comfortable interior
- Versatility of a hatchback
- Packed with features
You Won't Like
- Underperforming base engine
- Slightly problematic handling
Small package, big power.
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