The 2007 Volkswagen GTI has been sold in America for more than 25 years, and still represents one of the most desirable and practical hatchbacks available. It has undergone several reincarnations over the years, and although it has become bigger and heavier, still offers no less fun to drive than the original. Volkswagen keeps the styling fresh and youthful. Even though the market harbors more thrilling small coupes and hatchbacks, the GTI remains a winner because it offers plenty of room for cargo and passengers. It proves both sporty and functional and stays true to its hot-hatch reputation.
The Volkswagen GTI provides a high-performance version of the Volkswagen Golf. It features a well-designed cabin and a number of standard features often found in a luxury car. The GTI has always been considered a leader in its class, and even though it's not the most powerful or most highly tuned car available it offers excellent fuel economy, lots of interior space, and high-quality materials without a ridiculous price.
Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen GTI Fahrenheit
For 2007 Volkswagen introduces a new four-door version of the GTI, as well as a Fahrenheit trim level. Other changes remain relatively minor as 2006 more or less redesigned the GTI.
The exterior of the 2007 Volkswagen GTI looks very European and quite distinctive. Standard features include xenon HID headlights, heated outside mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Choosing the limited edition Fahrenheit adds hot orange exterior paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension. Optional extras for all GTIs include 18-inch wheels.
The interior design of the GTI looks traditional but distinctive, and it focuses on using good-quality materials. All of the seats look particularly distinctive as they include a retro-plaid print on the cloth upholstery. The sport seats feel comfortable and supportive. Although the four-door version of the 2007 Volkswagen GTI gives better access to rear seating, the front seats slide forward in the two-door versions, making it perfectly easy to get in and out. The GTI has a cargo capacity of 15 cubic feet.
Standard features include power windows, power locks, cruise control, sport front seats, a 10-speaker audio system, a 60/40-split rear seat, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Choosing the limited edition Fahrenheit trim adds heated leather sports seats and orange interior accents. Optional extras include a navigation system and satellite radio. Volkswagen also offers a couple of packages, the first of which includes a sunroof and satellite radio, while the second adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather seating to this list.
Performance & Handling
All GTIs come fitted with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. It uses front drive and a standard six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen also offers a sequential-shifting automated six-speed, which comes fitted as standard on the Fahrenheit. It can be shifted using paddles on the steering wheel or driven in fully automatic mode. The 2007 Volkswagen GTI engine makes a satisfying burbling sound which increases as you accelerate. It provides a great car for driving in urban areas, but it proves less fun to drive on the highway due to its weight.
Standard safety features for the 2007 Volkswagen GTI include side-mounted airbags for the front seats, full-length side-curtain airbags, disc brakes with ABS, and stability control. The four-door version achieves four stars out of five in frontal impacts and a five-star rating for side-impact testing. It achieves the highest possible rating for frontal-offset crash tests and side-impact crash testing. It earns the IIHS Silver award as a Top Safety Pick.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen GTI: 22/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen GTI Fahrenheit: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Interior design
- Strong engine
- Versatility of a hatchback
You Won't Like
- Curb weight
- Less than nimble handling
A great car for anyone who needs a hatchback and wants performance.
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