2010 Volkswagen GTI

  • 2010 Volkswagen GTI Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,465
  • 2010 Volkswagen GTI Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,070
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2010 Volkswagen GTI Review

Hot hatchback with posh interior and capable driving dynamics

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Volkswagen GTI is a compact hatchback that is available in two- and four-door configurations. Outfitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four engine, the Volkswagen GTI offers a choice of a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) dual-clutch automated manual transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

Boasting fun and exhilarating driving, the Volkswagen GTI is athletic, speedy, and attractive. In addition, the GTI is also fuel efficient when compared to other cars in its class, with a 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway EPA rating. The GTI's posh cabin materials are of the highest quality and road handling is smooth and competent, while crash test scores are top-notch.

New for 2010

Redesigned for 2010, the Volkswagen GTI boasts new exterior and interior styling, along with higher quality cabin materials and touch-screen controls for both audio and Bluetooth.

Essentials

Engines: 2.5L I-5, 2.0L I-4 diesel, 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: Six-speed manual, 6-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Body Styles: Hatchback
Trim: Base

On the Outside

With new styling that is edgier, wider, and not as frilly as previously, the Volkswagen GTI 's front end features a new grille and cleaner appearance, while the rear-end integrates a roof spoiler and diffuser-type rear valence.

From the Inside

Within the Volkswagen GTI's interior, little changed from previous models, and it still deports a clean, clear instrument and control design. Standard are high-quality materials, including a tilting, telescoping steering wheel and an auxiliary input jack.

Driving Performance

With a sport-tuned suspension and 200-horsepower turbocharged engine, the Volkswagen GTI is the enthusiast's choice because it exhibits a perfect balance of performance and refinement.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Volkswagen GTI includes front, side curtain and side thorax airbags for the driver and front passenger, while side thorax airbags are optional for rear passengers. Traction and stability control are also standard.

Gas Mileage

21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual); 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway (automatic)

Plusses

  • Sophisticated interior
  • Great ride and handling
  • Good gas mileage

Minuses

  • Not the fastest in class

Rating

Hot hatchback with posh interior and capable driving dynamics

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