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2013 Volkswagen GTI Review
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The 2013 Volkswagen GTI is a very attractive hatchback that boasts the front fascia and overall design of a sports car. Although the engine does not compare to that of a sports car, the great fuel economy makes up for it.
New For 2013
The GTI is a high-performance hatchback, similar to the Golf, but more powerful. While the Golf’s top-performing engine produces 170 horsepower (hp), the GTI’s engine produces an impressive 200 hp. The GTI also has more luxurious features, such as leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob, and the choice of premium cloth- or leather-upholstered seats. While new features for the 2013 model year are limited, new features include:
- Standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine
- Auto-shift manual transmission
The exterior of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI is rather sporty-looking, with silver aluminum wheels and a lip spoiler. The performance all-season tires will take the car anywhere the driver desires. The window grid antenna is a nice touch, adding to the sporty overall impression of the exterior. The galvanized steel body of this car comes in six different clear coat monotone paint choices. All windows are light-tinted for added privacy, and a first-row sunroof is also available for an extra touch of luxury. The rear door is a lift gate cargo door, installed for added convenience when loading and unloading cargo.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the GTI presents an interesting mix of both sporty features and family-friendly features. The seats are sport seats, like a sports car, but there is a seating capacity of five occupants. The front seats are also six-way and have lumbar-support, which would not be found in a sports car.
Manual air-conditioning, air filters, and under-seat ducts provide comfort to both front and rear seat passengers. The driver is updated with information pertaining to fluid levels, tire pressure levels, service intervals, and the exterior temperature through the driver information center. The audio system is standard: an AM/FM/CD player with MP3 capability, Bluetooth compatibility, and auxiliary audio input. The Autobahn models come with steering-wheel-mounted controls for added convenience. A navigation system, standard on the Autobahn models and optional on the regular GTI models, may come in handy when travelling down unfamiliar roads.
The GTI has just over 15 cubic feet of luggage volume if fully loaded with passengers. With the seats down, this expands to 46 cubic feet of cargo carrying capacity. The two-door models are capable of carrying an impressive 1,076 pounds of cargo, while the four-door models are capable of carrying up to 997 pounds. At the end of the day, the GTI is a passenger car.
The 2013 Volkswagen GTI has a four-star rating for rollover resistance from the NHTSA. Unfortunately, no other crash test data is available for this vehicle yet. Due to this lack of crash test data, the list of standard safety equipment is our primary indicator of the GTI’s overall safety. Front- and side-impact airbags are standard, as are side-curtain airbags on the first and second row. For the safety of the passengers, airbags come equipped with an occupant-sensing system. A first aid kit is even available as an optional safety add-on.
Anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control help the driver stay in control of the vehicle, and height-adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners keep the passengers secure within the vehicle. Power door locks with two-stage unlock, along with rear child safety door locks on the four-door models, combine to ensure passenger safety. Additionally, a security system with panic alarm and ignition-disable keeps the GTI out of the wrong hands.
The GTI’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine comes paired with a six-speed, manual transmission with overdrive. A six-speed, auto-shift, manual transmission with overdrive is available as an option. This engine produces 200 horsepower (hp) and 207 lb-ft of torque. The standard turbocharger is intercooled.
This crossover is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. It comes with a strut suspension in the front and a multi-link rear suspension, both sport-tuned and supported by coil springs and gas-pressurized shocks. This means that the suspension is optimized for superior driving and handling. The sport tuning gives the vehicle tight handling, which ensures the driver has maximum control over the vehicle. The strut suspension and the gas-pressurized shocks combine to guarantee a smooth, comfortable ride, even over unpaved, bumpy roads. Front and rear anti-roll bars also improve vehicle stability while cornering or driving over irregular surfaces. The locking/limited slip differential will also help the vehicle maintain traction, especially if the driver decides to take the vehicle off-roading.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen GTI
- Subaru Impreza WRX
- Mini Cooper S