Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI series offers an affordable and well-made option for those looking for performance as well as economy. As a long-running model, the GTI expects to fare well both in new sales and as a used car.

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Volkswagen GTI Origins

The early 1900s saw a massive push by forward thinking people and companies into the virtually brand-new automotive industry. Both in the U.S. and in Europe brilliant engineers and planners created the predecessors of the cars, trucks, and SUVs consumers enjoy today. The Volkswagen company provides no exception. This company had a bit of a late start compared to some of the American companies with its doors opening in 1938 at a brand-new plant.

World War II brought some changes to the plant, and the people there received orders to make armaments for the German army. Thousands of people were forced to work in the plant, such as prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners.

Fortunately, following the war, when Volkswagen came under the responsibility of the British Military Government, the company turned its attention back to building cars and the famous Beetle came into production in 1945.

Since that time, the designers and engineers of Volkswagen have continued to offer all kinds of cars and vans for the public. In addition to the Volkswagen Beetle car and van, the company also produces the GTI. This series has become one of Volkswagen’s most popular models.

About the Volkswagen GTI

The one thing Volkswagen has been known for since the beginning is producing affordable cars and vehicles people can rely on. With the GTI series, it continues this tradition. Over its years of production, there have been a variety of changes made to the series, but it has always been known for its reliability and driver-friendly features. The GTI, in its earliest form, often receives credit for bringing the hatchback craze to the American public. With it comes a new appreciation for the smaller and more fuel-efficient car options.

The GTI series from Volkswagen draws on the Rabbit and Golf series also produced by the German carmaker. With the GTI series, however, Volkswagen chooses to experiment a bit by adding more powerful engines and shaper suspension systems to boost the power and performance of the car. The result has been an overwhelming success, especially among Volkswagen fans.

Volkswagen GTI Features

The modern Volkswagen GTI makes another appearance as a performance model of the Golf. Much like in past generations, the GTI comes equipped to provide drivers with higher speeds and better performance than the more sedate Golf series. This model also offers a reasonable price tag compared to other hatchbacks with this kind of performance and powertrain. Interested buyers will find the GTI available in two- and four-door body styles as well as two trim levels, the base and the Autobauhn.

The base model features a variety of very nice standard amenities such as a sport suspension system, full power accessories, and cruise control. This model also features a trip computer, an eight-speaker sound system complete with a CD player, and heated front seats. The upgraded Autobahn naturally has all of those features and several more. This version comes equipped with 18-inch wheels, an upgraded sound system, and keyless entry and ignition.

Both the base and the Autobahn remain similar under the hood. Volkswagen has given these cars a turbo 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine. A standard six-speed manual transmission couples with the motor. It also offers an optional six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission or DSG for short.

Volkswagen GTI Evolution

Used car buyers can most likely find the GTI available from the fourth generation to the current one. The fourth generation saw production from 1999 to 2006. These cars come equipped with a 2.0-liter engine in its GLS trim level. This model offers either a manual or automatic transmission. The GLX differs a bit with a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that pairs with a manual transmission system only.

The fifth generation debuted in the middle of the 2006 model year and continued until 2010 when the sixth generation began. For the fifth generation, Volkswagen equips with GTI with a turbo charge, four-cylinder motor. Buyers can also choose from a standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional DSG transmission system. This generation only comes in the two-door body style for the first year of production. By the 2007 model year, the four-door version joined the lineup again.

While the past versions of the GTI provide good choices for a used car purchase, since the models vary so much, buyers must pay attention to the various aspects of each generation and model year.

Select a Volkswagen GTI Year

2018 Volkswagen GTI

Compact, Hatchback

2017 Volkswagen GTI

Compact, Hatchback, Sports

2016 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

2015 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

2014 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

2013 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2013 Volkswagen GTI is a very attractive hatchback that boasts the front fascia and overall design of a sports car.

2012 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

VW simplifies the GTI range for 2012, reducing options packages for both two- and four-door models to Convenience and Autobahn packages, with available Sunroof and Navigation.

2011 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2011 Volkswagen GTI is a sporty, sophisticated, and versatile hatchback.

2010 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

Besides its revised exterior, which features updates most notably to its front end, along with its spruced-up interior, the 2010 model year GTI also receives touchscreen controls for both audio and Bluetooth.

2009 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

2008 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2008 Volkswagen GTI is the best to come along in some time.

2007 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

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.

2006 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2006 Volkswagen GTI models phased out one of its optional trim levels in lieu of an improved base model version.

2005 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2005 Volkswagen GTI comes in one body style with two submodels available.

2004 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback has been a staple of the brand for decades.

2003 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2003 Volkswagen GTI is an upgraded hatchback version of the Golf line of vehicles.

2002 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2002 Volkswagen GTI offers a great deal of value in a small package.

2001 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The spunky 2001 Volkswagen GTI is packed with sportier engines, sharper handling ability, and a niftier exterior design.

2000 Volkswagen GTI

Hatchback, Sports

The 2000 Volkswagen GTI is a performance-enhanced version of the Golf Mk4, which in itself was a significant car in its class.