"I purchased my GTI in February 2013 and currently have 7500 miles on it. I am really enjoying it. It's less horsepower than my previous car (Saab) but very fun to drive. The turbo helps and it has really nice steering and handling. It hugs the road and feels very stable taking turns at higher speeds.
The interior is also very nice - the red stitching and plaid seats give it some personality. Two features that I think should be standard on this car but are not include - radio controls mounted on the steering wheel and automatic climate control. I miss both, particularly the steering wheel mounted radio controls.
That being said, I could not be happier with this car."
Cons: "Cannot think of anything bad about the GTI"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"If you are in the market for a fun car that can serve as a daily driver and great utility, then this is the car for you. On the freeway it is fantastic, it has the horsepower to get you into a tight fit and do it in a hurry but that is nothing compared to what it can do in the twisty bits, it can corner on rails and has plenty of torque to accelerate through the apex with very little turbo lag. BTW, the max torque shows up at just 1750 RPMs! The seats are great, holds you in place nicely and are very comfortable on long trips. I have the bi-xenon lights that light up the sky! I got as many options as I could up to but not including the leather seats, the plaid is just, well, GTI what else can be said. I also have the six speed manual gearbox, would not have it any other way, it is butter smooth and allows me much more control of the car. I cannot speak highly enough about the GTI, it is for the money, a phenom! The fit and finish is miles above the competition. I looked at the Mazda Speed 3 and the Ford Focus STI, both have some things that are better, but overall, neither comes close to the GTI. If you are considering a new purchase, don't walk, run and get yourself into one of these, you will not have any regrets!"
"When the Golf GTI came out in the late 1970s it was a game changer. It was the first of its kind, a new breed. They called it a Hot Hatch. Its agile short chassis could out handle some of the best sports cars of the time, not to mention out accelerate. It was well made, fuel efficient, beautifully made, and most of all a pleasure to drive. Through the years though Volkswagen lost sight of what made the GTI great. They forgot that it was a drivers car.
In 2005 VW had a change of heart with the new Mk5 GTI. It was a rebirth for the brand. And they did it. It received car of the year from many coveted sources including Top Gear (Uk). It really doesn't get much better than that. Short after that they gave the car a new body and upgraded nearly everything to create the Mk6.
Now that the history lesson is over, lets get down to business. The Mk6 spanned from 2010-14 in the US. It features one of THE best 4-cylinder engines very made. Its a brilliant 2.0 200bhp little rascal. Amazingly this car with a weight of 3,300 lbs can accelerate to 60 in 6.3 seconds with a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox Auto). Being able to do that with a mere 200bhp is an amazing feat.
The interior is one you would find in a car that is much more expensive. In truth i've yet to be in any car under $50,000 that has materials that are as well made as this GTI. Everything is thought out so well that it just makes sense. You never fumble around looking for switches or knobs, they are just where you expect them to be.
There are some negatives however. Its brakes are subpar for this performance car. They have almost zero feedback and feel very mushy. It stops well, don't get me wrong, but you don't have the confidence to brake late that you would in say a Mini Cooper S, or Ford Focus ST. Its stopping distance is also longer than its main competitors. Handling is also softer and less responsive than the Focus ST. This has been done on purpose because Volkswagen sells the GTI to a wide range of people from young boy racers to your more mature buyer who wants a pleasant ride.
GTI's emergence changed the world of cars when it erupted out of Wolfsburg in the 70s. It inspired countless spin offs and forced the rest of the automakers to really turn of perforce and quality while keeping costs down. This new model is a worthy successor to the namesake. It may not be the fastest or most hardcore of its rifles but that is why its perfect. Its refined luxury with the heart and soul of a supercar. You would be hard-pressed to find a more complete and perfect car as this, at any price range."
"Traded my 2009 GTI w/80k miles for the 2013 R. Loved the GTI but wanted the increased hp and the awd that the R offered. Understated power-machine (proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing). Raced against my '07 Cayman S a couple of times and the R gave the Porsche a run for the money. Potent, well-balanced engine, wunderbar 6-speed and very precise steering. A street-legal go-kart. Simply a superior product."
"Where to start. I have been driving VW vehicles for years now. This is actually my third GTI and have had a few Audi's as well.
When it comes to reliability there is no need to worry. Being a VW, prices for maintenance are not high surprisingly, very easy to work on, and will give you relief knowing it won't let you down.
The MK6 generation in my humble opinion is one of THE best looking GTI models that has been released. That was actually my first draw to the vehicle. It has a very aggressive look from the front and rear. And every body line starts at one corner of the vehicle and can be followed all the way around the car. Something that I love. Compared to the MK7 which has body lines that just drop off in random places and end suddenly. Not to mention the amount of customization you can do to make the car look that much more unique (ie. LED tails, Xenon headlights, R bumpers, etc.)
Inside the vehicle is very well equipped with bluetooth, optional RNS headunits, sunroof, and interlagos/leather depending on the edition GTI. Mine is constantly streaming Spotify through the bluetooth via my Premium 8 headunit. And not to mention the hands free wheel controls for any phone calls and music controls. I could not live without that now. My GTI in particular has the interlagos as well, and I love the look of it. Actually, everyone that has ever seen it or been in my car has complimented it. Heated seats are a great touch especially in the Chicago winters. The "bucket" style seats up front are very comfortable and have lots of adjustment, however I feel the bolstering is a little too wide so hard cornering does make you slide in the seat a little unless you have an extremely wide back and huge thighs to keep you hugged and planted. The rear offers plenty of room for my son's Recaro seat and the 60/40 split is a great feature to give you plenty of cargo room for hauling boxes or small furniture. I'm still amazed at how much room there is inside. Something that I started noticing a week into driving is how quiet it is compared to all the previous models and other makes. There is A LOT of sound deadening and reduced whistle noise at high speeds thanks to redesigned mirrors and doors. Along with that, I kept finding more and more storage compartments and cup/bottle holders all over the front. So, if you like to keep a lot of stuff in your vehicle there is definitely adequate room for everything. Also, having 4+ star crash ratings overall was another selling point for me. You can definitely feel the rigidity of the vehicle with the extra steel in the pillars and the seam welded roof. I dare you to open any door on this car, and stand on the window frame or even the door handle/controls and jump on it. The door won't go anywhere. Do that with any other competition car and you'll see a quality difference without a doubt. Trust me, I've done it...
The power delivery from the 2.0 is more than enough stock. And you can definitely feel the torque as well. And with some simple APR modifications you can definitely have a FWD hot hatch that can keep up or walk away from V8 counterparts in totally different leagues. It's a great feeling and no one would suspect it from such a small hatch. Definitely a sleeper vehicle with the right driver.
Overall the car has been great to me. I love the customization you can achieve with the vehicle while still keeping the reliability. The comfort inside has been great and you feel safe and cocooned in your little shell. I've gotten to know many people in the VW community thanks to this car. Anyone from their teens and some married couples in their 50s who just want a fun and economical car. You can't put this vehicle with a certain demographic because, well, everyone I've came across loves it. Try one out, I can almost certainly guarantee that you'll find some attachment to the vehicle and want to take it home."