Volkswagen Golf GTI

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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI What's new for 2016? 
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2016 Golf gains a new MIB II infotainment audio system with VW Car-Net App-Connect technology. The system can support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Golf’s Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitor, Lane Assist and Park Assist.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI What's new for 2015? 
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2015 VW Golf is all-new, 2.5 inches longer and a half-inch wider. With 5-passenger comfort and the cargo space of a midsize sedan, the new Golf weighs almost 80 pounds less than its predecessor. It features new turbocharged engines, formally adds the GTI to the family and has on deck the Golf R performance version, the e-Golf EV and Golf SportWagen.

About Volkswagen Golf GTI

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that this vehicle's diesel engine is involved in a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act issued by the EPA to Volkswagen for producing and selling 4-cylinder diesel cars that include a software device that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) determined that these diesel cars emit up to 40 times more pollution than emission standards allow. Recalls, investigations and litigation are currently ongoing.

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is no longer just a single model – it’s become an entire model line unto itself. Beyond the well-established 2-door and 4-door Golf hatchbacks, the Golf family also includes the roomy Golf SportWagen, an electric eGolf and the performance-oriented GTI and Golf R. Redesigned last year, the Golf is the largest it has ever been, providing better rear-seat and cargo space and a smoother ride. What hasn’t change for VW’s entry-level car is its affordable base price, a choice between gasoline and diesel engines and a long list of standard and available features. Not a VW fan? The Mazda3 has less horsepower but better fuel economy, while the Hyundai Elantra GT offers a better warranty and more standard features.

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Consumer Reviews

First GTI

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,700

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Backup camera, keyless entry/start, HID lamps"

Cons: "Annoying honk instead of chirp when locking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car for about 5 months. It's my daily commuter and I still find myself making up reasons to run an errand so I can get behind the wheel. I waited for the 2016 in order to enjoy Apple CarPlay and USB port. However, a software update was needed and after 4 months it's finally operational. That's been my only complaint in regards to reliability. This car will put you back in your seat, but in a very civilized manner. Freeway on ramps are my best friend. Passing is a breeze and the go-cart like feel during cornering is a pure joy. This is not the car for you if you want every bump and road seam to be sucked up because the car can be a little bumpy, but nothing close to punishing. If you truly enjoy being a "driver" than there is no other car on the road that is as well balanced and economical as the 2016 GTI. Some features I love are the backup camera, keyless entry/start, HID lamps, Apple CarPlay, versatility of the hatch, plenty of legroom for rear passengers, driver's assist (saved me more than once from a collision), cool interior lighting, bolstered seating, plenty of torque, superb braking and the overall handling during cornering. Some suggestions would be a power-hatch, foldable side mirrors with auto-tilt for backing up and a chirp instead of an annoying honk when you lock it with the remote (i.e. Audi). This car is just plain FUN! I read every review and watched every video I could find when researching. The EXPERTS who compare cars everyday for a living agreed this was THE BEST car on the market for 2015. For 2015: North American Car of the Year. Autoweek "Best of the Best" car. Automobile 2015 All-Star. Car & Driver 10 Best. Motor Trend 2015 Car of the Year. Yahoo Autos Car of the Year. NO car will give you absolutely everything your heart desires, but this hot hatch comes closest to anything I've driven in my 30 years."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Outstanding hot hatch

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive with no downside"

Cons: "Looks nearly the same as previous versions"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Having spent just under a year with my 2015 GTi I wanted to take a moment to share a few observations. The example I own has been faultless while returning many miles of driving enjoyment. I choose a Performance Package, S-trim with DSG, wanting to minimize my exposure to a few of the auto industry wide problem areas (Sat-nav and other $$$ electric options) while maximizing driving dynamics. What has impressed me is this cars wide range of abilities, being equally capable tearing around a back road as it is doing 1000 plus mile road trips in total comfort. Despite my penchant for driving quickly, the GTi has consistently returned an average of 31mpg in mixed driving while never failing to entertain. The seats strike a great balance of keeping you secured during hard cornering while allowing me to arrive fresh after many hours behind the wheel. Despite a long history modifying performance cars this is the first such vehicle I am tempted to leave exactly as it left the factory. I have no intention of tracking my GTi and given that it is my daily driver the chassis tuning seems to hit upon a great balance between performance and comfort. I’ve owned faster cars but the only two that were satisfying to own, entertaining to drive and offered some level of practicality on the road were my 911 and Boxster. Both of those offered much better steering feel and a much more focused driving experience to be sure. That said they obviously don’t come close to the economy or practicality of the GTi. The surprise to me was how much more refined the GTi is on a long drive compared to my previous Ford and Subaru hot hatches. If you are a performance oriented driver who also requires utility, comfort and economy in a single package the GTi is tough to beat."

25 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Best VW Yet!!!

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Engine, handling, fit and finish"

Cons: "Entertainment system a bit slow to respond."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased in June 2015 a 2015 GTI Autobahn with lighting package. The handling and dynamics are superb! Fit and finish is wonderful. That turbo engine will make getting on the freeway and passing a breeze! A must drive. The four doors brings so much practicality. You will not be disappointed."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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