Volkswagen GTI Hatchback
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KBB.com Expert Review
You'll Like This Car If...
A powerful, flexible engine combined with flat, responsive handling, a lot of grip in the corners and front-wheel-drive predictability make the 2008 Volkswagen GTI a joy to drive enthusiastically wherever appropriate.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2008 Volkswagen GTI out-muscles the new Civic Si, MINI Cooper S and Mazda3 s, it's also 400 to 600 pounds heavier than those competitors. In fact, this biggest GTI ever weighs as much as Volkswagen's Passat midsize sedan. The extra weight isn't readily apparent, but it's certainly no advantage, either.
What's New for 2008
Changes for 2008 include a 15mm suspension-height reduction, the addition of SIRIUS Satellite Radio as standard equipment and the removal of the Climatronic automatic climate control from all models.
Based on 196 ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.
October 19, 2014
Nimble, European handling, firm, responsive
Just a lot of fun to drive.
April 16, 2014
I absolutely love my GTI. I have been a VW nut my whole life, but only have owned older beetles and eurovans. I absolutely LOVE this...
March 13, 2014
Great road-holding car!
Great handling and ultimate utility; I regularly car-top my bikes and kayaks to mtns. and rivers. Excellent MPG and hi-performance too...
February 10, 2014
Absolutely love my GTI
I've had this car for about a year now and it has been a dream come true. I love everything about my little VW. Handles like a dream,...
December 21, 2013
GTI -the perfect combination of sport and function
I love this car. I bought it used 3 years ago and its the best car I have ever owned. The handling is unmatched by any other. The...
September 09, 2013
Best vehicle I have ever owned.
Great handling, excellent reliability, comfortable, good seats, good looks. Hatchback design meets all my needs for hauling things....
April 05, 2013
5 years and still in love
Motor Trend's "2008 Car Of The Year". Most fun you can have on 4 (or less) wheels. Unbeleivable control. Not lightning fast but have it...
March 21, 2013
the most fun car to drive that I have had in a lon
Incredibly fun to drive and (big plus) pretty good gas mileage. I'd get a 4 door next time, however
March 09, 2013
Everything you'll ever need from a car...
Have been driving for ~6 years, and this is an amazing car. Very sporty yet comfortable, very nicely designed interior and exterior,...
July 03, 2012
Love this car!!!!
never been back to the dealer - not once! Unbelievable power for a 2.0 L, great driver - so fast! out-handles a lot of cars! Will...