2008 Volkswagen GTI Overview


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4.75 stars

Based on 41 reviews

Fantastic Car To Drive by Andrew
 — Having owned the Golf for around 3 months now and covered just over 2700 miles. The interior has got to be one of my favourite parts of the car especially the bucket seats that provide comfort and th... Read More
Gti - A Little Rocket In Rabbit Clothes by Craig
 — This little "rabbit: is a rocket. Uses the same engine found in the audi A4 and a3. 200 and 200 with such a litlle car and this things moves. It can be chiped throught VW to get upwards of 280 and ... Read More
Perfection by Marius
 — Performance: it charges like crazy when you put your foot down, the brakes are good, fade free, handling is great for a hot hatch Quality: overall very good, more Audi than VW, but the DSG is tricky A... Read More

2008 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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2008 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen introduced the GTI as an offshoot of the Golf, originally in hatchback form. But after a major redesign in 2006 and the addition of a sedan version the following year, the GTI returns relatively unchanged for 2008. The biggest changes come in the form of SIRIUS Satellite radio and a special edition in Reflex Silver. Otherwise, the GTI sticks to its time-tested formula, offering an affordable, solidly built vehicle. The hatchback has two doors and seats five, and the sedan seats five as well. But beyond the number of doors, you won't find much difference between the two trims.

Both trims feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower inline-four engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. Their estimated gas mileage is 21 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, a CD player, ABS brakes, traction control, and stability control. Options include a sunroof, powered leather seats, and a navigation system. In other words, the GTI includes basic performance and safety features, but also offers plenty of stylish options to anyone inclined to pimp their ride a bit. Passenger room comes out to a respectable 94 cubic feet, with approximately 15 cubic feet of cargo room.

How do drivers view the GTI? This established model gets solid ratings across the board. It's not super-fast or -smooth, but it offers an overall fun and responsive ride. It offers pretty good interior room and enough cargo room to hold everything you'd need for trips around the city and surrounding 'burbs. While the 2008 GTI's exterior and interior design won't turn too many heads, they get enough respect on the road to tide over most egos. The GTI's already enthusiastic fan base would, however, appreciate the chance to upgrade to a V6 at some point in the not-too-distant future.


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