2008 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2008 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 19 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"speed" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"shifter" 2 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews

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2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 4Dr Review
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4

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Such a blast to drive ... you can't stop grinning!

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Putting full-size adults in the back seat is officially torture.

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Great If You Don't Haul More Than 1 Adult Passenger. — Good car stock. Awesome car lowered, with more power and opened up exhaust! Better mileage than my Audi Quattro, but thirsty compared to my wife's Jetta TDI. No room in back seats, cozy up front, but a blast to drive! Just watch out for radar...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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CSestp writes:
2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2Dr Review
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Fun fast little car that can fit the whole famliy well.  Cargo space is rather large for such a small car.  Good fuel eco for the performance you get.

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Maintance is a little high

CSestp
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Never Would Have Thought — Never in my life would I thought I would own a hatchback let alone a VW. I have always owned trucks and older american power cars. Everytime I drive the car I have a smile on my face. The inside is actually nice for a cheeper car instead of the plastic rattle traps American cars have. Plenty of power for when you want to have fun, but an avg of 28mpg.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JRICH14 writes:
2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2Dr Review
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Car handles well, very fast, easy to cut in and out of traffic in.  Lots of cargo space - can load as much in this small car as I can in an F150.

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Car uses Premium gasoline.  Gas mileage hovers at 27 mpg vs. the 33 advertised.

JRICH14
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Sporty Ride - Great Value For The Money — This is a really sporty, great handling little car. Easy to park and drive - has great acceleration and cargo space. Wonderful for someone who has lots to haul or owns 4 dogs like me. I highly recommend this fun car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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smoky187dz writes:
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Tons of power, love the look cheap to maintain. Car handles great with lots of support from the front seats. I have had my car for 7 years never had one issue with it.

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There's not a lot of room to access the back seats. The problem is the front seats don't go to far up.

smoky187dz
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Hot Hatch!! It Feels Like A Hatchback Should. — I love most everything on this car except for one thing and that's the tail lights. I think Volkswagen could have done better with the tail lights. I just didn't like the crystal red tails that they put on them from factory. In 7 years of ownership I did not have any issues with car and never made any weird noises or anything out of the ordinary. Car gets great gas mileage, I averaged about 26 mpg combined. No maintenance costs here, except for cabin air filter that was changed by Volkswagen. Car is plenty powerful it has torque in pretty much every gear, and that feels good. I never felt more in control then with this hatchback, take turns fast, lots of grip in and out of corners and braking power is great as well. If you want to get the hatchback feeling back into your life then this car is for you.

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Bevhills03 writes:
2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2Dr Review
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Great looking car, fast, sounds great, handling is amazing, has a lot of headroom for tall people and so do the rear seats.

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not really meant for fitting an infant car seat, Many young kids want to race me in their crappy cars.

Bevhills03
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The Compact Rocket Ship! — This car has a great look to it. The front end looks amazing and agressive, it fits four people comfortably on the way to vegas. It feels like it has more than 200 hp by the way it pulls and handles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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TurboedEclipse writes:
2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2Dr Review
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Peppy engine, nice style for a hatchback, refined interior.

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Handling is "truck-like," trunk space is smaller than it would appear.

TurboedEclipse
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If You're Into Compact Hatches, This Is The One To Get. — I drive a 2008 VW GTI. It has the hatchback look with my favorite type of engine setup, the 2.0 liter turbo. The engine has pep and mine comes with the automatic DSG Tiptronic transmission which can be switched from auto to manual modes, as well as allowing for a "sport mode" when you have the desire for increased "get-up-and-go." The interior is classy and refined, and the auxiliary jack allows for me to hook-up my mp3 player or smartphone with ease. A few things to note: It doesn't handle like a sports car. It's a bit stiff and top heavy in hard turns. The trunk space is a bit deceiving as it's not that big unless you're putting the back seats down. One other thing that I find interesting is that I never get looks in it. To repeat this for clarity, I have never, not once, gotten anyone staring at the car while I'm driving down the road. My previous car was a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse, and I got stares all of the time with that thing. It also handled better than my GTI. I guess the hatchback is a specific look that is more for car enthusiasts than your average consumer.

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VaCars123 writes:
2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2Dr Review
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Good MPG. Fitting front seats. Good visibility.

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Long throw shifter. Long engagement "VW" clutches.

VaCars123
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Great Daily Driver — The VW GTI is a solid hot hatchback. Much better than the Rabbit or the Golfs. Definitely make the upgrade to this if looking at those vehicles or other hatchbacks. Opt for the manual. Don't let it die! Learn and keep them alive!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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overall Performance

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front W.D

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My Gti — acceleration: 0-60 in 7.0 sec sharp braking & handling the interior is amazing it has a lovly interior but i did not like it as the interior gas mileage: 12.4 for me ull have a lot of fun with it ;-)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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This car is great fun. Drives like a dream, feels like its on rails. No lack of power. Good MPG, Gas saver! Sporty, yet classy. Easy to maintain, but requires quality parts and cannot be cheaply maintained.

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Expensive to maintain properly. Not good for a family. Small back seats - adults can get in okay, but placing a baby seat in the back is tough work.

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This Is The Best Car I Have Ever Driven Or Owned. Drive One And You Will Never Go Back. — Performance is unmatched, price is good and saves gas. I would recommend this to a single person looking for a fun car with plenty of power and curb appeal. I wouldn't recommend it for a family. I would definately buy another if I get it with 4 doors.

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The GTI spirit recaptured.

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The cost of the friggin tyres

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I Love It Almost As Much As I Love My Wife — Awesome piece of engineering. Works just as well to dice the traffic light GP as to drive to the shop and back. Looks great, has a bit of the Mark 1 GTI styling with the bit of red in the front. For the rest it feels like a after market kitted car, only thing is it comes out the shop stock standard like that. Awesome

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