2012 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2012 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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"handling" 6 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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shabra writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Autobahn Review
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5

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love it

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nothing wrong with it

shabra
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Great Car Would Buy It Again — I like everything about my GTI handles awesome great car. I would recommend a friend and family. this car was awesome loved how it drives how it sounds and gas saver plus it is very fast car you would love too

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Troyboy2 writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T w/ Sunroof and Nav Review
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Great handling, versatile little car that gets very good gas mileage for as fast as it is.

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VW's have high maintenance costs, this car is no exception.

Troyboy2
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Great Little Car — The golf GTI is an excellent little car. With the hatchback you can carry lots of stuff in it. It's comfortable, gets about 30 miles per gallon and has the power to pass people at will. My only problem with this car is that it's a German car with German car maintenance costs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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peteh2 writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T w/ Conv and Sunroof 2dr Review
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dsg transmission, handling, plaid seats

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seat material can make it challenging to clean, gas mileage could be better

peteh2
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Awesome Coupe With Hatchback Versatility — Overall a perfect car. It's sedate in everyday driving but performance oriented when you want/need it. And it's a sport car that you can drive at 10/10th of it's ability on public roads. Try that in a Porsche or Corvette.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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canicken writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Autobahn Review
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Ive owned many GTI's,

Ive had the MK-2, MK-5, and now the MK-6, I've loved all of them...Amazing drivers cars.

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repairs can be expensive, but they are reliable if you maintain them.

canicken
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I Love Everything About My Gti — I love my GTI, I have owned 3 of them, and my next car will most likely be a GTI as well. It is sporty, practical, comfortable, and the interior is nicer than many luxury brands. We also have a 3 series BMW, I prefer driving the GTI. I have the Autobahn, with push button start, leather, Navigation, and Dynaudio. The sound system in this car is phenomenal.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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trunysin writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T w/ Conv and Sunroof Review
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Handling and Size. it is a lot of fun to hustle around. Stock Pirelli's are GREAT.

Cons

Fuel economy should be much better for the mild power. Not as much storage options up front. Suspension can be jarring over rough road.

trunysin
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Hella Fun With Gti, Some Minor Misses!! — I really do love my car. This set of tires are great in any weather. It is a lot of fun to drive, but power could be more ample. In turn, so could fuel economy. All in all, GREAT PURCHASE

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Dan writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2dr Review
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Everything is awesome about this car.  If you're looking for a car with performance and tons of unlockable power in the stock turbo, this is the car for you. Oh, wait did I mention, I get 34 MPG! There is no way you're going to get that performance out of a V8 with the MPG. Period

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Smaller car, but a lot bigger than I even thought.

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Performance, Fun, Save Gas! — There is nothing I dislike about this car. Even stock, this car will surprise you with the performance. But, with the minimalist of upgrades, it unlocks this car's true performance. This car right now is over 280hp and whips you to the back of your seat.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jmsurprenant writes:
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T PZEV w/ Sunroof and Nav 2dr Review
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Styling, Handling, Accelration

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Pricey wheels easily scuff if you drive sloppy (I do).

jmsurprenant
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Wicked Fun To Own And Drive. — This is one smart looking car - From the cutting edge exterior trim lines to the sporty chrome line dash. The Interlagos plaid Recarro seats seals the deal looks-wise. This car is a beast if you get your revs about 3K and the turbo kicks in, but it's also very civilized - you can shift it at low RPM (under 1.5K!) and cruise at 40 MPH in 6th. This takes some getting used to, but it's fabulous. To top it off, fuel economy is quite decent. Whenever I drive my GTI I think to myself, why doesn't everyone drive a VW? Bravo, Vee-Dub, you've done it again!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cedric writes:
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fun engine, great handling, very supportive seats, German build, aggressive looks

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no panoramic sunroof available

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One Of The Best Compact Car With Great Price/quality/fun Ratio — Performance - Lots of torque for a lightweight car, loads of fun! Build Quality - it's German, DUHHH! Appearance - Looks simple and beautiful without all the bells & whistles Cost of Ownership - great gas mileage given the performance Fun Factor - 10/10 especially on rural roads

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Finn writes:
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its Beautiful and quite fast its just a great well rounded car.

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Not AWD

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Great Car — As most of reviews i have read on this car have stated this is an overall great well rounded car. It is extremely reliable, it is very fuel efficient, and fun to drive. for a performance car in the price range it is lacking some performance areas. The acceleration and power while impressive is not as competitive as other vehicles in the same price range. but overall i am very pleased with this purchase.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Handles like something well above it's class, MDI cable is a must have for every vehicle .

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Not the best fuel economy in class, but it's a GTI so who cares.

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The Ultimate Hot Hatch — The 2012 GTI is yet another gem in the long line of hot hatchbacks from VW. It handles and races well outside its class, and the numbers don't do it justice. One of the most fun cars to drive I've ever been in, and I've driven everything from 645d's to SL55 AMG's. I've raced and beaten Mazdaspeed 3's, WRX's, TT's, and Si's.

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

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