2008 Volkswagen GTI Overview


Looking for a Used GTI in your area?

CarGurus has 6,965 nationwide GTI listings starting at $1,995.

Average user score
4.6 5 stars
Based on 45 reviews

2008 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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.


What's your take on the 2008 Volkswagen GTI?

  • Report

2008 Volkswagen GTI Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2008 Volkswagen GTI against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2008 Volkswagen GTI vs:

    Have you driven a 2008 Volkswagen GTI?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2008 Volkswagen GTIPeople researching a 2008 Volkswagen GTI contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used GTI in your area?

    CarGurus has 6,965 nationwide GTI listings starting at $1,995.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Volkswagen GTI Questions

    Car Dies While Pulling Out Of Driveway, Now When Key Turned Nothing? Help!

    Dash board only comes on when lights are manually turned on, but even then, only the brights and hazards function but not headlight, wipers, turn signals. Checked all fuses and are all fine. Tried j...

    8 views with 2 answers (last answer 7 months ago)

    My Radiator Is Really Loud And Now My Car Is Telling Me To Check My Coolant...

    Normally my radiator fan operates quietly when I park. For the past two or three weeks it has been running really loud. It runs for about a 1-2 minutes and then cuts off. Yesterday while driving my ...

    21 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)

    After I Sell The Car How Do I Close The Account?

    24 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 years ago)

    What Is A Safe Boost For A 2008 Gti.

    67 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 years ago)

    Is It Safe Buying A 2008 Gti With 29k Miles That Was "corporate Fleet" Owne...

    I'm looking at an 08 GTI from a dealer in CT. It was purchased by a "corporate fleet", then sold at 27k to a private party, then traded in at 29K. Makes me wonder why the second owner unloaded it. ...

    224 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 years ago)