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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
MSRP
$38,330
Invoice
$36,798
Average Price Paid
$38,330
43 listings nationwide

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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door
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2.0T Autobahn FWD
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2-door
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$40,997
21 listings nationwide

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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$6,890
14 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
Stephen Edelstein Preview:

The Volkswagen GTI is an icon of compact, affordable performance. It didn’t start the hot-hatchback craze, but it certainly became one of the most popular choices in the “hot-hatch” se...

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door

The 2009 Rabbit lives up to its namesake's characteristic speed by del...

The Good: With plenty of power and performance in a deceptively small package, t...

The Bad: The '09 Rabbit's fuel economy ranks below most of the rest of the vehi...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
20
JRGutierrez writes:
The definite hot-hatch with German levels of fit, finish, chassis refinement, and typical overbuilt levels of ...
Power Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"The GTIs engine makes less HP . . . but more torque. combined with the feisty nature and broader powerband it has the real-world advantage. Its lighter weight and more fuel-efficient engine makes it easier to own and operate. Kudos to the well-sorted (and larger brakes) on the GTI as well. "
Handling Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"The GTIs suspension is MUCH better sorted - no AWD weight penalty to drag around and varying levels of Electronic Stability Control to allow the GTI to perform to the level of the driver."
Looks/Style Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"The all-new GTI has an upscale exterior with clean, crisp lines and immediate exterior shape that identifies it as the evolutionary continuation of one of the most successful vehicle designs in history. Standard LED exterior and ambient interior lights give a nod to upscale and buttoned-down functionality."
Front Seats Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"Form fitting and supportive - with classic pattern and high-caliber fit and finish of traditional cloth & Alcantara. they have a soft, suede-like microfiber pile and unmatched durability."
Back Seats Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"Awesome fit, finish and practical with a 60/40 split AND a standard arm-rest with pass-through to maximize cargo carrying capabilities."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"simply put - a hatchback vs a sedan - maximizes cargo and allows for the transport of larger, bulky items that cannot fit in the traditional dimensional limitations of a trunk."
Family Car Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"Much more practical cargo capacity and hauling ability. The 2-box shape of the GTI maximizes interior space and actually allows it to be classified as a Mid-size car due to overall volume - while still possessing compact-car exterior dimensions."
Would Buy Ranked 2022 Subaru WRX Sport AWD worse.
"Better value for the money and resale value."
SG writes:
Handling Ranked 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"Great car handling is great and reliable. Very comfortable driving car in any situation "
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door
45
Sooraj 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-doorReview:

What A Car Should Be — really fast car which handles very well at corners and very cheap to upgrade for right kinda price....

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

45
Ryan 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-doorReview:

Killer Rabbit — I've owned the car for about 10 months now. As a daily driver, it is a fun car to drive. Fuel econo...

Primary Use: Family transportation

35
Stephan 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-doorReview:

Vw Is Sweeeeeet. — Does exactly what I need it to do. Its a great starter car, for those who are new to purchasing vehi...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Specs

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
24 MPG
25 MPG
20 MPG
21 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
34 MPG
34 MPG
29 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
241 hp @ 5,000 RPM
241 hp @ 5,000 RPM
170 hp @ 5,700 RPM
170 hp @ 5,700 RPM
Torque
273 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM
273 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM
177 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM
177 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
5 cylinders
5 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.6:1
9.6:1
9.5:1
9.5:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.6 in
3.25 in x 3.6 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Optional Standard
Passenger Airbag Optional Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional Standard
Curtain Airbags Optional Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Optional Optional
Leather Seats Optional --
Air Conditioning Optional Standard
CD Player -- Standard
Radio Optional Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard
Driver Power Seats Optional --
Passenger Power Seats Optional Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 41.2 in
Back Legroom 35 in 35.3 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 19.9 cu ft 15 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 972 lbs
Exterior
Length 168.8 in 165.8 in
Width 70.4 in 69.3 in
Height 57.6 in 58.2 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 101.5 in

Available Options

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Atlantic Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Kings Red Metallic
  • Moonstone Gray
  • Oryx White Pearl
  • Pomelo Yellow Metallic
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2-door

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