2009 Volkswagen GTI Review CarGurus

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2009 GTI Review

The 2009 Volkswagen GTI blends performance car attributes family-friendly utility by offering a turbo engine, versatile utility, and a refined interior feels roomy for a compact.

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Nimble and quick, the GTI also offers high-end and a classy cabin, adding up to a performance car. Oh yeah, and a compact hatch, which it also offers good maneuverability and functional cargo

At a Glance

An affordable compact hatchback, the 2009 Volkswagen GTI heated front seats and washer fluid to its standard this year. The options gets a new Thunderbunny Package (we are not that up), which exterior styling points as a front spoiler and flashier and exhaust tips. Also new for the 2.0 turbo engine now earns a rating for cars sold in

A sport-tuned Rabbit (which is a rebadged Golf), the ’09 GTI both two- and four-door of its front-wheel drive hatchback, of which carry the same the same set of equipment, and the same Those with small or lots of friends may want to opt for the easier backseat entry and An extensive list of standard such as a 6-CD changer, mirrors, and wheel-mounted cruise and controls gives the GTI a more feel than most of its and the high-quality materials used for the make it a class leader in and refinement.

The 2009 GTI works as both an agile city able to navigate tight and small parking spots ease, and as a confident, yet fun highway backed by a strong turbo and solid German engineering. marketed as a performance hatchback for on a budget, potential buyers be aware that the price of the GTI quickly soars with the of numerous options, such as a navigation system, leather and power front seats.


A direct-injection turbocharged inline four delivers 200 hp, more important, puts out 207 of torque at a low 1,800 RPM. A 6-speed manual can be replaced by the 6-speed DSG automatic. This shift transmission mimics a but without the clutch. It can be operated in mode or manual mode via shifters on the steering wheel. and owners agree the DSG shifts and quickly, and the gear transitions in mode are nearly imperceptible.

with the DSG, the GTI achieves acceleration, with 0-60 just under 7 seconds. not necessarily speedier than sport compacts on the road, as the MAZDA3, the GTI offers great across a broad RPM range and a lot of fun to the everyday commute. Fuel remains average, but most seem pleased with its mpg (22/29 with the DSG). New for models sold in California a PZEV (partial zero rating.

Ride Handling

for the Autobahn, the 2009 GTI exhibits handling, precise steering, and cornering capabilities. Riding on a version of the fully independent strut front and multilink suspension of the slightly slower the GTI feels solid and composed at speeds, but without the harshness in many sport suspensions. means a smooth and quiet for passengers, minus any float or in the driving dynamics.

Behind the flat-bottomed wheel of the drivers maintain a good with the road. The electronic steering adjusts its weight to speed, with a lighter and vague feel during city driving, but a nice during highway and back cruising. The standard 17-inch perform well, with road grip, while the alloys contribute to a harsher and ride.

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Along with the suspension, the GTI adds sport and stronger brakes, which drivers find responsive. The heavy weight makes it to slightly more body than lighter, more sport compacts, but the lean is and does not interfere with the taut maneuverability. Turbo gets released instantly, and the DSG and manual transmissions work with the engine, although the throws of the manual disappoint one driver. Though not a true car, the GTI offers enough for the everyday driver and modest enthusiast looking to punch up commute.

Cabin Comfort

Volkswagen how to build a high-end interior, and the GTI’s feels refined and compared to most compacts. with convenience and comfort in both the two- and four-door have the same dimensions. headroom can feel a bit tight for particularly when equipped the optional sunroof, legroom 41 inches up front and a respectable 35 in the Good seat bolstering up provides the perfect amount of when taking turns at speeds, and optional power adjustments enhance comfort

Critics find the dash simple, subtle, and conservative. are large and legible, and the standard paddle shifters and audio let drivers keep their on the road. All trims feature tilt and telescopic steering. The seats, though of questionable and pattern, and the soft-touch materials and trim convey an upscale and the optional leather upholstery up the luxury attitude a notch.

seats come with a armrest and trunk pass-through and split-fold 60/40, but do not fold The cargo area holds 15 feet with the seats up, a that rivals that of midsize sedans. With the down, cargo utility to 46 cubic feet. Tiedowns and hooks are also standard. storage ranks average, useful front and rear a large glovebox, and small pockets.

Both two- and four-door offer a long list of features, which many find unbelievable for its price and Along with full accessories, you’ll find mirrors, cruise control, entry, wheel-mounted audio and a 10-speaker sound system to to the 6-CD changer with MP3 and satellite radio. If that’s not for you, an Autobahn Package heated leather seats, front seats, an upgraded system, and a sunroof. Standalones the sunroof, a navigation system with the Autobahn Package), and an adapter, which several had trouble getting to work.

The 2009 Volkswagen GTI boasts an safety record, earning stars in frontal impacts and stars for side impacts. All come standard with and stability control, 17-inch with performance tires, and ABS brakes with brake and electronic brakeforce distribution. front and side curtain feature passenger deactivation and rear side curtain are available as an option, but only on models.

In the lighting category, the GTI features and xenon HID self-leveling headlamps automatically adjust the light curves. A tire monitor and with turn signals are standard.

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