Jun 01, 2015
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $25,605: 220-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 16-valve I4 with direct injection, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Likes

Sporty looks get even sportier with the Toronado Red paint. 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels add to the good looks. Comfortable interior. I like the look of the black “Clark” plaid cloth seats, which even include heat up front. Dash and controls are well laid out, so no fumbling. Spunky S version with 220-hp turbo engine provides fun on heavy acceleration.

Dislikes

Typical torque steer, which is standard in most front-wheel-drive cars I’ve driven. Wide doors require a long reach to close after getting in.

Verdict

For fun, easy manueverability in city traffic and tight parking, the GTi remains a winner. This new model had me reminiscing about a ’92 GTi that I once owned. The feel of that car still lives in this new offering.

Fun to Drive
1.3 rating
Fun to Look at
2.5 rating
Overall Experience
2.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 220 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft
EPA Mileage 25/34

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