2009 Volkswagen GTI
There are 12 user reviews for the 2.0T Coupe trim shown below
- Fast, perfect for a mountain roads
- Space, First Gear, Suspension
Purchased As New
I lived in Germany for years and drove my friends old one of these puppies. I loved it even with it's rust.
When it came time to get my wife a new car, I pulled into the VW dealership. My wife wanted a rabbit and an automatic. I pulled out of the dealership with an 09' GTI 6 speed (hey it was close to what she wanted). My wife and I love this car. It's fast, and you can mess around with almost anyone on the freeway. This car is fast as hell if youi push it, and is a lot more refined than its competition (the mazda speed 3 ect).
The only downfalls I have found with this vehicle are that it has no space. When my wife, dog, and I go on roadtrips we only have space for 1 suitcase. Our other car is a 95' civic EX coupe and it has at least twice the space of our GTI. My other main complaints are that 1st gear is way too torque-e, it is basically like driving a truck in first. Which is great if you are looking for quick acceleration but awful if you are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the I-5 during rush hour traffic. And, if you are tired the sport tuned suspension feels a little rough on clear California freeways (a lot of this complaint has to do with the freeways condition).
Everything aside I would still buy this car again. It is a better weekend ride than commuter car, but one ride on a windy road and you'd buy it too. This is a true enthuasiasts car!!!...read morehide
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- Great accelaration and very responsive nice interior
- suspension too high and stiff very heavy too
Purchased As Used
What can I say.. I love the car. could've got a honda si instead but I've been driving civic all my life. The car felt a little heavier for a hatch back but then again it has a turbo on it so that's equalized itself to run fast. The car has a little problem at a start up when it's cold or on freezing weather especially in the morning. I have a jetta once and it does the same thing, a very rough start. ( rough start occurs when you leave the car longer than 3 days without starting the engine) overall that's all the problem I been having. Got the DSG and well this tranny is awesome it jerks at first but when you hit 2nd and 3rd you'll be running 60 at no time..they could've increase the rev line to 8,000 rpm instead of 6 1/2....read morehide
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- Powerful turbo, sporty appearance, great fuel efficiency
- DSG trans. issues, A/C issues, satellite receiver issues, only European hands-free compatibility
Purchased As New
I purchased my 2007 GTI MkV brand new off the show room floor. I now have 26K miles. My transmission has been repaired two (2) times now, I've gone through one (1) O2 censor, two (2) fuel pumps, two (2) satellite receivers, an entirely new A/C system (due to, according to the dealership, the system "imploding"), and two (2) A/C compressors. This car is fun to drive, very quick off the line, has aggressive exterior styling (with the body kit), sporty interior details and styling, tight, responsive handling.... but the repairs that this vehicle has required over the past 12 months are ridiculous. I doubt I'll be confident enough to purchase another VW in the future....read morehide
17 out of 29 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Every thing is good about this vehicle
- I have no cons at this time we only put 200 miles
Purchased As New
Handling, performance, comfot, very good for the price rang. after my son got this vehicle I tested and found nothing negative to say. well made.
11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great Power, Smooth ride, 18" wheels, IPod aux dock
- Gas milage
Purchased As New
Just bought a '09 Candy White 3-door GTI, 6-speed transmission a must for any real drivers wanting to experience how the GTI really drives... car looks and drives amazing...i bought mine with the 18" rims and sun roof, was thinking about the Thunder Bunny body kit but it brougt the price up a little too much... turbo feels and sounds amazing...car is rated for 31 MPG but i have not been able to get over 28 MPG..i don't drive it that hard so i dont know why i can't achieve the MPG but i wouldn't trade this for anything else...mine came with a aux plug for my iPod, so i can just plug it in and go, love this feature.....AMAZING VEHICLE...read morehide
18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- fun and solid in all speeds, FSG for relax mode and paddle shifters for crazyness, the engine sound!
- no bluetooth
My previous car was a 05 S4 which was a beast and a great car but I have to say that I am impressed with the GTI's racing perks and the tuned up engine. The turbo works great and the car is always at your command. FSG is very smooth, it anticipates the drivers input and the gear change is amazing accurate. The paddle shifters are great for manual mode craziness. The engine whistles and growls sound like harmony . You need a race track to fully appreciate the perks of this machine including the Launch Control. Latest German technology perfected with pride. GTI has truly raised the bar for all sports cars....read morehide
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- Excellent Fuel economy for a car with lots of punch. Amazing
- Parts are not cheap. Mx isn't free but GREAT
My second GTI. My first Golf 4 GTI with VR6. The 2.0 is faster while returning better fuel economy. Handling is much better with standard set-up. The MK5 are sticks to the pavement. if you chip this car you will embarrased cars costing alot more. This is a great car and the 2.0 TFSI is the best engine at two liters....read morehide
51 out of 79 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Hatchback versatility, great highway ride, nice interior
- Loose steering, center of gravity feels high, underwhelming power with DSG
Caveat: I test drove this car today in DSG form, but don't own it. I drive a Mazda 3 5-door auto, so that's my yardstick. That said, if you offered me an even trade today I wouldn't take it.
My test drive revealed to me certain characteristics I'm looking for in a sporty car that have nothing to do with the size of its engine. My Mazda 3 has tight steering with precise feedback that responds to the slightest movement left or right. This makes the car feel like it's right in the palm of my hands. The tradeoff is a somewhat rough highway ride that demands constant vigilance and correction. The 2009 GTI requires more rotations of the wheel to make a turn and offers less resistance. This makes it easier to drive on the highway, but sacrifices that immediate communication that makes zipping around town such a joy in my 3.
Now I haven't checked any data sheets, but the GTI ride felt higher off the ground than the 3. Being further from the road itself makes you feel less connected, as any SUV driver should attest. When I drive my Mazda it feels lower to the ground; acceleration feels like I'm crawling across the pavement and the front tires are my hands. Perhaps I didn't make the right seat adjustments on my GTI tester to make it low enough, I don't know. But my overall impression was one of insulation. Again, great if your gearing up for a long trip on the interstate, but thoroughly uninspiring around town.
I've also driven an Audi TT 2.0T recently and boy did it put a smile on my face. Compared to the GTI the steering was tighter, the ride was lower, and the engine felt more responsive. That could have been due to a more aggressive throttle tip-in, shared with my Mazda. Quicker tip-in seems like an artificial gimmick added to make it feel sportier, but it works. Then again, maybe I'm just used to it. The point is, my 3 puts a smile on my face. The Audi TT put a big smile on my face when I drove it. The GTI was nice, but underwhelming. I had expected so much more....read morehide
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- more masculine looks than most hatches, its a 3 door, can carry bike in back, comes in coupe
- center of gravity seems high, R32 has seats you want
I test drove the GTI and I though my Honda with OEM rims and after market tires could out handle this car. Also, the car seems less stable b/c of it's higher profile. Also, the R32 has the seats I want but the price on the 32 is way too high...It's a VW guys. Lastly, the car could use a little more trim detail (and I don't mean chrome - yuck). I mean the car reminds me of what kids drove in high school or college. It could use a little sophistication.
The demo for this car is changing - 20 and 30 somethings are having 0 or fewer kids so we don't need large cars or 4 doors, parking in cities is tough so we need smaller profile cars that still fit a 6'2" guy, we also want to be active and put a road bike in the back, gas mileage is key too. Options like AWD on the 32 are great. This car is the exception rather than the rule and applaud the co but I would like to see the body style emerge to something a bit less immature at no increase in price. Don't tell me to go buy an Audi 4 door A3 "WAGON" - gag....read morehide
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- Fast, great handling, fun to drive, looks Fantastic!
I have a 2007 GTI, this is my second GTI and I love them. Great comfort, very fun to drive! Fast acceleration, smooth shifting, I haven't found it's "top end" yet....still trying!!
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