2007 Volkswagen New GTI User Reviews
2.0T Coupe shown
- $9,649 - $11,909
- No trim specified for this review
- Youthful, quick, great HWY economy, great value for it's features and details
- Top and nose heavy, no power seat for leather, poor local fuel economy
It came down to the A3 and the GTI, and I picked the latter. For one, I have always loves the VW GTI. It is a youthful classic and it is a great first car if one has the budget. The car is well built, solid, great looking, loaded with standard features, safe, reasonable priced for its� features and details, easy to drive manual gear box, a everyday car, comfortable, good highway fuel economy, torque on demand any point above 2000 rpm, now with 5 doors, and it�s almost $8Gs cheaper than the very same car but with different sheet metals and badge, and the list goes on.
I love my GTI MkV 5-door hatch in Candy White, it is one the most well rounded car in its� class. As much as I love this car, it has its� frauds. The following list is what I didn�t agree with the engineers and designers, and what needs to be improved or address in the next GTI.
1.The 6 speed manual is smooth as silk to shift, however the clutch is too light and lacks feel and feedback. Something I like better in the 9-2 and WRX.
2.The steering wheel�s size and shape is perfect and the steering is precise and effortless, but the electric assist can�t keep up when I do quick U-turns or getting out of the parking space. This part is where the Civic Si 07 shines.
3.Trunk space is much smaller than the WRX, 9-2, and the Matrix. The rear seat does not fold completely flat, something the Matrix is good for. Water proof trunk space is a plus for the Matrix. The GTI is a driver�s car, comfortable, and perfect for road trips. The designers shall emphasize more in interior functions.
4.The car feels top and nose heavy and they are noticeable in braking and cornering. However, the suspensions are great and the ride is comfortable even with 18� wheels and handles solid. The engine is quick and consistent torque from 2500 rpm to redline which makes up for it.
5.The cruise control and the turn signal share the same knob. Operating the cruise setting often leads to faults signaling. Only if the cruise function can be set via the steering wheel and the information center or have a separate knob for it.
6.Wind noise is minimums and has better engine noise isolation compare to it competitors, but road noise is noisier. This might due to it 18� wheels and summer tires.
7.I never drove a car opted with genuine leather package, dual zone climate control, and power lumbar support without power driver seats. I understand they tried to save weight and keep the car sport oriented, but this package costs nearly than $3K with tax.
8.The turbo loss it potency quickly when it gets hot under intense driving. This happens when the turbo and the engine generate more heat then intercooler can dispense. This is normal for all turbo vehicles with small intercooler, but this was noticeable shortly when I test drove the car in the morning at 38 F just 10 mins I pull out of the dealer. I believe this problem should be address by utilizing a bigger or relocating the intercooler.
9.I averaged31 mpg on the highway with some local driving during my trip from Chicago to Champaign (almost 3 hr trip). Poor local fuel consumption at 18 mpg in the downtown Chicago. I average around 24 to 26 mpg per tank, with 60% to 70% highway with cruise control on.
10.No key entry on passenger side door and rear hatch.
11.Fuel door on passenger side. Not convenient during fueling when I have to walk around the car or run away from tugs when I fuel up in the south side.
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