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Versatile Car with WOW factor- fun to drive
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By RB
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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My VW 2015 4 Dr GTI S model 6MT is my second VW I have owned. Bought a new VW Scirocco in 81 and had for 17 years. After 3 children and other cars in between I am glad to be back in a VW. It is really true you have two cars in one with the GTI. I am gentle on my cars and take good care of them but like to get on the throttle from time to time....this is such a fun car. With the versatile back seats one has a ton of storage room. It can hold everything I need...even from the LARGE Costco trips. The acceleration is phenomenal when you punch it which gives it a big WOW factor. I recommend that everyone at least take a test drive...I am so pleased with the versatility of this car ...a sports car, daily driver, great fuel economy (I have averaged over 32+ over 22k miles), very good sound system (even in this base model), tons of cargo space, and in my opinion a great looking car. I look forward to driving every time I get behind the wheel...which is not the case with many other cars I have owned. Until you test drive you will never know what you may be missing.


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Big fun, small price
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By SBAGTI
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is my third VW golf, I love these cars. I think when you look up the word "car" in the dictionary, there should be a picture of a golf. I have a strategy for buying these cars cheap. The 2 door manual trans cars are less popular and they get dealer traded a lot, so I usually can find a previous model year car still sitting on the lot with like 300 dealer trade transport miles on it at a deep discount. With this GTI I got the car for $6300 off sticker without haggling, so that's a brand new GTI for under $20k. This is my first Mexican built VW. My previous two golfs were built in Wolfsburg Germany, but I see no difference in build quality with the mk7 mexico golfs, they are well built. The PROS: Awesome acceleration, great steering, the best clutch and gear box combination I have ever experienced. The clutch is so user friendly and effortless, and the hill hold feature makes it even better in hilly traffic situations. The brakes are really nice, very responsive and lots of stopping power. Impressive fuel economy, I'm getting pretty much the published EPA numbers. These cars are solid and safe and they feel really stable at high speed. The seats!, I love VW seats because they are actually designed to support a human body correctly. It's cheaper to insure than my previous slow boring subaru crosstrek, how does that work? I like the redesigned storage compartment with the ipod cable inside in front of the gear shift; I leave an old 30gig ipod in there permanently. I like the parking assist display and audible cues. The entertainment system and audio system interface are a good example of VWs continuous improvement of their designs. The system is more intuitive and functional vs my mk6 golf but without feeling drastically different. Finally, nothing beats the practicality of this car, you can get so much stuff into it, its easy to park, and cheap to own. The CONS: Torque steer isn't bad in this car, but if you punch it hard it will sneak up on you sometimes. My diesel golf had about the same torque but much slower acceleration and less horsepower so torque steer was much reduced in that car compared to the GTI. Premium fuel is a bummer but really what is an extra $1.50 per tank? I miss the cruise control buttons on the turn signal stalk on my mk5 and mk6 golfs. That was really a more functional setup than having the buttons on the steering wheel, which are harder to reach quickly. CD player in the glove box is a little weird, but it's not that big a deal. VW seems to be unable to design a door and side window that doesn't either rattle or have an irritating air leak. In the case of the 2015 GTI 2door the window rubber is a little hard and it rattles when driving around town on rough roads. If I roll the window down 1/4 inch it stops rattling. I've learned not to complain to the dealer about stuff like this because they usually fix the wrong thing and they make it worse. For me the biggest drawback to owning a VW is dealing with VW when something goes wrong with the car, and believe me, something will go wrong during the warranty period. VW likes to issue warranty extensions for known defects rather than issuing recalls. That means they wait for the component to fail with the "guarantee" that they will replace it when it fails. That's no big deal, but sometimes "they" can be quite petty and tight lipped about, if, how, and when they will resolve the issue (and by "they" I mean VW corporate dictating to the dealers what is going to happen). For instance when the high pressure fuel pump in my TDI failed on a dark isolated road in the middle of the night at 37k miles and was covered by a warranty extension because of a known defect, they made me wait 9 days with no feedback, no loaner car, and a 50/50 chance of being financially responsible for a $5k repair while they sent a fuel sample for lab analysis to screen my fuel for banned substances (gasoline, fuel treatments, biodiesel, etc.) German companies view customers as an unfortunate byproduct of being in business..... but all of this doesn't stop me from buying Volkswagens because I just can't find a car that I like better, you just need to have a zen attitude about it.


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Awesome!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By jonmennini@comcast.net
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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This is my 4th VW and I love it! The power and the accessibility of gaining even more power through a tune and some bolt ons!


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Tunnel Traffic Hatch Back Under $25K, Awesome!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Rick
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Its the #1 selling model in its line up so dealers are reluctant to negotiate but be patient. This car is fantastically fun. Its a roomy powerful hatchback. On the interstate you can pass everybody with ease. Anybody with a sports car challenges this car. Parking is a breeze. Gas mileage for a 210hp car is great 30 mpg at 65mph...any faster or sportier the driving, the lower it goes but the inverse is also true, 55 mph holds a wonderful 35mpg. Its quick, handles great and comfortable, supportive for long trips. I drive 30k+ miles a year from South Carolina to New York and live in Virginia. I don't even have the sports package and its the 2 door S model and its holding up great. Electronics have worked flawless. Bluetooth is spot on and works up to 20 feet away. Controls are intuitive and easy to remember. Lighting is all LED. Everything can be reached from the driver seat. Rain, snow and summer heat do nothing to slow this car down. 2 Oil changes, 4 tire rotations and this car is running like a deer. No mechanical issues at all. I tested all the hatch back cars on the market and all Golf models and the GTI S model..stock, is all you need. My few comfort after market add-ons are the windows tinted 150$, added a 8' sub 250$ at from Best Buy, changed out the headlight control unit 80$ to control lights better, pull out the old headlight control and plug in the new. Dont waste money on dealer options...everything is less expensive on the after market products. This car is made to be a plug and play friendly car.... but Keep it simple, maintain your ride and you wont be disappointed. Nobody drives as much as me in a car like this. 34K miles in one year interstate and city southeast Va...tunnel traffic city!


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The worst car I have ever owned
2 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By Tom D
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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I've had this car for 5K miles. At 4K miles the oil light comes on. I find out the Audi 2.0L turbo is a known oil burner. The sunroof creaks loudly been in for a repair once now the sound is back. The MPG are at the low end of the city/highway rating (around 24mpg) even though I drive a mix city/highway with no traffic. It's not very fast and rides very roughly. No point in putting a powerful engine in FWD car because it can't get any power to the pavement. I really hate this car but because of the VW scandal the resale value has dropped like a rock. Please do yourself a favor and pass on this horrible car.


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