2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Fantastic Car

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Fantastic Car
By CamarilloGTI on


2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I test drove a GTI, Civic SI, Focus SVT, Subaru WRX and Celica GT. They're all great cars. If money was no object and it weren't so ugly I would've gone for the WRX. But taking money and style into consideration the GTI is the best choice. The engine is very torquey. I love the solid feel of this car. Just shut the door and hear a solid thud, not a hollow boom like on the RSX. Slide the turn signal and feel it snick into place. Run your hands over the dash and feel the quality of the components used, unlike the hard plastics in the Celica. Its the little things like these which gives a car so much of its soul that I never seem to find on a Japanese car.

Best Features

The engine and the styling/quality o fhte GTI are superb. This car is also easily tuned/modded. It is a genuine pleasure to drive. There is lots of usable cargo space. Adults have lots of headroom in the back unlike the RSX and Celica.

Worst Features

The cupholder sucks. The car has too much body roll. After 5000 miles I started developing rattles in the passenger door. The Michelin MXMXwhatever tires that come from the factory are not performance tires. And finally, the shifter is rubbery.
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