2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Great car, fun, and stylish
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2002 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Great car, fun, and stylish
By AdamBlayton on

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

Review

Bought it after comparing with Mini Cooper, Ford Focus SVT, and Toyota Matrix. Wife wanted 4 door stylish car, (if there is such a thing) I wanted 2 door toy that she would drive when I wasn't. Very impressed with interior design, VW is great with that. Leather is definately a requirement, cloth felt like sitting on wool, very harsh. Sunroof quiet all the time, and definately need 17" - everyone says they never have seen the brakes on a car before they saw my 17"s 1.8T engine is a big sluggish off start, should get better with more miles. 5sp is a blast to drive, turbo engine puts you back in seat at about 1800rpm when accelerating, gotta get used to that..

Favorite Features

Excellent design on interior, lots of hatchback space, good warranty and a very fun sports car. Good back seat entry, ingenious seat/slide design

Suggested Improvements

Bit on the expensive side, compared to Focus SVT with same options, but it is a German car. Bit more power on acceleration perhaps, but that is where the aftermarket comes into play. Also do something with the taillights. Make them like the passat or more stylish
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