2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: The best Pocket Rocket.

2002 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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By buckeye_in_CA on


2002 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


I have the late year 200-bhp 6-speed version. Well worth the wait. The ride is smooth, while the handling is very responsive; the acceleration is very good for the size of the engine. I've put 11,400 miles on in the past 7 months, and no faults yet. The interior is very comfortable for a sporty car (I'm 6'2", 225 lb). The cupholder could be in a mildly better position (right in front of the radio controls), but it's the best cupholder I've ever seen. Aside from that, the interior is designed for people who take driving very seriously. Complaints: 1. The car occasionally stalls when attempting a warm start. 2. The Monsoon Stereo sucks.

Best Features

200-bhp VR6 is well worth it. The 6- speed manual is not geared for fuel efficiency, but it makes accelerating too easy. The trip computer & instrument panel are easy to read. Seats are comfortable for large people.

Worst Features

Improve the factory head unit. The double-din unit in the GTI is VERY poor. Replacing the head unit with an aftermarket helps tremendously. Move the cupholder out of the way of the radio. 6th gear could be more fuel efficient.
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