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By julianef on
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Review
This car has the right blend of practicality and performance. Wanted a car that will make my daily commute fun and confortable and so far has delivered all that flawlessly. Surely a BMW would be better but costs 10-15 grand more. While japanese cars have their own advantages, VW is more refined, and, if looking at quality/price ratio, VW tops its competition. I hope that VW is working to bring up the plants in Brazil and Mexico to its German counterparts standards as the quality issues still affect Golfs and especially Jettas available in America.
Favorite Features
1.8T is an excellent powerplant for a car of this size. Torque. Interior fit and finish. Germanic driving feel. Hatchback design, also offered by Civic Si and Focus SVT, is more practical than the coupe styling of the other sporty cars.
Suggested Improvements
Seats, front and back, are less comfortable than Civics and Corollas. Stick is stiff, I miss my Civic's stick feel now that I have the torque and power. 4 door needed for GTI or a 1.8T sporty Golf version, this is not a baby friendly car at all. Regular fuel for 1.8T.
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