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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By deepfry on


2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


My decision to go from my long-time favorite brands Honda/Acura to VW is largely due to the fact that the quality / feature / price of Honda in the recent years simply can't match that of the now Brazil-made GTI. This car has plenty of torque to offer when accelerating despite of its relatively heavy chassis. However, with stock suspension it handles only adequately. I know it is not really fair to compare its handling with my modded 5th gen. Civic Si HB but I have a hard time getting used to the softer suspension and the annoying turbo lag. It just lacks the nimble, swift and responsive feeling I am used to.

Best Features

- superb quality - excellent interior design & engineering - sturdy & rigid body - quiet engine & minimal wind noise - love the heated seats, side mirrors & washer nozzles - wide open entrance into the backseat with the front seat folded forward - handy 12V outlet in the trunk

Worst Features

- the stock "sport" suspension doesn't do justice to this car - shift stick blocks access to A/C knobs - backseat head rests block a large portion of rear view - wouldn't hurt to make the trip computer available to the 1.8T - how about standard foglights?
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