2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automated Manual w/Prod. End 05/08 Consumer Review - Falls Short of the Mazda3
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2008 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

2008 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 05/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

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Falls Short of the Mazda3
By Rob on

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2008 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 05/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

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While the 08 GTI is fun to drive and well designed, it still falls short of the competition. The steering feels much heavier than what one would expect in a sport tuned hatch. The performance of the automatic transmission is also sub-par, as it frequently shifts to higher gears too quickly causing the engine to strain and grumble. Iíve ended up using the paddle shifters to correct the problem. My 05 Mazda3 (S) with automatic transmission and 156hp had better handling and off the line acceleration.

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Honeycomb grille. Bi-Xenon headlamps. 10 speaker audio system. Stock rims.
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