2010 Volkswagen GTI: Is It PZEV Emissions Rated?
October 29, 2010
After reading a few days ago on how the Chevrolet Volt won't earn PZEV certification and then later looking at specs for the 2011 GTI, it made me realize that our GTI might have PZEV certification for emissions. Cleaner tailpipe emissions from a GTI than a Volt? That's kind of cool. (Though, admittedly, the Volt's circumstances are seemingly tied up in technicalities.) But similar to my experience with my emission fact-finding adventure on our long-term Sonata, it's not all that easy to find out if a car is PZEV or not.
On Edmunds.com, it's pretty easy to see that the GTI is offered with California-emissions PZEV certification. Our GTI was bought in California, so that's a good start. But now what? My first stop was the window sticker -- no dice. It doesn't list any emission standard info on it. Step two was under the hood. At first, this was inconclusive. There's an emission sticker, and it did show "PZEV" on it, but it wasn't clear to me whether this translated to "Yes, it is a PZEV" or "The GTI can be a PZEV."
So then I did some sleuthing on the internet. The EPA's Green Guide turned out to hold the key. It does list both the regular GTI and the GTI with PZEV (EPA emission scores of 7 and 9.5, respectably.) I drilled down a bit deeper and found an underhood label ID. If the GTI shows "AADXV02.03PA" then it's PZEV. And, check, that's our car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor