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2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
My first VW ever and digging it!. I've always had interest in GTI and there was 0% apr opportunity back in July. One test drive pretty much sold me the car. My attachment of this car is almost equal to the time when i got my first car back in 1988(Nissan Maxima). Although, brand new car picked up from the dealer was already defective with faulty head light ballester, it has not given me any other issues so far. I see why people rave about this car...driving this car is very gratifying. It may not be the most powerful or reliable car but for me, this car has more personality than competitors.
Bi xenon headlights with Audi like LED DRLs. High quality interior. Well sorted and solid feeling chassis.
Panorama sunroof option would be a nice touch for next gen MK7.
2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Owned a 1996 GTi (4 cyl), 2004 GTi (VR6) and now a new "left over" 2012 GTi 4-door with the DSG automatic and moonroof and nav package. A really solid, well put-together car with a great mix of style, sportiness, economy, and utility. After two cars with maual transmissions I opted for the DSG this time with no regrets. Really like the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Lots of fun. Couldn't deal with the cost of an all-wheel-drive Golf R, so I "settled" for the GTi. No regrets.
DSG transmission, user-friendly stereo, nav, and bluetooth. The bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights come with the moonroof and nav package and are worth the price. LEDs are very cool and unique - not that many GTis running around Connecticut with the LEDs. The bi-xenons actually turn with the steering to light corners. Love it.
Heated seats need to be turned on every time you start the car (my '04 GTi allowed you to turn them on once and they would always be on when you start the car - long, cold winters here). Trunk space is surprising smaller than my '04 GTi. Not sure if it's because I opted for the 4-door? Moonroof switch should be lit. Cannot disable the horn toot when the car is locked. Why is that? For that matter, why exactly does any car need the horn to sound when the car is locked?
2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Because I drive so little (4000 miles/yr), I wanted something sporty, stylish, and most of all fun! So after trying several other cars the past 2 years, I found exactly what I wanted in a GTI. It has the perfect balance of sport, economy, and adult-styling. It is quick, but not gas-wasting fast. It is nicely outfitted on the inside, has a wonderful exhaust/turbo sound, and looks sharp from the outside. This car is a bit pricey new, but I found mine one year used with 6000 miles for an awesome price. Got the model with navigation which also has the attractive and functional bi-xenon/LED lights. I'm sure there are longer lasting, more reliable cars, but life's too short not to enjoy your car.
LED lights, hatchback convenience, DynAudio system, styling, handling, easy to park, fluid manual transmission, overall driving experience.
VW could probably sell a million of these cars if they priced them about $5K less. The one I purchased would have run about $28-29K new, which is a lot for a small car. I would have liked to have a power drivers seat that allows for tilting the seat cushion (that part you sit on). Homelink would have been nice. The seat side bolsters are a little narrow (and I'm tall and thin).
2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Great car... fun to drive, well made, roomy and comfortable. Great MPG and performance too! Recently returned from a trip from Eureka, CA to Palm Springs. Returned via Santa Barbara, then up the coast on Hwy 1. Great drive. 29MPG average for whole trip... was better until the leg up Hwy 1.
Performance.... build quality.... comfort.... MPG
Could have more storage areas inside the car.
2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
After buying a new 2012 VW passat in July 2012, I decided to trade it in for a new 2012 GTI. While the passat was a nice BIG family sedan, I wanted to drive something fun and sporty. Also, I was having alot of trouble seeing at night with the Passat. Anyway, I got the new GTI over the weekend. It is so entirely different than the passat. I can understand why people say they look forward to driving it everyday. I feel the same way. The visibility, comfort and feel of the car is so great. It's smaller, but still has plenty of room. I find that I'm playing the stereo less now because I like listening to the sound of the engine and the turbo.
seats so comfortable, turbo engine, handling, gas efficiency, sportiness
The only improvement I would say is to add more inside storage compartments. It's somewhat limited. You can get by with what's available, but a little more would be nice. That being said, I would still buy the car any day of the week.
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