Used 2008 Volkswagen GLI Pricing


Consumer Rating
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2008 Highlights

For 2008, this compact sport sedan drops the "Jetta" part of its name to become known simply as the Volkswagen GLI. Other changes include the deletion of automatic climate control from the options list and the swapping out of last year's "Fahrenheit" package for this year's "Autobahn."


Pros

  • Powerful turbo engine, comfortable ride, tight handling, rich interior materials, plenty of standard safety features, solid build quality.

Cons

  • Exterior styling not exciting enough for this type of car, option packages can quickly drive up the price.

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Features & Specs

4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
MPG252425
Seating555
Transmission6-speed automated manual6-speed manual6-speed automated manual
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower200 hp @ 5100 rpm200 hp @ 5100 rpm200 hp @ 5100 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    A
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Volkswagen GLI

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Consumer Rating


62k Miles & Still goin' Strong.
I know the title of the review doesn't seem too impressive, but for all the VW nay-sayers it's saying something. This is my 2nd review on the car, the original being back in 12/2007. My overall stance on the car has not changed in the few years and 60,000 miles that have passed. My car still consumes very little to no oil within the 5k mile oil change intervals and has not had a mechanical break down. Some of the parts on the car have needed to be changed however (trunk gas struts, valve cover gasket & electronic door lock module). If you're looking at one second hand, check for oil leaks or slower performance/lower gas mileage (carbon buildup issue). Still 30ish MPG, still a sweet ride.
08 GLI (Trigger)
I loved the car when I first bought it, since I worked for Vw at the time. It handles great and has great throttle response. The color of the gauges at night are super cool. I like the ease of controls from the steering wheel instead of having to fiddle with the main controls. One thing that has bothered me is 8 months ago from July 1st 2009, is that it started having problems. Tonight while coming from work the display said stop engine, oil pressure etc. For an 08 GLI w/ 30K thats awful. Make sure you check you oil people. I drive only 5K per oil change as told to and Somehow I'm on the minimum part of dipstick!!
First Test Drove
I've mainly purchased BMWs and Audis, probably a good reason for that. My wife and I test drove the 08 GLI 4dr with DSG. Transmission was fairly jumpy in my mind, breaks were not as solid, and the handling was very loose. Of course I'm coming from a 06 325i and comparing it to this VW. In my mind it isn't as sporty as some people think it is or handles as well. A vehicle that compares well to BMW that is not an Audi or Mercedes, is the 08 Mini Cooper S AM. I was very impressed with this vehicle and probably will purchase one. And I know that VW makes Audi and etc. But transmissions are different, i don't think the DSG compares well enough to Audi's tiptronic nor BWM's SMG. Sorry.
Used 2008 Volkswagen GLI Overview

The Used 2008 Volkswagen GLI is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). Pre-owned Volkswagen GLI models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 200 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2008 Volkswagen GLI comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual, 6-speed manual. The Used 2008 Volkswagen GLI comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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