2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: A beautiful beast of a car...

2002 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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A beautiful beast of a car...
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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


This is pretty much one of the more amazing
vehicles I've driven. It's an attractively
designed, well-modeled, performance
oriented machine that's ridiculously fun to
drive. To top it all off, it's boosted. Granted,
the turbo isn't huge, but it feels like a kick in
the pants and pushes you down the road
like you wouldn't believe. There's not a rice-
racer on the road that can take this car,
stock. Too sweet. The only car that I've
driven that surpasses this is the Audi S4, but
I'm not sure the difference is worth another
$20k. For a fun, safe, reliable, and above all
boostable car, this is definitely worth a very
long look.

Best Features

Boost! This car's turbo may push that much weight on paper, but it sure feels like a rocket in practice. All boosted cars have that great push feeling, but this one handles beautifully as well. The overall design is amazing, too.

Worst Features

I can't think of one thing I'd improve on this car. A bigger turbo. And a seat-tilt adjustment. Bah, forget it. The car's perfect.
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