2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: I'm a believer....

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Only considered the GTI 1.8T and RSX Type-S for my work car, LOVE both,
but it came down to the VW having more equipment for $2K+ less. More
airbags, bigger tires/rims, longer warranty, better sounding stereo (so sorry
Bose), arm rest, cheaper to insure, more hatch/trunk space, etc. Wanted
silver 5-speed with leather, but all have been sold in this region, had to settle
for cloth and AT, but not disappointed, Tiptronic is a great compromise. I
think the RSX is quicker off the line, but the 1.8T really pins you to your seat
once it fires up. I think the GTI feels quicker than any of the Type-S's I
drove. Both sweet cars, but VW is better for the $$$.

Best Features

1.8T, packed with clever features, dash lights at night, much more

Worst Features

The later in the model year, the less cars to choose from, less aggressive than RSX, not seen as 'luxury' like Acura, seat comfort
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