2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: VR6 power kicks up the fun

2003 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L V6 6-speed Manual)

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VR6 power kicks up the fun
By rocket500 on


2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)


Test drove both the 1.8t and the VR6.
Could have had leather, roof and
monsoon with the 1.8t for the same
money, but I preferred the greatly
increased low end tourque, 6 speed
transmission and more reliable engine
of the VR6 vs. the turbo. Handling is
fairly good, although tuned more to
comfort than true sport car
performance. The wife's Focus SVT will
run circles around it through the
turns. All season tires don't help.
Power of the motor is best feature-
flexible, lots of grunt, smooth revs.
Comfort is high. Sport seats are nice-
supportive and comfortable. Highway
ride is excellent.

Best Features

Motor, motor, motor. Interior layout. Sport seats. Lots of standard features.

Worst Features

Love the motor, but more power would be even better- some cars like the Dodge SRT-4 now feature more juice. Option of higher performance tires would be welcome. The all-seasons don't work all that well in snow anyway.
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