2008 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Awesome Car

2008 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automated Manual)

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Awesome Car
By Kane on


2008 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


Bought this car used (1 year old) with 11000 miles on it. I love it. The 6sp TWIN CLUTCH auto is superb. That was the deciding factor between this and the Mazdaspeed3. 90% of my driving is in rush hour so I didn't want a manual again. Lightening fast shifts. Manual mode makes it very fun to drive. Getting pretty good mileage ~26/27 mostly city. The instrument cluster lighting(blue & red) is fantastic. The heated seats are very supportive, gobs of torque on que, xenon headlights are very bright - even when the car is filthy. This car wants to be driven fast - so fun to drive. I like having to do errands b/c I get to drive the GTI.

Best Features

Twin clutch AUTO. Torque curve peaks and is flat from 1800-5000 RPM. Sliding centre armrest. Factoy stereo, blue cluster lights, 10 airbags, dual climate control, 6 disc in dash CD, ALL FOUR windows are auto up AND down.That little convex mirror on the driver side mirror-eliminates shoulder checks

Worst Features

Could use a touch more HP from factory - like 20-30 to stay competitive with other turbo 4's. You can chip it but that will most likely void your powertrain warranty. But, will be more than enough for most people. The lumbar support is in a weird spot for me
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