My first VW
By Sam on
Vehicle2008 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 05/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
ReviewTest-drove a friend's GTI; I was so impressed I traded in a 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 GT. As expected, I took a pretty good beating on the trade in. But it has been worth it, the GTI is a much more refined driving experience than the Speed 3, the suspension is more compliant to road irregularities and the turbo power plant provides power with virtually no wait time for the turbo to spool up to boost. On paper it is not as fast as the Mazdaspeed 3 but you would swear that is. Quality materials and workmanship throughout, engine and DSG are matched prefectly and is a really wonderful piece of engineering.
Best FeaturesDSG, seamless acceleration, excellent seats, 10,000 mile extended oil changes, refined handling.
Worst FeaturesOffer rain sensing wipers, automatic on/off headlights, automatic climate control (dropped in 2008) and auto dim rear view mirror.
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