2010 Volkswagen GTI Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Volkswagen GTI - Road Test Specs

2010 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
Style4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$24,640
Options on test vehicleBluetooth Connectivity ($199)
As-tested MSRP$24,839


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged direct-injected Inline-4 gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984cc (121cu-in)
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.6
Redline (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)207 @ 1,800
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Being researched


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.6:1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiPro Contact
Tire typeAsymmetrical all-season
Tire size, front225/45R17 91H
Tire size, rear225/45R17 91H
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.3-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear11.3-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 95.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)129
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.5
@ Full throttle (dB)85.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsOther than the sound and a satisfying shifter, this car utterly lacks anything exciting in the acceleration department. Only adequate power, really. Not what I'd call "fast."
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWhere'd the sports car go? Soft pedal until ABS engagement. Best stop is only 129 feet? Really? No fade, however.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsVW appears to have completely written the GTI off as a genuine driver's car. Beginning with the non-defeat stability control and ending with a suspension that's wildly underdamped, there's little left of the enthusiastic GTI we grew to love. Quick steering inputs are met with a huge yaw delay, and the standard all-season tires represent a huge compromise.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)77.5
Wind (mph, direction)0.75 Headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/31 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)15 worst/29 best/23 average (over 1,100 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,113
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,103
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)165.8
Width (in.)70.0
Height (in.)57.8
Wheelbase (in.)101.5
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)59.7
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Being researched


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard (non-defeat)
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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