Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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2012 Volkswagen GTI

Pros

  • Hatchback versatility
  • interior sophistication
  • supple ride
  • good fuel economy.

Cons

  • Competitors are quicker and handle better
  • lack of interior storage.

Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback for Sale

Volkswagen GTI 2012 PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
115,636 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
PZEV
E Trade Auto Sales
8.8 mi away
List$8,750
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 Autobahn 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
65,620 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
Autobahn
(26)
Criswell Honda
16 mi away
List$13,900
Est.Loan: $260/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012
66,773 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
(6)
Maximum Auto Outlet
18.2 mi away
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Dealer Notes
***LOW MILEAGE, 6 SPEED MANUAL, VERY NICE.....................2012 VOLKSWAGEN GTI 4 DOOR HATCHBACK, CARBON GRAY WITH A PLAID INTERIOR, POWER SUNROOF, HEATED SEATS, ALL POWER, KEYLESS ENTRY, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, FOGLIGHTS, SIDE AIRBAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, DUAL EXHAUST, TRACTION CONTROL, 18 INCH UPGRADED ALLOY WHEELS, ONLY 66K MILES, CLEAN CARFAX WITH 17 SERVICE RECORDS***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Volkswagen GTI 2012 PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
27,800 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
PZEV
(10)
Volvo Cars of Bethesda
21.2 mi away
List$13,999
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
92,404 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
Base
DARCARS Toyota of Silver Spring
28.4 mi away
List$10,991
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
64,537 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
Base
(6)
Best Deals on Wheels
49.7 mi away
List$10,450
Est.Loan: $195/mo
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$287 Below Market
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
61,384 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
PZEV
Superior Wholesalers
53.2 mi away
List$11,995
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
124,163 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
Base
(3)
MBL Auto
57.1 mi away
List$7,897
Est.Loan: $148/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 Autobahn PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
86,366 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
Autobahn PZEV
(1)
CarMax
60.3 mi away
List$13,598
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Volkswagen GTI 2012 PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
102,368 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen GTI
PZEV
Mechanicsville Honda
98.4 mi away
List$10,876
Est.Loan: $203/mo
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$299 Below Market
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Volkswagen GTI might not make top performance numbers, but overall, it's one of our top picks for a sporty hatchback.

vehicle overview

On numbers alone, the case for buying a 2012 Volkswagen GTI isn't particularly strong. It's slower and porkier than its main hot-hatch competitors, and gets bested by all in our acceleration, braking and handling tests. Wait, slower and porkier? Even Robert Shapiro might have a hard time swaying a jury on this one.

Fortunately for the defense, there's more to the GTI than numbers. Away from the test track, the GTI remains fun to drive and its compliant suspension is quite good at smoothing budget-starved urban pavement. The GTI's interior is also uncommonly upscale, offering premium materials, a restrained design, supportive front seats and plenty of room for either rear passengers or cargo.

Under the hood is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine making 200 horsepower -- the same engine used in a host of other VW models. There's no denying the power deficit to the hot-hatchback competition: as much as 60 hp. Yet the GTI's mill still proves enjoyable in the driving experience, delivering useful low-end torque, a throaty exhaust note and even fuel economy. You can also pair the 2.0-liter with VW's DSG dual-clutch automated manual transmission, which combines the easy clutch engagement of an automatic with the precise powertrain control of a manual.

If speed and handling are your true priorities, there are better choices. The Mazdaspeed 3 and Subaru WRX both outgun the GTI in a straight line, while a Mini Cooper S is more nimble in the corners. But overall, the VW GTI adds up to more than the sum of its performance numbers in a way that its competition cannot match. It will ease you through the work week, then put a grin on your face as you head out of town for the weekend.

The case for the 2012 Volkswagen GTI is very solid indeed.

2012 Volkswagen GTI configurations

The 2012 Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance version of the Golf hatchback. Two-door and four-door body styles are offered. (An even higher-performance variant, the limited-production Golf R, will also be available this year.) There are two main trim levels: base and Autobahn.

The base GTI's standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, foglights, heated outside mirrors, launch control (with DSG only), a sport suspension, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles (DSG only), cruise control, a trip computer, air-conditioning, heated front sport seats, plaid cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats with a center pass-through, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and iPod integration.

The base GTI can be fitted with the Convenience and Sunroof package, which gets you a sunroof, multifunction steering wheel controls, a touchscreen interface for the stereo and an in-dash CD changer. The GTI with Sunroof and Navigation adds adaptive xenon headlamps, LED running lights and a touchscreen navigation system.

The range-topping GTI Autobahn includes the preceding features, plus different 18-inch wheels, partial-leather seating, keyless ignition/entry and a premium sound system.

2012 Highlights

The 2012 Volkswagen GTI gets new LED daytime running lights and minor feature-availability revisions, but otherwise carries on unchanged.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive 2012Volkswagen GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 200 hp and 207 pound-feet of torque. In California-emissions states, a cleaner partial-zero-emissions-vehicle (PZEV) version of this engine is also available.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual (called DSG) is optional. The DSG operates like a standard automatic, but it can be shifted manually by utilizing the shift lever on the center console or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

In Edmunds testing, a GTI with a manual transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Competitors are at least a half-second faster. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined for DSG-equipped GTIs. The manual transmission achieves slightly less, at 21/31/25 mpg.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2012 Volkswagen GTI includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the GTI earned a top rating of "Good" in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. In Edmunds performance testing, braking from 60 to zero mph required 129 feet -- a full car length longer than the Mazdaspeed 3's impressively short 115-foot halt.

Driving

If you go by the spec sheet, the GTI isn't as quick or nimble as other sport hatchbacks. But unless you're battling for the quickest quarter-mile or lap time, the VW provides a better overall driving experience. Turbo lag is nearly undetectable and torque steer is apparent only when the car is driven with reckless abandon. Either transmission choice performs admirably, with the DSG offering smooth shifts. In everyday driving, the GTI feels solid and composed, though some enthusiast drivers will probably complain that the suspension tuning is too soft for truly aggressive driving.

On the flip side, the GTI gets high marks for comfort and ride quality compared to the competition. At highway speeds, the cabin is as quiet as any you'll find in a luxury car, while a compliant suspension smoothes over normal bumps in the road. All told, the 2012 Volkswagen GTI strikes an impressive balance between performance and comfort that will satisfy most drivers.

Interior

Among sporty hatchbacks, we rank the 2012 GTI's interior at the top. Retro plaid seat fabric aside, the cabin reflects a serious and mature design, with hints of Audi's upscale trim and switchgear throughout. You won't find better materials in the segment, nor front seats that are as sporty and supportive for punchy driving or casual cruising. Unfortunately, you also won't find many places to stash phones, wallets and sunglasses, since the GTI continues to suffer from a lack of useful storage spaces.

Gaining access to the surprisingly roomy rear seats is naturally easier with the four-door GTI, but ingress and egress to the two-door's rear seat is relatively painless. Behind the rear seats, the cargo area can hold up to 12.4 cubic feet -- double the capacity of a Mini Cooper, but about average for other hatchbacks. This volume increases when the split-folding rear seats are down, opening up 46 cubic feet of room.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Volkswagen GTI.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

1-yr Review
shdwblumkvi,12/23/2012
I bought my 2012 6MT shadow blue GTI 1 year ago today. Here is my 1 Year Review. After 365 days of owning a brand new GTI, my first VW, I can say it has been great. But along with the good, I've had to accept some problems. My fuel injector failed at 20k miles and left me on the side of the road. This is a common weakness of the GTI. If you want reliable and dependable, buy a Honda. If you want German and high performance, expect to have some issues with this car. Some people have zero problems. You may get lucky. But plan on not being so lucky. I love driving this car, but don't know if I will keep it once the warranty is over. Expect to have problems, but it is a wonderful car.
The 50-mile review
nkanafan,06/09/2012
This is a 50 mile "first impressions" for my GTI autobahn, DSG, 4dr. The plethora of positive reviews online are right: excellent build quality, amazing driving dynamics, quiet smooth ride for size, excellent brakes, and great looking with a squat, low stance. The DSG takes getting used to and does feel hesitant at first but "squirts" you around town. As with previous GTIs, torque is abundant. I put two boosters and a nine year old in the back no problem! They are skinny though. Issues. There are a few minor ergonomic foibles. With the correct driving position for me, the steering wheel obstructs the top of speedo. Some controls are too low and parts of them cannot be visualized.
Great real car
dingol,05/26/2012
I drive sports cars. I frequently end up selling them due to not being able to use all their power and features on the road. The GTI Gives real world performance. You can utilize all the gears without committing a felony. Well balanced. Powerful but not too much. Power comes on smoothly from about 2000 rpm (when boost is entered) all the way up. No need to keep it up at redline all day. I finally have a car that is comfortable enough to commute in yet still sporty enough to take the twisty way home. If you're a number racer, buy a Ferrari. If you love to drive pick up the gti. Easy real 4 passenger commuter near mini s performance. Corners near red territory.
So far so good
deeperseoul,11/17/2012
My first VW ever and digging it!. I've always had interest in GTI and there was 0% apr opportunity back in July. One test drive pretty much sold me the car. My attachment of this car is almost equal to the time when i got my first car back in 1988(Nissan Maxima). Although, brand new car picked up from the dealer was already defective with faulty head light ballester, it has not given me any other issues so far. I see why people rave about this car...driving this car is very gratifying. It may not be the most powerful or reliable car but for me, this car has more personality than competitors.
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Features & Specs

MPG
21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
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Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback Overview

The Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback is offered in the following styles: PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Autobahn PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Autobahn PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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Price comparisons for Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback PZEV is priced between $8,750 and$13,999 with odometer readings between 27800 and115636 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback Base is priced between $7,897 and$10,991 with odometer readings between 64537 and124163 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback Autobahn is priced between $13,900 and$13,900 with odometer readings between 65620 and65620 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback Autobahn PZEV is priced between $13,598 and$13,598 with odometer readings between 86366 and86366 miles.

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