2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride and handling
  • Dual-clutch transmission
  • Cabin quality and roominess
  • Brakes
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Steering feel
  • Dated multimedia system

Notable Features of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • Redesigned for 2015
  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine standard
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Related to automaker's Golf hatchback

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2015, the Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling of the Golf. It comes as a two- or four-door hatchback and has room for five people. Competitors include the Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper S.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Thin honeycomb grille with red stripe
  • Gaping lower front intake
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires; summer tires available
  • Dual tailpipes
  • LED fog lights
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Plaid cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Heated front sport seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Touch-screen stereo; Fender premium stereo available
  • iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available push-button start

Under the Hood

  • 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available Performance Package raises engine output to 220 hp and includes larger brakes and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact ai...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2015, the Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling of the Golf. It comes as a two- or four-door hatchback and has room for five people. Competitors include the Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper S.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Thin honeycomb grille with red stripe
  • Gaping lower front intake
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires; summer tires available
  • Dual tailpipes
  • LED fog lights
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Plaid cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Heated front sport seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Touch-screen stereo; Fender premium stereo available
  • iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available push-button start

Under the Hood

  • 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available Performance Package raises engine output to 220 hp and includes larger brakes and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Automatic post-collision braking
  • Available backup camera
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available forward collision warning

 


Latest 2015 Golf GTI Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

A lot of power for a small moter

by Thavisionary from Orlando,Fl on August 12, 2018

Driving a turbo makes this car a joy to drive. It gets great gas mileage and is very comfortable for longer commutes. The heated seat and Bluetooth streaming are gr at additions. It is missing the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Style, comfort and performance

by Spmhealy from Sewell on July 25, 2018

This car not only looks great inside and out but also packs performance. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants to look good and have some speed under them while doing so. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 2-Door

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Golf GTI received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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