• (4.3) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,203$8,411
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 24-27
  • Engine: 180-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2002 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take on the 2002 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

Stronger engines are going into Volkswagen’s sporty GTI hatchback, which gets a model realignment for 2002. The GLS and GLX trims are gone, but the available 1.8-liter turbocharged engine gains 30 horsepower and is now rated at 180 hp. A five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission — sa... Read Full Report


Our Expert Reviews

The Volkswagen GTI, it can be argued, is the one that showed America that small cars can be fun.Back in the early '80s, Volkswagen produced it as a sporty variant on the Rabbit theme. Never mind that it had skinny tires and a mere 90 hp, it spawned a host of imitators and convinced us that even though fuel prices seemed to be heading skyward, driving fun had not been eliminated alo... Read full review for the 2002 Volkswagen GTI

Read All Expert Reviews

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 12 reviews

Write a Review

Can't go wrong with a Volkswagen

by The Stig from Los Angeles CA on January 16, 2012

The Volkswagen GTI is a hot-hatch that provides sportiness yet saves money at the pump. With its 1.8 Turbo engine, it pumps out nearly 200 horsepower. The interior is well made with details that desce... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2002 Volkswagen GTI trim comparison will help you decide.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

Similar Models

Select up to three models to compare with the 2002 Volkswagen GTI