(4.4) 10 reviews
MSRP: $2,239$8,103
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

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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


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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

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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

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When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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