(4.4) 8 reviews
MSRP: $2,270$10,902
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 22
Engine: 240-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2004 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

Volkswagen’s energetic GTI hatchback got a sporty, three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-covered handbrake lever and gearshift knob for 2003. Premium CD radios added backlit buttons, and an enhanced windshield-wiper system was also installed. Volkswagen’s Electroni... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort with sport suspension
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available Electronic Stabilization Program
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags


Consumer Reviews


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Expensive Fun

by Everett from Chicago, IL on March 20, 2009

I've owned a GTI for 4 years now and they have been filled with ups and downs. Our GTI has the 1.8L Turbo which offers never ending fun, when it's working. The looks are nice, the finish on the interi... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

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.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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