2008 Volkswagen GTI consumer reviews

$22,800–$24,375 MSRP range
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89% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4
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4.7

The car is really fast

This is the best car to cruise around town in. Drives great with plenty of power. Everything in the engine is easy to replace except the turbo.

4.4

Awesome All-Rounder; Just Keep Up With Maintenance

Had a 2008 GTI and this car is everything the moto-press says it is. Very peppy, surprisingly good highway cruiser, much roomier on the inside than the outside would lead you to believe. Straightforward controls. Handles like a sportcar, which also means slightly rough. Great fuel economy. The GTI as are most European cars is very sensitive to maintenance so do NOT slack on it and it will put a huge smile on your face regularly.

3.1

Bad used car experience

Nice car . Has issues . Need to be fixed . No one will call to address the issue. Made it clear to fix the issue before signing the deal . The car came back with the same issue.

5.0

Trusty old friend

This is really my wife's car and I just simply steal it from her whenever I want because I love driving it (own a SportWagen myself). In the 7 years we've owned the GTi it has been a pleasure to own and drive, my wife is so attached to it that she refuses to buy any other new/used car. Over the years its needed a few small things fixed but I still think its one of the most reliable vehicles we've owned (and we owned a lot of them). Its needed a cooling fan which cost us 100 bux about 3 years ago, recently rear rotor shields started to rattle - fixed them for about 2 dollars and some of my time in the driveway (mechanic for trade). Spoiler LED light went out which was covered by the warranty. I do all our maintenance thus it gets 3-5k mile Motul synthetic oil changes, cam follower changes every 30k miles, 40k DSG service. I've updated the PCV system, replaced the timing belt and variable cam timing- chain recently and did 1st carbon cleaning at 100k miles. One set of coil packs and 1 rear wheel bearing - caused a ABS light to come on. I don't think you can find a better car in its price range or category which gives anyone as big of a smile on their face as this GTi. It handles like a dream with good set of Pilot Super Sport and upgraded sway bar. Car gets regularly cleaned/waxed and even after 10 years it looks spectacular. We can afford to own vehicles many times its original price tag, but why ? This car has been a such hoot, we actually own two MKV VWs because this one has impressed me so much !

5.0

Great lil? car !

In my opinion this is one of the best hatch out there. Its quick, light, nimble and VERY responsive. This car is a pocket rocket with seating for 4 or 5.

4.9

Sporty and Fuel efficient

THe best thing about this car and the reason I bought it: when you give it some gas the turbo kicks in and gives great boost and fun. However, cruising down the highway at 70 with cruise control on you get 33 MPG. This car is fun to drive, the dash looks amazing at night and handles like a dream.

4.6

Sporty but well-rounded

I owned this for 7 years and would have held onto it longer if I hadn't moved out of the country. The MkV platform was a complete return to form for the VW hot hatch. It looked the part without being obnoxious or boy-racer, was comfortable for daily driving, and felt fantastic when pushing through twisty back roads. Buying one now means you'll be giving up the modern technologies and creature comforts you can get from newer cars, like bluetooth, but if you want something simple, solid, and fun, I don't think you'll find anything better for the price.

4.7

Nice little car with some pep

Great little car. Has some pep with the 2.0l turbo. Inside is spacious for a two door, lots of room for four people. Used prices are a little high with the high demand. Owning a pickup, the car is a little tougher to get into as it's low to the ground and with the racing style seats, the constant rubbing on the edge of the seat? wears it out faster.

4.9

Best compromise of flexibility and performance

We've loved our 4-door GTI (2008, 5 generation model). We had a 2004 before it and only got rid of it because a rock at the side of the road took out the transmission. Both were 4 doors, which is what is so special about the GTI models. GTI's are the only real high-performance hatchback that you can get with 4 doors. Normally having that first child means jettisoning fun from your life, but with a 4-door GTI you can still have joy on the drive to work, and take the family to the movies on the weekend. VW's get a bad rap for reliability issues. But when you look into it, it's only the ones that the racer-boys have modded that have problems. Keep it stock, don't change the factory tune or suspension, and they are rock solid cars.

5.0

Fully serviced and ready to go

Lots of fun to drive, super fast turbo charged engine with a DSG transmission which is very smooth and with the option of manual shift from steering wheel. This GTI is also great on gas.