2010 Volkswagen GTI

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38 reviews
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Available Price Range $8,483-$15,875 Trims2 Combined MPG 26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

The Volkswagen GTI carries on as the high-performance brother to the new Golf, which replaces the Rabbit for 2010. The new GTI gets a completely restyled exterior and interior, but mechanically it&... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Choppy highway ride
  • Road and wind noise
  • Slow-reacting automatic transmission
  • Backseat too low to the ground
  • Modest acceleration relative to competitors

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2010
  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Standard turbocharged engine
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic
  • Related to VW Golf
  • Electronic limited-slip differential


Our Expert Reviews

Never the fastest or most outlandish-looking car in its class, the Volkswagen GTI has long been the civilized sport compact — like a grunge guitarist with a haircut and a Men's Wearhouse suit. Redesigned for 2010, this still holds true. The GTI looks rakish but not rowdy; it prefers balance to sheer power. The kids will prefer a Mazdaspeed3 or Subaru WRX, but the GTI will keep its f... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

Based on 38 reviews

excellent car!! A+

by patrick e from Los Angeles CA on March 27, 2011

This is an awesome car, performance is there! econmy in the same time & powerfull.. I'm super glad I bought one!

2 Trims 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 is currently 1 recall for this car.

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

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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