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2011 Volkswagen GTI
2011 Volkswagen GTI
Available Price Range $8,758-$16,842 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 26 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

Redesigned a year ago, the Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling to the Golf. It comes as a two- or four-door hatch, both with an optional Autobahn Package that consists mostly of interior upgrades. Competitors include the Mazdaspeed3, Subaru WRX and Mini Cooper S.Several options have bee... 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

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Standard turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic
  • Related to VW Golf


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in January 2010 about the 2010 Volkswagen GTI. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Never the fastest or most outlandish-looking car in its class, the Volkswagen GTI has long been the civilized sport compact — like ... Read full review for the 2011 Volkswagen GTI

Consumer Reviews


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A Blast to Drive

by GTI MK6 Owner from Florida on February 7, 2011

They've made some things optional that were standard in the past. I love the new look on the 2011. The car handles like it's on rails. Since VW makes the Audi as well it stands to reason they are not ... Read Full Review


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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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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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