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2011 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Reviews

4.1
Average based on 29 reviews
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A Blast to Drive

by 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 ...
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 going to put the same horsepower in the GTI that they put in the TT. You're supposed to get something more when you trade up to the TT. For those that don't feel it's powerful enough, it's a simple matter to have the computer flashed and get more than 300 HP out of it. Since it is one of the few V.W.'s that is still entirely made in Germany, I find the fit and finish to be superb. It's my daily driver and I love it.
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Performance is Latent

by from Rochester, NY on April 11, 2011

For all those people complaining about the power of this car they are really missing out. The power is there just get it chipped and put a cold air intake in. These are not expensive upgrades and make...
For all those people complaining about the power of this car they are really missing out. The power is there just get it chipped and put a cold air intake in. These are not expensive upgrades and make a world of difference. As far as Europe getting a better engine you are wrong. They have different software utilizing the power of the engine. VW's and Audi's have been detuned for the U.S. for a long time. I'm guessing it has to do with gas mileage. Open your eyes people this car has power don't settle for stock.
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Will give you everything you want!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on May 26, 2011

For people who think this car doesn't have enough power; here's a few simple mods that WILL compete easily with the WRX and other similar cars. Two simple mods, a K&N cold intake and a magnaflow muffl...
For people who think this car doesn't have enough power; here's a few simple mods that WILL compete easily with the WRX and other similar cars. Two simple mods, a K&N cold intake and a magnaflow muffler or similar performance muffler. With these you get a car that WILL do 0-60 in under 6 secs. mine did 5.5 secs with the DGS transmission. These mods should only cost you around $500-$600 and when you add that on to the price of the vehicle, it's a no brainer compared to what you would spend on so called upper model car. And for those people who think it won't drive in the snow, simply manually shift, don't slam on the gas pedal and drive it in a slower gear, I live in a hilly area and drove it in 6 inches of snow and got home fine. So basically the car is the best of both worlds, good gas milage, great performance and speed (remember simple mods if you want more) and drive it smart and it will do fine in the snow. Two last things if you want to know exactly how to use the launch control system, go on YouTube and search askaVWdealer GTI Launch control, it will educate you alot. And the race tuned front and rear suspension is second to none in it's class.
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Angel In My Pocket Rocket

by from Charlotte NC on August 24, 2011

Been a life long Japanese car owner, but wanted to try something different. Been reading and studying cars for a year and the clear winner based on all aspects of the driving experience was the VW GTI...
Been a life long Japanese car owner, but wanted to try something different. Been reading and studying cars for a year and the clear winner based on all aspects of the driving experience was the VW GTI. So far, so great! Fun to drive, handles like a dream, accelerates with ease, and has very comfortable seats. Mine is the two-door model. Plenty of room in the front and the back with very good visabilty for the driver. Really like the way the seats are able to move up and down like a barbers chair so easily. I use to hate my commute, now I look forward to the drive to and from work. Love my hot hatch!
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Sporty fun hatchback that a blast to drive

by from Florida on August 26, 2011

I enjoy driving this car better than my 1999 Camaro SS, 6 speed LS1. It has enough power in sports mode for having fun yet it's a great daily driver with good gas mileage.
I enjoy driving this car better than my 1999 Camaro SS, 6 speed LS1. It has enough power in sports mode for having fun yet it's a great daily driver with good gas mileage.
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Great Little Car!

by from Fresno CA on June 8, 2011

This is the fourth VW I have owned. The GTI is a lot more fun than the old Beetles and Squareback I had earlier. I have owned this GTI for nearly 10 months and have driven it 12,000 miles. Great as a ...
This is the fourth VW I have owned. The GTI is a lot more fun than the old Beetles and Squareback I had earlier. I have owned this GTI for nearly 10 months and have driven it 12,000 miles. Great as a daily driver as well as for longer road trips. Sheer joy to drive on a twisty mountain road. Makes the daily commute an adventure instead of a chore. The six speed manual and eager turbocharged engine offer plenty of power. I've gotten as high as 33 mpg on road trips and regularly get in the high 20's for daily driving (mixed freeway and surface streets).The fit and finish are superb. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat!
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Best Value. Period.

by from Cincinnati, OH on May 7, 2014

Absolutely the best bang for your buck car on the market, period. I have owned the 2 door base model of this vehicle for over 3 years and driven 43.5k miles with absolutely no issues. The outstandin...
Absolutely the best bang for your buck car on the market, period. I have owned the 2 door base model of this vehicle for over 3 years and driven 43.5k miles with absolutely no issues. The outstanding quality of construction is evident in the sound the door makes when it closes, the materials throughout the cabin, and the smooth performance of the engine and transmission. When you don't want to compromise between interior quality and comfort, performance, fuel economy, storage space, and cost of ownership, the GTI is the go to vehicle. Such a thrill to drive! Standard features like turn signals in the side view mirrors, heated seats, turbocharged engine, automatic brake for hill starts, bluetooth and AUX audio, interior LED lighting, leather steering wheel and shifter with red stitching, twin chrome tip exhaust, bucket seats, and much more make this vehicle a step above the rest and an absolute joy to be in. Steering is smooth, turn radius is excellent, and so much power! I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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Fun Drive

by from Spencer. IN on July 27, 2012

I bought this model 2011 2dr auto with nav and sunroof used with 11000 miles. I have only owned a month but have put more than 5000 miles on it. I like the car! Mileage is as expected if you don't pla...
I bought this model 2011 2dr auto with nav and sunroof used with 11000 miles. I have only owned a month but have put more than 5000 miles on it. I like the car! Mileage is as expected if you don't play street racer! It is sprung tightly and handles well but you will feel the road if it is not relatively smooth. It is quick for real life situations. If you want to race get a WRX but for everyday fun this is the car. The seats are very comfortable. In my search this car delivers the most fun for the money!
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I LOVE this car!

by from Jersey Shore on March 19, 2012

Pound for pound this car is awesome! It's my second time around, I had a '97, now I have a 2011. My '97 rocked 190K with minimal troubles. My 2011 feels like I'm driving a performance car that gets 30...
Pound for pound this car is awesome! It's my second time around, I had a '97, now I have a 2011. My '97 rocked 190K with minimal troubles. My 2011 feels like I'm driving a performance car that gets 30MPG. It's smooth, quite, quick, and handles like a demon. There's a reason the GTI is the benchmark for hot hatches. Best of all I feel like an adult when I drive it. The finish is tight and precise. It's a great car.
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MKVI GTI

by from on October 5, 2015

I've owned this car for 3 years now, and to say the least, I love it. It's the best car I've ever owned. It does exactly what I want it to do on a regular basis. Gets me to the store to buy groceries,...
I've owned this car for 3 years now, and to say the least, I love it. It's the best car I've ever owned. It does exactly what I want it to do on a regular basis. Gets me to the store to buy groceries, or gets me to work cruising down the back roads when I'm a few minutes late for work. This car does it all, with plenty of power, yet you don't sacrifice on MPG. When I first got the car, I read online it was know for GTI: which stands for gas, tires, and insurance. I have managed to be just shy of 30 mpg on a consistent basis with this car. Yet I can achieve that MPG while still using the car to its fullest potential. The car may have a small engine, but you don't miss out on power at all. I did the APR Stage 1 tune to my GTI and its a whole new machine. Quick off the line, when you need to pass someone when the lanes merge, this car really does do it all. Only gripe about it is I went with the 2 door, and looking back, 4 door would be much nicer. Yes the coupe looks better, but getting young adults, who are between 5'6" and 6' tall is a bit tricky. Other than that, not a single complaint. It really is a great piece of machine.
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