(4.9) 30 reviews
MSRP: $9,873$18,401
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 26
Engine: 200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

The Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling of the Golf. It comes as a two- or four-door hatchback, both with an optional Autobahn Package that consists mostly of interior upgrades. The GTI seats five and competitors include the Mazdaspeed3, Subaru Impreza WRX and Mini Cooper S.LED daytime ... 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

4 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.