2012 Volkswagen Gti
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The Best Next Car

by from Athens, GA on September 1, 2015

The dreaded time had come, I knew I was going to have to sell my beloved Camaro. Two doors, virtually no back seat, and no trunk space just didn't work for me anymore. The days of college and care fre...
The dreaded time had come, I knew I was going to have to sell my beloved Camaro. Two doors, virtually no back seat, and no trunk space just didn't work for me anymore. The days of college and care free driving in a car that drove as good as I felt were long past... Or so I thought. Who says responsible, efficient cars can't be just as, if not more fun? Boring hatchbacks and sluggish sedans had plagued my dreams over the course of months of car shopping. Then, as a mysterious dark knight emerging with the rising sun, I found the new car of my dreams. Could it be? A reasonable hatchback with space for the kids, storage for luggage, and a turbocharged engine to make my old Camaro green with envy? From the moment I shifted into gear with the GTI, equipped with the Autobahn package with all the bells and whistles, I knew my heart would belong to no other. Who says being an adult is no fun? Obviously, they've never driven my Volkswagen.
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Best AllArounder with Zip

by from Fairfax VA (DC Area) on December 11, 2011

GTI is just the best value in sporty compacts. compared to mini, mazda & audi. It doesnt do everything great, but overall its just better. Not the most powerful engine, but its way fun to drive (mazda...
GTI is just the best value in sporty compacts. compared to mini, mazda & audi. It doesnt do everything great, but overall its just better. Not the most powerful engine, but its way fun to drive (mazda 3 has more HP, but how much straight line accel do you need in the suburbs). The wheels and pirelli tires really do rock, plenty of lateral G's. It has great styling, no one has to guess which car you bought (mini has the edge there though, if that is most important to you). Same engine as the audi & the mini's are more expensive and just too small. Audi's get pricey way too fast. For the options i got (sunroof and Nav), this car was a great deal. Plenty of zip - I got the manual, but the DSG with paddles is great. The only down sides: no options available, just trim levels. no interior color options, just leather or cloth (vw take a lesson from mini, is it so hard to offer tan leather? I would have bought the autobahn). The nav system is nice to have integrated but a $150 Garmin is better for just pure nav, this doesnt speak street names. The stereo is just so-so (unless you get the upgraded autobahn unit). i will likely get better speakers, but keep the head unit, it is integrated to the drivers display very nicely. Reliability is hard to judge since it is new. Initial delivery was spotless and havent had a problem yet.
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Right for me

by from Ontario, Canada on February 2, 2013

did a lot of research and bought a 2012 loaded GTI manual. very happy with handling, performance, and gas mileage. love this car more than any other I've owned. i do not expect it to be as reliable as...
did a lot of research and bought a 2012 loaded GTI manual. very happy with handling, performance, and gas mileage. love this car more than any other I've owned. i do not expect it to be as reliable as honda or toyota, but it's a blast to drive, yet economical and practical. If I only knew earlier that it was possible to drive a car like this and not break the bank, I would have bought one long ago.
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GTI, A good choice

by from Las Vegas on October 5, 2011

If you're an enthusiast of sport minded vehicles, you won't be disappointed with the VW GTI. I chose the 6 speed manual with the convenience package. It's a well appointed automobile, good seats, dece...
If you're an enthusiast of sport minded vehicles, you won't be disappointed with the VW GTI. I chose the 6 speed manual with the convenience package. It's a well appointed automobile, good seats, decent stereo, and the ergonomics are great. I'm 6' 2" and there is no shortage of leg or headroom, which was my complaint with the 2012 Civic Si (my second choice of cars this go around). Driving this car puts me in mind of one of my former cars, '05 Cooper S. Nimble, taut, and fun to drive. The GTI is responsive in the curves, and not shy about being pushed to redline. A good choice of performance oriented vehicle, granted, you won't be blasting past the Subaru STi, (another former car) or the Mitsubishi EVO with only 200 horses on tap. It is a very entertaining driver's car with great attention to detail. This my first VW, I doubt it will be my last. I can truly see the Golf R in my future. (hint, hint)
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Oh What FUN it is!

by from Raleigh on November 29, 2011

I have a 2009 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI, which I love (but am concerned about the High Pressure Fuel Pump failures that have become far to common!). We needed a second car and I was considering a new Go...
I have a 2009 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI, which I love (but am concerned about the High Pressure Fuel Pump failures that have become far to common!). We needed a second car and I was considering a new Golf TDI, but the Service Manager at the local dealer suggested I try the GTI. Really glad we got that advice!
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Only flaw is Nav/Stereo

by from San Jose, CA on May 14, 2012

My only critique of the 2012 GTI is that the Nav does not integrate with the phone. The iPhone/Bluetooth interaction is create, it automatically syncs so you can voice dial items in your phones addres...
My only critique of the 2012 GTI is that the Nav does not integrate with the phone. The iPhone/Bluetooth interaction is create, it automatically syncs so you can voice dial items in your phones address book. But you can not navigate to an address in the phones address book. Also the ipod (media) feature does not allow control of the iphone over BT (i.e. pause, play, FF, etc). I'm not sure yet if it does so if hard wired as the cable will not fit in my iPhone with an Apple Bumper on the phone (the corners of the plastic on the plug are too square) and I have not filed them down yet so I don't tend to use the hardwire. Overall I love the car. The manual could be a little more specific (e.g. it does not tell you anything about how the shifts are programmed for the DSG just that there is Sport mode and Drive mode but does not tell your for example once you override the program, how long it will stay in manual before taking over again. You quickly figure it out, but it would be nice to spell it out) One item I didn't think would be that big of a deal is keyless entry, but I really like this, its soooo convenient to not have to fish our your keys. Note that I have not owned it long enough to judge reliability but the ratings did not have a N/A option.
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Best car I`ve Owned

by from Mcallen Texas on August 20, 2015

I bought my baby in December 2011 as a 2012 model,so far no issues and I have 31000 miles,since I was a kid I wanted a GTI,it has excellent gas mileage,very comfortable,the quality of the whole car is...
I bought my baby in December 2011 as a 2012 model,so far no issues and I have 31000 miles,since I was a kid I wanted a GTI,it has excellent gas mileage,very comfortable,the quality of the whole car is awesome, 6 speed manual transmission,which is a blast to drive,very practical,the ride is very smooth,and best of all it has German Engineering,mine is the basic model,but it comes very well equipped,everything that I need,one of the things I like about the GTI is the steering wheel,its beautiful,i will keep this one as long as I live.
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super hot hatch - 12 GTI, 1500 miles so far

by from xenia, Ohio on April 2, 2012

really nice car, more than I expected, even the interior is way above compact car standards. The electronics and vehicle computer offer lots of driver info. Car is quick and quiet, manual 6 speed is v...
really nice car, more than I expected, even the interior is way above compact car standards. The electronics and vehicle computer offer lots of driver info. Car is quick and quiet, manual 6 speed is very smooth and easy shifting. Seating position is higher than some like the Civic Si, and getting full clutch throw requires a bit closer seat than some might like. Mileage is 33+ on trips, about mid-high 20's around town, depending on how much you enjoy the turbo power.
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Simply amazing.

by from New Jersey on January 14, 2013

This is my first german owned car so u cannot call me biast previous i had toyota,mitsubishi,nissan, and mazda but this one just blows them outa the water from interior to exterior.. One of the most c...
This is my first german owned car so u cannot call me biast previous i had toyota,mitsubishi,nissan, and mazda but this one just blows them outa the water from interior to exterior.. One of the most comfortable seats ive sat in with my cloth seat warmers i dont wanna get up from driving it!
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German Engineering at its Best!

by from San Francisco on April 22, 2014

After 40,000 Miles on the Dial Summary After doing extensive research I finally decided on the VW GTI. The GTI is priced for under $30,000, sporty, economical, well built, and very practical. To date...
After 40,000 Miles on the Dial Summary After doing extensive research I finally decided on the VW GTI. The GTI is priced for under $30,000, sporty, economical, well built, and very practical. To date, I?ve logged 10,030 miles on my 2012 GTI. The GTI is built in Wolfsburg Germany and fit and finish is very good. I opted for the Autobahn Package which has leather seats, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights; hands free Bluetooth, navigation and a sunroof. I also went with the 6 speed manual as I wanted to be more involved with the driving experience. First impression when you sit in the car is the hood is not visible; which is a good design. Handling, road feel, steering and cornering (little wheel torque) is superb. Due to the turbo, off-the-line acceleration is a tad sluggish, but gets the revs up, and she takes off! Positives The voice activated phone works great and IPOD/Smart Phone syncing are nice touches. Keyless entry and exit is activated by touch which is a great feature and the seat warmers and auto-hill assist are nice touches. Self guided headlights. Advertised mpg is 24 City/33 Highway but I routinely get 35. I added the a Cold Air Intake which increases my gas mileage. The Intake is a nice affordable addition; you can hear the engine sucking air in as you accelerate down the road. Negatives The sunglasses holder in the hood is too small and will not wayfarer glasses but my biggest gripe is the navigation. Video quality is poor, no ability to scroll, locations are limited to the lookup menu, no State or Country view with the zoom, no option to choose nearest POI are my main gripe?s with the navigation. Finally, the seats could be full electronic, the headlights could have auto shut off and auto climate would be nice additions. Conclusion There?s a reason the Golf model has been in production since 1974 I have no regrets
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