2013 Volkswagen GTI

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$23,995

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2013 Volkswagen GTI
2013 Volkswagen GTI

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling balance
  • Cabin quality
  • Brakes
  • Cargo versatility
  • Interior amenities

The bad:

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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2013 Volkswagen GTI review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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.
New for 2013
There are no major changes for 2013.
Exterior
The GTI is based on the VW Golf, and both received new exterior styling a few years ago that made them more angular and menacing. The GTI has some unique features, including a thin, blackened honeycomb grille with two red outlining stripes; different front and rear bumpers; side skirts; and GTI badging. It also rides slightly lower than the Golf. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual tailpipes
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The GTI can seat up to five. Bolstered sport seats are standard in front, and there’s a 60/40-split bench in the rear. Seating surfaces have a retro plaid design — VW calls it “Interlagos” — on the cloth trim; both front seats employ seat heaters and seat-height adjusters. Leather upholstery is optional. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift
  • Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors 
  • Standard air conditioning and cruise control
  • Standard USB/iPod-compatible stereo
  • Optional steering-wheel audio controls, upgraded touch-screen stereo, navigation system and moonroof
  • Autobahn Package adds all above options and a Dynaudio premium stereo, leather upholstery and a keyless access system with remote start

Under the Hood
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. With either the manual or automatic transmission, the front-wheel-drive GTI can hit 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, Volkswagen says. Mechanical features include:

  • 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Electronic limited-slip control system helps control wheelspin during sharp turns

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control and electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

The Driver's Car

This car is meant to perform. With regular maintenance and wear an tear items the vehicle has been great and reliable. Been doing Volkswagens for over 20 years now. Even though I work on them myself and for many others in my area these cars are amazing and fit my personal needs for performance and style. As well as luxury.

4.4

A bit higher maintenance costs but worth it for me

Seating is fine and comfortable. Handling is fine. The DSG is awesome. When clean the vehicle looks beautiful. To me anyways. The carbon buildup needs to be cleaned periodically. That is pricey. The DSG costs around 400 for service and happens every 40k. Outside of that the maintenance costs aren't egregious. The headliner has seperated but I use thumb tacks to keep in place. The material is also separating on the driver side door. The rest of the interior has held up good. Car is 7 years old with 90k in mileage. Would I buy one again? I will keep this GTI till it is no longer worth keeping. Then I may get the GTI R. VW's are good vehicles but you must do the maintenance. If you do the maintenance then the vehicle is as reliable as anything else out there. Don't do the maintenance and the vehicle will degrade quickly.

4.9

Great car for daily use!

The car is everything we were looking for and more! Comfortable, stylish, moderns goodies, it performs well, good gas mileage. I’ve had a handful of RWD sports cars in the past and this thing isn’t much slower than them and it handles so well for FWD I have to say I am very impressed. But not only that is the inside is comfy I wouldn’t hesitate to take it on a cross country road trip. Not only that but the car would get 30mpg doing it which is impressive being it’s a little turbo charged 4 cylinder. I haven’t had a VW in the past but after having this one I wouldn’t hesitate to get another they really do a good job with there cars. Like any car it has it quirks my gas cap locked itself closed and would not open. But after a little research online and 10 minutes of my time I was able to resolve that issue. I would recommend these cars to friends BUT BUY A STOCK ONE NOT A MODIFIED ONE!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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