2014 Volkswagen GTI

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Volkswagen GTI. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2014 Volkswagen GTI

  • Four-door hatchback only for 2014
  • Final model year for this generation of the GTI
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic
  • Related to VW Golf

2014 Volkswagen GTI Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling of the Golf. It comes as a four-door hatchback for 2014, the final model year for this generation of the GTI. The hatchback seats five and competitors include the Mazdaspeed3, Subaru Impreza WRX and Mini Cooper S.

New for 2014
The two-door GTI has been dropped, leaving just the four-door hatchback. There are no other significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • Thin honeycomb grille with red stripes
  • Gaping lower front intake
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Dual tailpipes
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Plaid cloth upholstery with red accent stitching; leather available
  • Heated front sport seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system with a 5-inch screen

Under the Hood

  • 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Engine prefers premium gas
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electronic limited-slip control system helps quell wheelspin

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

 

Vehicle Overview

The Volkswagen GTI is a high-performance sibling of the Golf. It comes as a four-door hatchback for 2014, the final model year for this generation of the GTI. The hatchback seats five and competitors include the Mazdaspeed3, Subaru Impreza WRX and Mini Cooper S.

New for 2014
The two-door GTI has been dropped, leaving just the four-door hatchback. There are no other significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • Thin honeycomb grille with red stripes
  • Gaping lower front intake
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Dual tailpipes
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Plaid cloth upholstery with red accent stitching; leather available
  • Heated front sport seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system with a 5-inch screen

Under the Hood

  • 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Engine prefers premium gas
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electronic limited-slip control system helps quell wheelspin

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.8)
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(4.8)
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(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

2017 VW GTI Base

by VdubFan from Manhattan, Kansas on July 3, 2018

I've owned this car for 10 months and love it. Although I was tempted to get the auto transmission, I rolled the dice with the automatic, since I had previously had a great experience with the dual ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fun for an automatic

by ghost07 from Minneapolis, MN on May 30, 2018

I have loved owning my GTI. I was reluctant to buy an automatic as I have owned a manual for 15 years. But the paddle shifters are really fun and very quick. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services and trip-planning services

  • Limited Warranty

    Model Specific Limited Warranty Coverage*

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2012 - 2017 Model Years / Less Than 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GTI received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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