2012 Volkswagen GTI  -  $24,765


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $24,765
Base Invoice: $23,805
Destination Charge: $770
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr HB Man
Doors: 2
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 25 | City: 21 | Hwy: 31
Body Style: 2dr HB Man
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC FSI 16-valve turbocharged I4 engine

Pros

Strong all-around performance; good fuel economy; excellent DSG transmission; classy interior; strong safety


Model Highlights

The front-wheel-drive GTI moves authoritatively thanks to its turbocharged, 2.0L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 ft-lb, which kicks in as low as 1,800 rpm. The engine's especially responsive, whether coupled with either the standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Direct Shift Gearbox.

The DSG transmission is especially noteworthy, as it's essentially an automated manual transmission. It utilizes a dual clutch system that eliminates the need for an actual clutch pedal, pulling off shifts in a fraction of a second without the interruption of power that would accompany those in an ordinary manual transmission. The GTI's transmission comes with a full automatic mode or it can be manually commanded using steering-wheel paddles. With the DSG unit, the GTI can accelerate to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and has EPA fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway.

The GTI gets a number of performance additions versus the standard Golf. A special launch control feature on DSG-equipped GTIs helps the driver obtain the fastest launch possible, enabling just the right amount of wheelspin. Meanwhile, the GTI's fully independent suspension (struts in front, four links in back) is tuned for crisp response and a firm but settled ride; electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering provides solid on-center feel with some feedback from the road in low-speed corners. An electronic limited-slip system called XDS replaces a mechanical limited-slip differential and helps make sure the front wheels get the most traction from left to right. Strong anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes round out the performance package by endowing the GTI with solid stopping power.

Safety is also strongly represented in the new GTI. There's a total of six standard airbags, including side-curtain bags that rear front and rear outboard occupants and 3-point belts for all seating positions. Rear side airbags, a feature that's not widely offered in this size of vehicle, are optional.

The GTI is only as a 2- or 4-door hatchback, both with the same basic dimensions and interior space. Two-door models get a so-called Easy Entry system that makes access to the back seat a little easier. Front seats are well bolstered and patterned in double-stitched "sport fabric," and back seats fold forward for expanded cargo space. The instrument panel is one of the more attractive, elegant ones among small cars, with brushed metal accents and other chrome and metallic highlights, plus soft-touch materials throughout.

Several option packages are available, starting with the GTI Base, which includes a single-disc CD stereo with satellite radio and a leather steering wheel. GTI with Convenience and Sunroof adds a power tilt/slide sunroof, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and the Premiun VIII touchscreen stereo with in-dash CD changer. The GTI with Sunroof and Navigation adds a navigation system as well as bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. Finally, the top-level GTI Autobahn takes all of that and adds leather sport seats with special leatherette door inserts, special aluminum interior trim, a unique golf-ball shift knob on DSG-equipped models, a Dynaudio stereo and Smart Key keyless entry with push start/stop ignition, and special 18-inch alloy Serron wheels.


Model News

For 2012, the Volkswagen GTI receives only minor changes. Autobahn editions get aluminum interior trim and push button start, a golf ball-style shift knob (on cars equipped with the DSG transmission), as well as new ten-spoke, 18-inch Serron alloy wheels. Those models, plus all GTIs with sunroof and navigation, also get LED daytime running lights. A new GTI with Convenience and Sunroof adds a power tilt/slide sunroof, leather-trimmed steering wheel and the Premiun VIII touchscreen stereo with in-dash CD changer.


Value Writeup

The GTI sticks with its model heritage, offering surprisingly quick acceleration and crisp handling while sipping fuel. Handling in the GTI is light and quick, and the GTI offers interior appointments that are more premium compared to other sporty small cars, as well as safety and entertainment features that are otherwise in the realm of luxury vehicles. Price is a big selling point for the GTI as well; starting under $24,000, the GTI offers a lot of performance for less money than other hot hatches and a lot less than all-wheel-drive machines like the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3

EPA Classification
Compact Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
31 MPG

Cruising Range - City
304.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
21 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
25 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
449.50 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/121

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93

Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.64

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.4 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
93.5 ft³

Front Head Room
39.3 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.6 in

Second Head Room
38.5 in

Second Leg Room
35.5 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Wheelbase
101.5 in

Length, Overall
165.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.0 in

Height, Overall
57.8 in

Track Width, Front
60.4 in

Track Width, Rear
59.7 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.0 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
15.3 ft³

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
46.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3034 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size
225/40R18

Rear Tire Size
225/40R18

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.8 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.3 x 1.0 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.3 x 0.5 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Years
3

Maintenance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Note
Carefree Maintenance Program

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V078000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 10, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
658,303

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V483000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 04, 2015

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
415,825

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.

Consequence
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

2.0L DOHC FSI 16-valve turbocharged I4 engine

Hard shell battery box protection

6-speed manual transmission w/OD -inc: clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch, cable shift mechanism

Front wheel drive

GTI sport suspension w/vehicle lowering -inc: independent front MacPherson struts w/stabilizer bar & fully independent rear four-link suspension w/coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers & stabilizer bar

Electro-mechanical variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering

Cross differential system (XDS)

Pwr front vented, rear solid disc brakes w/red calipers

Dual polished exhaust tips -inc: sound generator

Electronic differential lock (EDL)

18" "Detroit" alloy wheels

225/40R18 all-season tires

Temporary use spare tire

Sport front/side/rear valences -inc: textured black sport side skirts

Body-color bumpers

Body-color rear roof spoiler

Body-color moldings

Fully galvanized sheet metal

Heat-insulated glass

Black front grille -inc: honeycomb mesh & red surrounding strip

Halogen headlamps -inc: clear/lightweight/chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses

Fog lights

Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals, blinker control stalk w/lane-change feature

Adjustable intermittent windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles

Rear window wiper

Body-color exterior door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (8) speakers, media device interface (MDI), Bluetooth connectivity

SIRIUS satellite radio w/3-month trial

Auxiliary audio input

Window diversity antenna

Cloth seat trim

8-way manual heated front sport bucket seats -inc: optimized head restraints, easy-entry system, lumbar support, emergency locking retractors for all seating positions

60/40 split-folding rear seat -inc: height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, (2) cup holders, pass-through, interlock feature, center armrest

Adjustable front center armrest w/storage compartment

Center console -inc: (2) front cup holders, front open storage compartment

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel

Theft-deterrent steering column

Highline instrument cluster -inc: multi-function trip computer, compass, brake pad wear indicator, seatbelt reminder, fuel cap seal warning, illumination for controls & gauges

Headlights-on warning tone

Non-smokers pkg -inc: pwr outlet w/plug, storage receptacle w/insert

Pwr windows -inc: front windows w/driver side 1-touch up/down feature, pinch protection

Remote central pwr locking system -inc: auto locking feature

Remote keyless entry

Cruise control

Mirror control pad w/joystick controls

Anti-theft vehicle alarm system -inc: panic button

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Climatic air conditioning -inc: air-conditioning in center console

Air vents in instrument panel

Electric rear window defroster

Rear passenger ventilation for heat

Soft-opening lockable glovebox

(2) aux pwr outlets

Chrome interior door handles

Brushed aluminum footrest & pedal covers

Metallic door trim

Integrated armrest in front door panels

Front door storage pockets

Roof console w/integrated sunglasses holder

Sliding visors w/covered illuminated vanity mirrors

Interior dome lamp w/time delay, (2) front reading lamps

Luggage compartment light

Leather brake handle & shift knob

Front seatback storage pockets

Plastic loading edge protection

Inside hatch grip

Rear cargo cover

(2) trunk tie-down hooks -inc: 1 in each corner

Emergency trunk release

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Engine braking assist (EBA)

Electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD)

Electronic stabilization program (ESP) w/anti-slip regulation (ASR)

Hydraulic brake assist (HBA)

Intelligent crash response system (ICRS)

Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams

Crash optimized front end

Daytime running lights

Dual front airbags

Front side-thorax airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

Emergency trunk release

Buckle switch

Height adjustable front 3-point safety belts w/pretensioners, load limiters

LATCH child restraint system

Child safety rear door locks

Tire pressure monitoring system

Collapsible steering column

Dual tone horns

 
DEEP BLACK PEARL METALLIC
$0

 
CANDY WHITE
$0

 
TORNADO RED
$0

 
UNITED GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
CARBON STEEL GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
SHADOW BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
INTERLAGOS, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
FIRST AID KIT
$35

 
MAT KIT
$235

 
CARPETED MAT KIT
$235

 
(4) GTI SPLASH GUARDS
$220

 
PROTECTION KIT
$430


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