...The DSG transmission (standard on the Fahrenheit trim) can be shifted via paddles on the steering wheel or placed in fully automatic mode. For a GTI with the regular six-speed manual, expect a 0-60-mph time of about 6.7 seconds. Safety: Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In NHTSA testing, the four-door Rabbit/GTI earned four stars out of five for its protection of front occupants in frontal impacts. For that agency's side-impact test, the car earned a five-star rating. In...
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...and it took some practice for me to work it smoothly.Be aware, though, that a new GTI offering is a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) that can operate like an automatic but has a fast-shifting Tiptronic feature, too. DSG uses a twin clutch design that doesn't interrupt power delivery during shifts the way more traditional automatic transmissions can.Don't forget, though, that the GTI requires pricey premium gasoline. Filling the 14.5-gallon fuel tank can cost more than $40.The U.S. government's fuel economy rating for the GTI isn't bad at 23 miles a gallon in city driving and 32 mpg on the...
...with a lengthy list of standard features including air conditioning, power windows, remote power door locks, power exterior mirrors, dual front and side airbags, a sport steering wheel, six-way adjustable sports seats, a rear lip spoiler, and a 10-speaker AM/FM satellite-ready stereo system with an in-dash CD changer and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.Other interior features include a three-spoke racing-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals, blue-glow instrument gauges, and extra grab handles (for use in those tight corners). Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and...
...The transverse, front-mounted engine has direct fuel injection, drive-by-wire throttle, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. Inside, the GTI reflects VW's skill at interior design. The fit and finish is among the best in the class, as are the choices of materials and surfaces. The bucket seats are exceptionally comfortable because they are shaped to provide excellent lateral and under-thigh support. During sporty driving, the seats hold the driver and front-seat passenger securely. Sporty handling is a large part of the GTI equation. The...
...The instruments are backlit in a vibrant blue hue at night, and the driver faces a sporty three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Volkswagen's Electronic Stabilization Program and heated front seats come standard. Under the Hood The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 200 hp at 5,500 rpm and 207 pounds-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is now standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic operation for manually selected gear changes is optional. Safety Standard side curtain airbags protect the heads of outboard occupants in side...
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