What's New for 2013:
- \"Laguna\" wheel design for higher trim levels
The 2013 Volkswagen GTI is a performance-oriented version of the VW Golf. It is offered in 2- and 4-door body styles and comes standard with 18-inch \"Detroit\" aluminum wheels, black grille with a honeycomb mesh insert and red pinstripe surround, sport suspension, rear spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets. Every GTI also includes heated washer nozzles, power heated side mirrors, and integrated turn signal indicators.
Sport-bolstered, 8-way manually adjustable, heated front seats with plaid \"Interlagos\" fabric inserts are standard on the GTI. Additionally, this model includes a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel, automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, floor mats, trip computer, and brushed aluminum pedal covers. The 8-speaker stereo is equipped with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming capability, satellite radio with a free 3-month subscription, auxiliary audio input jack, and an iPod connection.
Volkswagen offers three main option packages for the GTI: Convenience & Sunroof, Sunroof & Navigation, and Autobahn. The first package adds \"Laguna\" wheels, power sunroof, premium touch-screen audio system, and a multi-function steering wheel. The second package includes a navigation system and bi-xenon headlights with an adaptive front lighting system. The Autobahn package upgrades the GTI with \"Serron\" wheels, leather seats, keyless entry, push-button ignition, and a premium Dynaudio sound system. Summer performance tires can be added to any GTI model.
Under the Hood
A direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in every 2013 GTI. Horsepower output measures 200, and the engine's peak 207 lb.-ft. of torque is available as low as 1,700 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission with paddle shifters and a Sport mode. Both transmissions deliver power to the front wheels.
As this overview was written, the EPA had provided official estimates only for GTIs equipped with the DSG transmission at 24/33/27 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The 2013 VW GTI is equipped with 6 standard air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and a traction and stability control system. Also standard is Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response system that automatically unlocks the doors, activates the hazard flashers, and shuts off the fuel pump if the GTI's air bags deploy.
As this overview was written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2013 Volkswagen GTI.