2014 Volkswagen GTI

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What's New for 2014:
  • Revised trim levels
  • 2-door body style has been discontinued
  • To be replaced by a completely redesigned 2015 GTI

Like the Golf model on which it is based, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI is offered in 4-door guise only; the 2-door GTI is no longer available. This sporty front-wheel-drive (FWD) VW accommodates a driver and up to 4 passengers, can be ordered in one of two trim levels, and is expected to return fuel economy in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. Competitors include the Dodge Dart GT, Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Mazda Mazdaspeed3, Mini Cooper S, and the Subaru WRX.

Models and Features
Volkswagen offers its GTI model in two new-for-2014 trim levels. The Wolfsburg Edition variant is home to a generous assortment of standard features, including 18-in. alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rear spoiler, heated mirrors and front seats, leather interior accents, Bluetooth connectivity, audio system boasting an auxiliary input jack and iPod cable, and a 2-year/24,000-mile free factory-scheduled maintenance plan.

Also available is the 2014 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition, which trumps the Wolfsburg Edition thanks to its power tilt/slide moonroof, adaptive HID headlights, leather upholstery, and touch-screen navigation system.

Options and Packages
As is the case with competing automakers like Honda, Volkswagen provides buyers with a choice of progressively well-equipped trim levels, which results in very few stand-alone options and, in the case of the GTI, no upgrade packages. The only factory add-on for 2014 is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, though a selection of floor mats, splash guards, and body side moldings is available through Volkswagen dealers.

Under the Hood
Both versions of the 2014 VW GTI feature the same turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Output is channeled to the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional 6-speed automatic.

Fuel Economy
According to estimates published by the EPA, GTI models fitted with that automatic transmission promise better fuel economy, averaging 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. By comparison, stick-shift GTIs are expected to return just 21 mpg around town, though they prove to be nearly as efficient on the highway with a rating of 31 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Volkswagen GTI received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate overlap front-impact protection. As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 GTI.

In terms of related equipment, this 4-door features 6 air bags, front active head restraints, and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (vented front/solid rear) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.


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