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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  • Name Wolfsburg (4dr HB Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 25095.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
  • Name Wolfsburg (4dr HB DSG PZEV) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 26195.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
  • Name Driver's Edition (4dr HB Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 29695.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
  • Name Driver's Edition (4dr HB DSG PZEV) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 30795.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
  • Heated Front Sport Seats
  • Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
  • 2-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Manual Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Lumbar Support
  • 2-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Manual Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Lumbar Support
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Compass
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Power Fuel
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Rigid Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Wheels: 18" Alloy
  • Tires: P225/40 R18 92H All-Season
  • Wheels w/Locks
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Full-Size Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps
  • Engine: 2.0L TSI 16-Valve DOHC I4 Turbocharged
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 3.94 Axle Ratio
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • 60-Amp/Hr 480CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 120 Amp Alternator
  • 4256# Gvwr 997# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Sport Tuned Suspension
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
  • Transmission: 6-Speed DSG Auto w/Tiptronic -inc: paddle shifters
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Radio: RCD 310 w/Single CD -inc: Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription) and Media Device Interface (MDI)
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack and Steering Wheel Controls
    • 8 Speakers
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Radio: RNS 315 Touchscreen Navigation System -inc: Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription) and Media Device Interface (MDI)
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display

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