2012 Volkswagen GTI

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2012 Volkswagen GTI Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Sporty Car of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Compact Sporty Car
#4 Volkswagen GTI

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Volkswagen GTI after 90-days of ownership.
  • Comfort of the 2nd row seats
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Volkswagen GTI during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning
  • The vehicle's audio system
  • Styling of the dashboard

Performance Specs

MPG City

21 - 24


31 - 33




6 speed, Automatic w/manual shift, 6 speed, Manual


Turbocharged Gas I4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Volkswagen GTI Review

The pounding heart of the 2012 GTI is a 2 liter 200horse power turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with FSI direct fuel injection. The FSI system pressurizes fuel and releases it precisely into the combustion chamber for more power and fuel efficiency. Inspired by Formula One racing the DSG transmission uses 2 computer-controlled clutches to bounce from gear to gear. New for this year is the exciting XDS. It helps compensate for increased wheel spin on the interior wheels and helps improve traction while turning quickly. The GTI also boasts a high-performance fully independent sport suspension utilizing MacPherson struts with lower wishbones up front and an electromechanical steering system. A single glance at the cockpit and you’ll discover the new dark trim sport pedals and the famous Interlagos plaid seating. Standard on the GTI is the Volkswagen touchscreen Premium VIII radio with 8 speakers an in-dash 6-disc CD a Media Device Interface with iPod cable and a generous dose of audio love. In the rear the 2-door throws down with a whopping 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Every GTI comes standard with 40 safety features we call the Prevent and Preserve Safety System. The features work in harmony to both help you avoid a crash and help protect you if a crash is unavoidable. The 2012 GTI out of this world performance right out of the box.

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