2013 Volkswagen GTI Overview
If you like the small size of the Golf but want more performance out of your hatchback, then consider the 2013 Volkswagen GTI.
Although they look similar and are both offered in two- and four-door variants, there are some visual cues that separate the GTI from the Golf. The front black honeycomb grille has a pair of red highlights, and the GTI also has unique side skirts, a lower ride height, and more aggressive bumpers. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard as is a dual exhaust.
Things are also different under the hood of the GTI, where you’ll find a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 207 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. An electronic limited-slip control system is standard and helps to maintain traction during turns. 0-60 mpg passes in under seven seconds.
Fuel economy ratings check in at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, and actually improve to 24/33 mpg city/highway with the dual-clutch automatic.
Inside the GTI can seat up to five passengers on seats that feature a retro plaid design sewn into the cloth. Standard features include a leather wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, and USB/iPod connectivity. A navigation system, touch-screen stereo, moonroof, Bluetooth connectivity, and leather upholstery are optional.
Six airbags come standard, as do antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and an Intelligent Crash Response system.
The 2013 Volkswagen GTI remains one of the most fun and refined front-wheel drive performance cars around and offers plenty of interior class and comfort to boot.