2014 Volkswagen GTI Overview
- Sportier version of the Golf
- Four-door hatch only for 2014
- Not many changes this year; due for complete redesign in 2015
The 2014 Volkswagen GTI remains one of the best front-wheel drive performance cars on the road today, combining a refined interior with a fun and spirited driving experience.
The GTI is closely related to the Golf; the two share the same basic shape and plenty of parts under the skin as well. For 2014, the GTI is only offered as a four-door hatchback (the two-door version has been temporarily). There are some visual cues that separate the GTI from the Golf, including a black honeycomb grille with red accents, unique side skirts, a lower ride height, and more aggressive bumpers. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard as is a dual exhaust.
Under the hood of the GTI 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 2014 Volkswagen GTI remains one of the most fun and refined front-wheel drive performance cars around and offers plenty of interior features and comfort to boot.