2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T from North America
Need a sport coupe for the real world? This is it
Both front windows fell into door at 4500km. Repaired and replaced at no charge.
This is my first car, purchased in Nov. 2003. Fantastic performance, love the 1.8T, it's lighter than the VR6 engine and better suited to the GTI's chassis. Good handling with upgraded 17" Wheels, the car feels very connected to the road. This car is very fast!
The interior is luxurious and refined, the cabin has a premium feel that isn't to be found in comparably priced sport coupes and hatchbacks. Interior materials are high in quality, and everything is assembled with care, could spend all day in there! I'm able to get great gas mileage, but it requires premium fuel.
I highly recommend this car to anyone who is looking for performance, safety and quality engineering all packed into one fun hatchback. The GTI is a good buy for enthusiastic drivers who need a fun car that can be driven day in and day out. This car constantly brings a smile to my face every time I get behind the wheel... to see what I'm talking about, go test drive one today!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2004
After I leased a Jetta 1.8T in 2001 I remember thinking how much more fun it would be to have this car in a two door. The back seats were used for books and files more often then people. Besides, it may look like a four door, but the back seats have no room or comfort for additional passengers, unless they are under four feet five. So I finally found myself looking for a new car and a family friend who owns a 2004 GTI with seventeen inch wheels let me take their car for a spin. That was it! What was I thinking with the Jetta. The GTI handles so much better in lane changes, cornering and of course parking. Even though you loose two doors it doesn't seem to loose in cubic space.
I wanted to check out other cars, like the new Volvo at a dealership down the street from this particular VW dealer I was just at and you just cannot compare. German engineering and the VW philosophy truly does bring you a car that seems to be waiting to perform every single time you push that keyless entry button. I was concerned the car would not feel as solid as the Jetta 1.8T, to the contrary, it feels more solid.
Its all around truly an amazing car and I just placed an order for one in Silverstone. That's the gray metal with a silver finish, its great looking in the GTI's version of a very popular shade of silver at the moment seen from the Toyota Camry to the Jaguar XJ8. The GTI however, is the ideal car for the commute to work or a weekend trip. I couldn't find anything to dislike and keep my fingers crossed that I will be driving off in my new 2005 GTI soon. P.S. Heated seats with the Leather Package are something to not pass up at the pricepoint VW is offering.
The best part, I can now chill and drive an automatic with the option to use the triptronic, just in case I need to remind myself of the years spent wearing out my shoulder and knee.