2009 Volkswagen GTI Review

2009 Volkswagen GTI 2 door 2.0T turbo petrol from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0T turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series


A good choice!


Overall the car has been flawless except the following:

- Some rattling in the door panels when it's cold.

- The paint is very sensitive on this car: it chips very easily, and after giving it a wash by hand following the winter season, I started noticing little red dots that looked like rust. I was able to remove some of them with polishing compound, the rest will probably require an oscillating buffer.

General Comments:

- The car looks amazing. I have the 18" rims and leather & sunroof package.

- Lots of torque and great pickup. Excellent for a busy city downtown.

- Very comfortable seats.

- Very fast and stable on the highways. Wish it was a bit lower to the ground.

- Great handling and steering response.

- Awesome stereo, wish it had a bit more bass though.

- Great on gas: If you don't drive it too hard, you can average 7.8L/100 city/highway combined.

- Transmission is smooth as silk.

- Very well laid out high quality interior; on the same level as Benz and BMW.

Overall the car is fast, fun to drive and solid. It is overall a great car, whether you want a sports car or a practical car. Plenty of trunk space, as well as rear folding seats when you need the extra space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2010

6th Apr 2010, 20:23

The little red dots are industrial fall out. Very common, especially on lighter color cars. A clay bar should be able to remove it.

18th Apr 2010, 18:29

Thank you :) I'll give that a try.

8th Sep 2010, 10:46

Just added a 10" subwoofer to the factory stereo, and what a difference! Highly recommended.

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review