2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 4-door

Pros: Outstanding balance between invigorating performance and day-to-day practicality; impressive refinement; cargo versatility of hatchback body style; decent projected fuel economy

Cons: Top-end models get rather pricey; automated-manual transmission’s behavior feels odd to some drivers; rear roof pillars are a bit thick, blocking the view to the corners

CG Says: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is redesigned along with the rest of VW’s Golf lineup, gaining more power and improved fuel economy. Though the new GTI doesn’t appear radically different from its predecessor at first glance, the all-new body is a bit longer and wider, and the rear seat room and cargo space increase slightly. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gets a slight boost in horsepower (from 200 to 210) and a substantial bump in torque (from 207 lb ft to 258). An optional Performance Package adds another 10 hp, along with a limited-slip differential and larger brakes. An adaptive suspension is another new option. The new GTI is an impressive car that bolsters this time-honored nameplate’s status as a benchmark among performance-focused sporty hatchbacks. What the GTI might lack in outright horsepower compared to others in the Sporty/Performance Car class, it more than makes up for in terms of sprightly handling, surprising practicality, and an amazingly high level of refinement. It remains one of the best vehicles in its class.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices S 2-door, manual: $24,395
S 4-door, manual: $24,995
S 2-door, automatic: $25,495
S 4-door, automatic: $26,095
SE 2-door, manual: $27,395
SE 4-door, manual: $27,995
SE 2-door, automatic: $28,495
SE 4-door, automatic: $29,095
Autobahn 4-door, manual: $29,595
Autobahn 4-door, automatic: $30,695

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
210 (220 w/ Performance Pack)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Volkswagen Golf GTI
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2-door