Posted: June 28, 2011 in VW
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The 2011 Volkswagen GTI ranks 1 out of 9 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 20 published reviews and test drives of the Volkswagen GTI, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
With few changes for 2011, the Volkswagen GTI, a performance variant of the VW Golf, maintains its reputation as a car with zippy performance and a ridiculously nice interior. It’s such a great value that we named it the 2011 Best Upscale Compact Car for the Money.

In 2010, Volkswagen overhauled the GTI, adding fresh changes that included chrome exhaust pipes, angular headlights and an upscale interior that rivals Audi. Edmunds says that “The VW GTI’s interior is quite simply, the best in its class. It’s so nice, in fact, that it could be mistaken for a cabin from sister company Audi, save for the plaid fabric seats.” Its interior and exterior receive minor updates for 2011. All trims have Bluetooth technology, a nicer steering wheel and 18” alloy wheels. VW also added classier features to the premium packages.
Volkswagen hasn’t touched the mechanics — and that’s a good thing because the Volkswagen GTI is one of the best driving sporty hatchbacks on the market. The 2011 GTI, however, isn’t best in class. But unless consumers plan on drag racing, the GTI is perfect for driving-enthusiasts.

Overall, the 2011 Volkswagen GTI is ideal for shoppers with a little more to spend and want to invest small car that conserves gas, can hold your stuff when necessary and doesn’t sacrifice sporty performance.

The 2011 GTI costs a bit more than last year’s model. It starts at about $23,500 for the two-door and $24,300 for the four-door. Reviewers say this is a great price for what you get, but the GTI’s price tag quickly approaches $30,000 when optional features — like the nearly $3,000 Autobahn package that includes a power sunroof and partial leather upholstery — are added.


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