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2010 Volkswagen GTI Review

The Original German Hot Hatch

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Volkswagen GTI

In short: A characteristically quick and lively 5-door hatchback.

The latest edition of VW's iconic hot hatch features the same elements that made the GTI a hit when it first arrived on American shores nearly 30 years ago—cool looks, lively handling, and fine-tuned German engineering. The 2010 GTI also benefits from a reworked suspension and the addition of XDS electronic transverse differential lock, which, in layman's terms, means fun and fast cornering around even the sharpest of turns.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $23,890 / As tested: $24,789

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline with direct injection
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1,800-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,113 lbs
Wheelbase: 101.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 165.8/70/57.8 in
Turning circle: 35.8 ft

4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution
Suspension: front and rear independent suspension with tubular anti-roll bar

Traction: electronic stabilization program; anti-slip regilation

0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg

driver and front passenger front and side airbags; front and rear side curtain protection head impact airbags; head restraints for all seating positions

Likes: sportiness; transmission; mileage value
Dislikes: only a few inconsequential details

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