2012 Volkswagen GTI Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

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11 Customer Reviews
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What customers liked
Ride and Handling, Power, Braking
What they didn't
Cabin Noise, Power, Safety

2012 VW GTI 4 Dr w Sunroof

What a great car! I shopped around for months before finally deciding that the GTI was the right fit. The design is clean, modern and simple (inside and out). Interior controls are easy to use; I was able to sync my iPhone in less than 2 minutes and love being able to play iTunes via Bluetooth. Interior finish is on par with a more expensive car. I am 6 ft. tall and have tons of head and legroom (the back seat can be a tight for taller people, but there is ample headroom and space for 4 adults). Trunk space is deceptively bigger than you would think and both seats fold down completely (I fit an 8 ft. long piece of 2x4 in the car with no issues). Touch screen and in dash displays are easy to use and navigate. This car is a lot of fun to drive and I still find myself looking for an excuse to "run errands". I average about 33-34 on long highway drives and about 22-24 in the city. My only negatives are that some of the interior knob settings are difficult to see, you cannot use bluetooth and connect your iPhone to the provided port at the same time (you have to disable bluetooth if you want to connect your phone directly to the provided port), and it takes premium gas (but it is a sportscar after all).

Would recommend to a friend

2012 GTI Review

I took my TT in for an appraisal as I was considering trading it in at a dealership for another Audi. Carmax had the GTI on the lot so I test drove it while waiting for the car appraisal. I had more headroom in the GTI (I'm 6'4"), the car had more cargo room/space, had a better drive than the TT and ended driving off with the GTI! I'm not a "used car" kinda guy, however with the low milage on the GTI, and having free maintenance, it was a no brainer. Very Happy!

Would recommend to a friend

Never again....

My father warned me about VW. I should have listened. I bought a 2012 GTI new in August of 2012. Initially the car was pretty good I have to admit. The performance was good, it was comfortable, and the utility of the thing was better than any small car I can imagine. Things started to head South around 30k miles. First came the intake manifold. Carbon deposits on the intake valves and within the air manifold are issues with this engine. Even running the prescribed gasoline and changing the oil on time everytime, the manifold was replaced at around 32k under warranty, but as with most service I had to miss some work. Then came the battery. Completely dead at 40k miles. Had to tow the car and pay $160 for a new battery. Then came the thermostat at 45k. The thermostat failed in the closed position causing the car to rapidly overheat while I was 300 miles from my home with my wife, my son, and our dog in tow. I had to fight with VW to get it fixed under warranty and when I came to pick up the car (300 miles from home) somehow it was not done when they said it was going to be done so now I get to miss two days of work and have to find a place to stay away from home. Three pretty significant failures before 50k miles. If VW wants to be the biggest car company in the world (which currently is their stated goal) they should learn to make cars first. Don't by this car.

Would recommend to a friend

Best car I've owned.

It's incredibly fun to drive, with just enough performance to have fun without having to drive at crazy stupid speeds, and get speeding tickets. Steering is the best out there, still hydraulic, making it feel more natural than modern electric power steering. DSG is a gem with almost instantaneous shifts, and makes me feel like a formula one driver. XDR electronic front dif makes torque steer a thing of the past, and handling and ride balance is outstanding. The Autobahn is easily as luxurious in most respects as far more expensive German sedans. Storage space is huge - especially with seats down. Negatives - nav has no traffic, and tiny screen, lack of rear view camera, and other modern safety doo dads.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Ride and Handling

Perfect balance of sport and comfort

Interior Space

Deceptively huge in a small car

Value

As much fun as a BMW 3 at 2/3rds the price.

Cons

Technology and Entertainment

Tiny nav screen, no traffic info, no blind spot warning, etc.

GTi Autobahn

Like the other owners - this is my first VW and I love this car. It handles superbly well. I have the auto with paddle shifters, 4 doors. It is the first car I have driven where I can do a 7 hour journey and not have back ache - the seats are well designed. I am 6' 2" and have plenty of leg room. Last summer my wife went on vacation with our 75LB dog, luggage, food for the week and 2 kayaks on the roof rack. Even with that load the car handled superbly well, although I do prefer the open road and no load..... For winter use, I have bought a complete set of winter tires and steel rims. Living in PA this winter - this was an excellent purchase and it handles well in the snow, and with all the potholes, I have preserved the aluminum rims for the better weather.

Would recommend to a friend

Great Car, not so great customer care.

It is a well engineered car with great quality of fit and finish inside and out.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Ride and Handling

Quiet, comfortable, great power and handling.

Power

Very Quick

Braking

Efficient and responsive.

Cons

Safety

Although the car was very clean when I purchased it-it had a mismatched set of tires on it. Two of them were original EQ 45,000 mile tires that had not been rotated by the previous owner. Carmax refused to replace them but I purchased the car. It had 28,400 miles on it when purchased.

Cabin Noise

Because of the tire problem the old tires are worn incorrectly and noisy and cannot be rotated. Because of this I will have to purchase a new set of 4 tires. I am not happy about that.

Value

I am disappointed that Carmax did not do a better job of explaining the situation to me. I have purchased four vehicles from Carmax over the years and will reconsider where I purchase my next car.

vw rocks

I have loved Volkswagen ever sense i was a kid...I love this GTI

Would recommend to a friend

vw gti autobahn

This is my first VW car and I'm in love with it. Everytime i drive it i get a smile on my face, the handling is great and the interior of the car was awesome.

Would recommend to a friend

amazing!!

Just have 1 word to describe it AMAZING!!! - its has enough space for everyone in the front and back of the car. - the trunk might not big the biggest but its big enough. -great gas mileage plus its not expensive on cars - the car looks amazing - tho i wish it had more power but its still enough horses to have fun Overall its a great car i highly recomended

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Dashboard

its beautiful and doesn't feel like you're driving a vw

Ride and Handling

its smoth and comfortable for long trips

Value

its a great car for its price and its definitely worth every penny

Cons

Power

just wish it had more power but it still enough power

Fast, versatile, fun daily driver for anyone!

Its wonderful, amazing fun and quick daily driver with many, many comforts that highlight the cars value.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Power

Its noticeably quick at any speed.

Ride and Handling

Hugs corners very well, ride is very comfortable.

Braking

Brakes are very good considering the amount of power this car has.

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