2021 Volkswagen GTI

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  • Fun to drive
  • High-quality materials in interior
  • Advanced driver aids work well


  • Rear legroom is tight
  • Only one USB port is available

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 27 combined

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The 2021 Volkswagen GTI is practical and a lot of fun

The 2021 Volkswagen GTI, the final model year before being redesigned, offers a great blend of practicality and performance, resulting in a hatchback that's as fun to drive as it is functional.

The GTI is the performance version of the Volkswagen Golf, which was not sold in the United States after the 2021 model year. But don't let its sporty attributes fool you, the GTI is a great option for hauling people and their stuff.

The interior of the GTI has high-quality materials and spacious seating up front. Legroom is a bit tight in the back, and a tunnel that extends through the back row makes the center seat impractical. Getting in and out is easy thanks to wide-opening doors, and most of the controls are easy to use and understand.

All Volkswagen GTI years

What is new for the 2021 Volkswagen GTI?

  • GTI trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Parking features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Power Seat(s) and Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Apple CarPlay, Navigation System, and Android Auto as standard equipment.

2021 Volkswagen GTI trims

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  • 228-hp, 258-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • View our Volkswagen GTI S inventory



5 reasons to buy the 2021 Volkswagen GTI

What We Like 

  • Good performance: The GTI comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 228 horsepower. Accelerating from a stoplight or making a tight merge onto a highway won't be a problem for this Volkswagen. 

  • Impressive tech: Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are standard features and work well. The advanced driver aids, such as adaptive cruise control, are also nice to have and are neither intrusive nor laggy.  

  • Comfortable ride: The GTI pleasantly blends performance with comfort. The available adaptive suspension makes for an even more comfortable ride, though the GTI is comfy without it.  

What Needs Improvement 

  • Interior storage: There isn't much room for storing small items at the front of the cabin. The water bottle pockets in the doors are handy, but the regular cupholders are small and awkwardly placed. And the center console can't realistically hold much more than your smartphone.

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen GTI an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen GTI 44th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Volkswagen GTI features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • CD Audio
  • Full Roof Rack

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 38.4"/R 38.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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