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2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Rabbit / GTI Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by lewbarrett

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Reviewed: 2009 Volkswagen GTI

4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Why the 2009 Volkswagen GTI?

Powertrain performance

Excellent, responsive and reliable motor, superb six speed manual transmission. The TSi package has proven all I hoped it would be.

Fuel economy

I get 22 MPG in mostly city use, over 32 MPG on the highway. Accptable considering I tend to drive with enthusiasm.

Handling

Excellent considering this is a FWD car. Modest to no notable torque steer in daily use, decent grip and good road feel overall, with a nice balance and compromise between ride and handing. I would probably go with 17" wheels in the future as the 18in wheels/lower profile tire combo has proven a bit delicate in my heavily pot-holed city. Also, traction in wet can be a problem with my current wheel tire combo. Other than that, no complaints

Materials & workmanship

Excellent qulity all around: you never feel like you are driving a cheap car. Everything feels good in your hand and controls and switches feel like they will go the distance.

Reliability & durability

No complaints once we sorted out a few initial problems. Car is reliable and I would drive it anywhere.

Why Not the 2009 Volkswagen GTI?

Ride smoothness

If I had one thing I could change, it would be that I would go with 17" wheels and tires in the future rather than the 18s. The 18s look a bit better and provide slighlty greater performance tire options, but for my use, the added durability and sidewall depth of the higher profile tire would have been a better choice for my use.

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