A red 2021 Volkswagen GTI four-door hatchback traveling on a two-lane highway through arid mountains on a sunny day
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$30,000 Can Get You Fast Speed in the 2021 Volkswagen GTI

Supercars offer top speeds and high performance, but they also come with a high price tag. Luckily, some vehicles perform well and are still affordable. In fact, the 2021 Volkswagen GTI is number one on U.S. News’ list “Best Compact Cars for 2021.” Here’s what makes the 2021 GTI a standout. The 2021 Volkswagen GTI’s …

Volkswagen Golf GTI seen at the New York International Auto Show
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The Volkswagen Golf GTI Will Pep Up Your Boring Commute

Volkswagen introduced the first-generation Golf in May 1974. It was intended to be a sportier, longer range, front-wheel drive (FWD) replacement for the Beetle. The Volkswagen Golf GTI variant was introduced in June 1976 featuring a fuel-injected 1.6-liter engine. Despite its relatively small engine, it had a top speed of around 110 mph—not bad for …

Volkswagen Up GTI is displayed during the first press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show on March 5, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Volkswagen Did the Impossible With the New GTI

The original hot hatch is back and more impressive than ever. The new 2021 Volkswagen GTI is turning heads with its nimble handling, speedy acceleration, and unmatched versatility. Always considered a fun car to drive, the GTI strikes the perfect balance between functionality and performance. Volkswagen took it a step further with this model year …

1981 Volkswagen Golf Gti Mk1, 2000
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You Really Should Buy a Volkswagen Golf GTI

There are plenty of great cars in the world. There are great cars that do everything well, and the cost reflects like the Lamborghini Urus. Some vehicles do a few things well enough to make it worth the more spartan appointments like a base-trim pick-up truck or economy cars like the Chevy Silverado or Honda …

Models pose next to a 2015 Volkswagen GTI at the Seoul Motor Show
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Why the 2015 Volkswagen GTI Proved to Be an All-Timer

German automaker Volkswagen has been in the business of making some of the world’s most popular vehicles for decades. Its lineup has seen sensible sedans, useful EVs, practical SUVs, sporty hatchbacks, and more. But while Volkswagen may make some of the most affordable and practical vehicles on the road, it’s also responsible for making some …

Blue 2020 Honda Civic Type R driving around a corner
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Best Compact Car of 2020: The Experts Can’t Agree

Compact cars may have lost little of their popularity due to the upward trend of the modern crossover SUV. But the compacts are still a raging segment. There are tons to choose from, too. From the basic budget cars to the amenity-packed luxury cars, there is a compact car for everyone. But which one is …

2010 Mk6 Volkswagen GTI

What’s the Best Year for the Volkswagen GTI?

It’s rare for a single car to define a segment. However, the original Mk1 Volkswagen GTI, the first hot hatch, did so. Over the years, it inspired several European rivals, like the Peugeot 205 GTI, Renault Clio Williams, and Fiat 500 Abarth. Japanese and American automakers also got involved, with cars like the Nissan Pulsar …

2020 Nissan 370Z parked by the side of a canyon road.
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The Most Fun Cars To Drive Under $35k

What cars offer the most smiles per mile? And what vehicles on that list can be had for under $35K? No, the answer isn’t always a Miata. A Miata might be one of them, but it isn’t the only answer. What are the most fun cars to drive under $35k? There are several familiar picks …

1983 Volkswagen GTI Callaway

Who Would Pay Almost $40,000 for a 1983 Volkswagen GTI?

Although the Beetle eventually led to the Porsche 911, it’s the Golf that’s arguably more important to Volkswagen. Initially sold as the Rabbit in the US, the Golf has been used for everything from basic transportation to dual-engine Pikes Peak racer. Then there’s the Volkswagen GTI, which kick-started the hot hatch segment, creating rivals like …

1995 Renault Clio Williams S2

The Renault Clio Williams Is the Best-Kept Secret VW GTI Rival

With Ford discontinuing the Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and the Fiat 500 Abarth gone too, the pool of US-market hot hatches has shrunk significantly. It’s down to the Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai Veloster N, and the latest version of the original hot hatch, the VW GTI. However, thanks to the 25-year import …

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Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Buy a 2020 Volkswagen GTI

The 2021 Volkswagen GTI (Mk8) debuted last month, ahead of its original unveiling time and location of the 2020 Geneva Auto Show, which was cancelled. The new model boasts a stronger engine, updated styling, and new technical gadgetry, however, that doesn’t mean that buyers need to go for what’s shiny and new. In fact, there …