By on February 28, 2018

VW Golf GTI

Ages ago, the GTI was a trim level of the Golf, bringing the heat to a funky little hatchback and virtually creating a segment. Now, there are actually three different flavors of GTI: S, SE, and Autobahn.

Given the vast gulf in price of the three, and my love for affordable yet fun wheels, your humble author naturally thinks the base model leads the way.

Wolfsburg dug around in its offices and backrooms a few years ago, finding a few extra ponies for the GTI. It now produces 220 horsepower out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four along with 258 lb-ft of torque, so long as you feed it a diet of premium unleaded. A tasty six-speed standard is, well, standard at the reasonable sticker price of $26,415.

Snazzy LED lamps jazz up the front and rear of the S, belying its cheapest-of-the-trio stature. Inside, Bluetooth and (finally) a USB port appears, as does a backup camera. It does have the smaller infotainment screen, though. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and the heated front seats are covered in natty Clark Plaid.

This feature alone is one of the many reasons why I prefer the GTI to the R, as the R – while an absolute rocket of a machine – continually comes across as taking itself far too seriously. Driving one is like having a really hot date … but you know they’re just not that into you. The GTI doesn’t feel like that at all.

The S gets what VW calls a Cross Differential System, an electronic substitute for a mechanical limited-slip differential. It monitors data from sensors for each wheel and, by gently applying the brake to the inside wheel during a turn, can help reduce understeer. It’s no substitute for a true mechanical diff, but it’s a heckuva lot better than plowing straight ahead into the weeds.

An expected alphabet soup of safety assistants are on board the S, including ESC, HBA, ASR, EDL, EBA, HBA, ABS, WTF, and LOL. Save the last two, they all apparently work together to keep drivers out of the ditch by working the brakes and keeping things shiny side up. Barring all that, there are enough airbags to briefly turn the interior into a marshmallow.

Much to this author’s delight, a full septet of colors are available at no charge, include the bizarre but beautiful Great Falls Green shown above. Night Blue Metallic is also tasty, but this is one car in which I would pass on a red shade. Here, it neatly cancels out the GTI’s signature red grille trim. Contrasting colors are better, full stop. Every 2018 VW, except for the e-Golf, also gets a new sorry-about-those-diesels warranty that extends comprehensive coverage to six years or 72,000 miles.

The SE and Autobahn trims of the GTI are a $4,055 and $8,655 walks from the S respectively, no small amount of change. While it is true the more expensive trims have a better set of brakes and diff, I can’t help but notice the amount of performance kit one could buy and install for those amounts at my local VW speed shop.

This is one case in which I’ll gladly say yes to the S.

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Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make our automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you’d like to see in our series? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer will probably sell for less.

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120 Comments on “Ace of Base: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI S...”


  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Sweet ride. I like the green paint and the shift knob is cool. The wheels look like an attachment for a food processor though.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    The plaid interior would be a deal breaker for me. Sorry, I find it ugly, ugly, ugly.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    The GTI is the only current VW that might tempt me, but then I remember I would have to deal with VW dealers.

    • 0 avatar
      MrGrieves

      Exactly, and there is precisely zero chance that any VW dealer would stock this vehicle on their lot. Probably would refuse to order it unless you paid MSRP. Had a similar experience with a Golf Alltrack a few months ago.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Agreed on VW dealers, but which model are you talking about? Dealers in my area have a very good selection of base GTIs in stock.

        • 0 avatar
          MrGrieves

          Our VW store is all Atlases, Tiguans, and a couple of Jettas and Passats. I inquired about a Golf Alltrack for my wife, they told me it would be order only, no discounts, and tried to sell me a Tiguan. We left in a hurry.

      • 0 avatar
        jh26036

        This is definitely not true. The Golf GTI is one of few cars I feel there are a ton of base models around. The 6MT is slightly more rare, maybe 1 in every 4-5?

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        Funny, the dealer I bought mine from last year had at least one of each color in stock – at $5K off MSRP. And they are perfectly pleasant to deal with.

        Find a better dealer.

    • 0 avatar
      tallguy130

      We’re it not for the overwhelming sliminess of the central Ohio VW dealers I would be driving one of this now and enjoying all that plaid seated goodness. It’s a shame too but they could not have done more to chase me away.

      Ended up with a Elantra Sport for considerably less and couldn’t be happier. Worthy of its own Ace of Base write up.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I’d be inclined to agree from a performance standpoint. But I still think the GTI’s worth the extra money for the interior alone – no offense, but the Elantra Sport is just dour inside.

        • 0 avatar
          tallguy130

          Completely agree. It’s traditional but uninspired interior. (Also no plaid) And it’s down 20hp and some of the electronic wizardry so I know who I would pick on the track.

          But still, considering the price it’s a lot of smiles per $.

      • 0 avatar
        kc1980

        I just can’t imagine picking a totally different car because i had a bad run in with a dealer when trying to buy. If you like the car find another dealer…..I have traveled hours away to find the right deal. It’s not something you will have to do all the time, so its worth it.

        I hate all 3 VW dealers who sometimes service my MK 6 gti(if another shop can’t, or won’t handle it). Do i regret buying the Gti or want to give it up? Hell no, its a joy to drive each and every day, fast or slow.

      • 0 avatar
        jalop1991

        “We’re it not for the overwhelming sliminess of the central Ohio VW dealers I would be driving one of this now and enjoying all that plaid seated goodness. It’s a shame too but they could not have done more to chase me away.”

        You not once ever went into Hatfield?

    • 0 avatar
      EquipmentJunkie

      Agree overall on the dealer situation. I have a great one within 40 miles, but they won’t discount. The ’18 GTI has been on my radar daily ever since the 6/72 warranty was announced. On top of that, VW is offering 1.9% financing in my area. I am trying to resist the urge. However, I tell myself that life is short.
      My choice: Red, 6MT, S.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      Amen on the dealers. That being said, this is one of the cars where the basiest base is best. Everything after that makes it feel like you should have saved a little more for an audi.

    • 0 avatar
      VW4motion

      At least you wouldn’t have to deal with a Mazda dealer. Which is probably the lowest of low.

  • avatar
    redapple

    I like the plaid. I prefer cloth.
    Warmer in the winter.
    Cooler in the summer.
    Let the animals keep their skin.

    • 0 avatar
      ra_pro

      They are dead, why waste the skin?

      • 0 avatar
        GoVeg

        You don’t get the cow’s skin seats because it’s evil, really evil, for both the sentient beings that are murdered, and the humans that “treat” it so it lasts until the warranty is over (maybe).

        You “vote” with your wallet.

        Don’t vote for evil things, especially when non-evil choices are available:

        https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/leather-industry/

        And for those that use the “byproduct” argument to avoid making hard choices about what they eat, please watch the short video at Meat.org.

        Thx.

        • 0 avatar

          Please stop murdering the English language. The only sentient beings that can be murdered are humans. In some cases, killing animals may be immoral but it’s never murder.

          So, Mr. PETA Fan, if a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy, why shouldn’t humans eat meat? If killing an animal to eat it is murder, you are equating human life with animal life. You know who also equated humans with animals? Nazis, that’s who. If humans are equal to animals, plenty of animals are carnivores and ominvores. Why should humans be held to a higher standard than animals when you are already equating humans with animals?

          I make guitar straps out of leather salvaged from junkyard Cadillacs. I call it “reduced cruelty” leather to mock the likes of you.

          Why stop at sentient beings? Why not be a Jain and apologize to plants that you harvest? You “murder” millions of microorganisms that you breath in. If a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy, a protozoan is your sister.

        • 0 avatar

          Your comment inspired me to go eat a nice juicy steak, cooked rare, as animal flesh should be consumed. Make sure the juices run clear on both sides.

          Yummy dead cow is very good. Not quite as tasty, in my opinion, as yummy dead lamb, but still very, very good, and good for you too. As with all things, moderation is wise, but humans have the brains we have in part because we ate meat.

        • 0 avatar
          rpn453

          I’ve got a buddy from a cattle farm. They just wander around the huge property and eat all day. They’ve always seemed pretty relaxed whenever I’m there shooting gophers with him. Doesn’t seem like a hard life. I’m sure they die far more humanely than many humans that are artificially kept alive to suffer in a hospital or care home bed.

          I don’t doubt that there are factory farm situations where animals are mistreated though.

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      I think the other models have ‘v-tex’, not actual leather.

  • avatar
    Jeff Waingrow

    Here’s an alternative to your Ace of Base: Currently, you can buy a brand new 2017 GTI standard transmission for around $20,000. That’s quite a discount from the 2018 you describe. Having had the 210 hp version and now the 220, I can assure you that you’ll likely never notice the difference. For 20K, it would be a real ace, would it not?

    • 0 avatar

      Writing about last year’s models doesn’t get SEO very riled up.

    • 0 avatar
      ldl20

      All well and good (and true), but the warranty was massively upgraded for 2018: 6 years / 72K miles.

      So, save $$ and roll the dice on a 2017, or get added piece of mind on a 2018?

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Find a leftover GTI Sport and get 220hp, a real LSD, the big brakes and the headlight package for not much more.

      The Sport was the sweet spot in 2017, shame they dumped that trim. Better looking wheels too. The SE is now kinda what the Sport was if you get one with cloth seats, but it still includes some stuff I don’t want (sunroof being the big one) and the MSRP is $2500(!) higher. Better warranty on the 18s, but you are paying for it too.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff Waingrow

        That’s exactly what I did. Got the Sport with DSG. It has 220hp, upgraded differential, better brakes, headlight package, larger screen and way better-looking wheels. All for a bit under 25 K. And no way I’m keeping it for six years so…. BTW, my VW dealer is excellent. I’ve bought a total of six VWs and Audis from them.

      • 0 avatar
        Drew8MR

        Yeah, I waited too long, I guess. The S is a BIG step down from the Sport, and has eliminated my desire for a GTI.

  • avatar
    tonyola

    Nah. For $2,300 less I can get a Civic Si, which has more toys including a moonroof, plus it doesn’t have the ugly plaid seats. The GTI may look more “adult”, but at least the Honda isn’t a Type R.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Have you driven both? I have.

      The Si’s has the better manual shift setup, and it sounds (and feels) racier. But it’s also substantially slower, the digital gauges are awful, and the styling is, shall we say, controversial.

      GTI’s the better car, hands down.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Agreed. I’d rather pay the extra 2 grand to not be embarrassed by looks of the Civic. And from what I’ve read, GTIs typically sell 5-6 grand under sticker in my area, so take that into account as well. Leftover 2017 models can be had for even less.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I actually love the looks of the Civic coupe – the proportioning is terrific. Unfortunately, that Dom Torretto-wannabe decklid spoiler is standard equipment and can’t be deleted.

  • avatar

    The Golf is a good looking car.
    And it has real colors.
    And it is very competent.

    Pity it’s sold by an awful company who lies about things, and has crap dealers who are most suited to living under damp rocks.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Agree heartily about the GTI, and while I like that new green color, there’s only one proper color for this car: Tornado Red (though the new “White Silver” is also pretty slick). I’d also choose the DSG automatic. Heresy, you say? You may be correct, but:

    1) The automatic is actually quicker.
    2) The twin clutch setup is brilliant
    3) There’s a trick launch control program

    So I may be a heretic, but I’ll be a faster one. Works for me.

    If only they’d do a golf ball shifter on the automatic…

    And if you like this car, you’re going to LOVE this ad:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zcm4oS9IaM

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    GTI is always the answer. I wish my car budget was fatter.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Tornado red
    Clark plaid seats
    6 speed manual
    Panoramic sunroof

    Combination no longer offered in 2018.

    WTF VW?

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      If you live in the US, this is the first year you could get that setup.

      You just have to move up to the SE model. The cloth plaid seats are now standard on the SE, leather is extra. That way you get your sunroof, manual, red, and cloth.

      • 0 avatar
        deanst

        I’m in Canada, but I did find out that you can delete the leather seats for the plaid. VW is nice enough not to charge you for this.

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          Interesting, in the US the leather costs an extra $695 on the already pricy SE.

          You could not get cloth seats and a sunroof in the same GTI in 2017.

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            Yes, and what’s frustrating is that Canadians could order with nearly any combination of options, including the sunroof on the S model. The cars are from the same Mexican factory as the ones sold in America, but VW decided to go with this route because of reasons.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    I’d choose a GTI over the Civic any time, partially because I don’t like feeling like I’m sitting on the ground in a car..in VWs I sit up like a grown man. I’m a fan of the tartan seats, but the bolsters don’t work well for a fat boy like me, so I’d probably be better served by a Golf Wolfsburg Edition…1.8 instead of 2.0, pano roof, vtex seats that are wider and less bolstered. Built for comfort, not speed. Honda’s new cars are ugly and overstyled too…my wife is a hard core Honda Accord fan and even she thinks they’ve gone off the rails.

    On the subject of dealers, I couldn’t get anyone to deal in Cincinnati when I got my ’17 Jetta, wound up setting up a deal with a store in Dayton, 50 miles away, did the whole thing via email, was in and out of there in an hour, they even delivered the car to my driveway. GREAT experience!

    • 0 avatar

      Dayton dealers (and individual sellers) are so thirsty for your business that they’ll deal more than anybody in Cincy.

      I always advise people here to shop around up in Dayton.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Smart choice, Cincy – and a manual, non-GTI Golf is no slouch. It’ll run 0-60 in the mid-sixes, and it’s a damn competent handler to boot. It’s a great car.

      Can’t abide by that pleather, though. I’d stick with the base Golf and the cloth seats.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I’m a big fat gorilla of a guy and find the GTI seats acceptable. I spent 20hrs in darn thing thanks to Irma and could still walk afterwards.

      But I agree, the Wolfsburg Golf is an absolute bargain for what you get for the price. You couldn’t pay me to drive the nasty tin box that is a Civic. I don’t care if they need to see the dealer one less time every 3-4 years.

      In the past two years I have had great experiences with dealers in both Maine and Florida. In Maine for a Jetta for my bestie, and in Florida for a GTI last year. Dealers are dealers, some are great, some suck. Plenty to choose from.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Considering the new 6 years/72,000 Mile warranty this is the only car in the world that I can wholeheartedly recommend to basically everyone…

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    Am I the only one who isn’t angry about the whole “dieselgate” issue? Part of me appreciates the chutzpah that VW had in pulling an endrun around the rules. They figured out an efficient, tidy way to cheat and I have to admire that. It’s starting to look like EVERYONE selling light diesels was trying to manipulate things to meet emissions rules, including Daimler.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      Nope, I’m with you. But I’ve always thought CLEVER rule bending was cool, I admire people who can use a rule book to their advantage, from racing teams to Bill Belichick.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      But it’s everyone who had to pay for their chutzpah. People who had to sell back cars they liked, or watch them depreciate to worthlessness (and that could have gone much worse). Companies that tried to bring competing products to market without cheating, and were unable to do so.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      The blatancy of it was almost endearing. It bothered me briefly until I remembered how many pre-urea diesel pickups are running around. Now it bothers me because I could have profited handsomely selling back my VW if it had the diesel–others were rewarded for choosing the super-trendy but unwise engine.

      Your best interest and safety are concerns for car manufacturers only about as far as it becomes an edge in the marketplace.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Angry? Yes. But it’s not a deal killer for me.

      Is ANY automaker 100% “morally pure”? Not even close. And some have done far, far worse than VW.

    • 0 avatar
      Lichtronamo

      Agreed.

      The emissions test is already done in a lab with conditions that have little basis in the real world. It was a calculated risk on VW’s part to manipulate the test results until investment in a next generation of engines would comply with the emission requirement.

      I bought my third GTI in January after the dealer found a 2018 in black with a 6spd. manual ;)

      And, my first GTI, a 2011, had the plaid seats. Loved them. As was said above, warm in the winter, cool in the summer. I got a lot of complements about them too being so distinctive.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoBelugas

      I’m the world’s biggest VW detractor and even then I am with you CincyDavid, the regulations are so strict it smells like an automotive literacy test.

      “Sure you can offer these products to the consumer, but first these is a list of requirements created arbitrarily by 5 nameless bureaucrats who hate cars.”

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Not even a little bit put out over it other than wastefulness of the buy-back. But that is on our idiot Government not VW. Should have just been a few billion in fines, a few thousand back to the owners, and keep on driving them, not enough of them in the country to matter.

      Reality is if I bought a newer TDI I would have disabled most of the emissions crap as soon as I got it home anyway for longevity reasons. Just like I disabled EGR on my ’02 Golf TDI.

    • 0 avatar
      kc1980

      in the grand scheme of shit corporations do, it was a drop in the bucket. I’m lookin at you firestone…Toyota…Takata…just to name a few. At least VW diesels were mainly giving people more enjoyment, and not sudden death.

      Heck Gasoline emissions aren’t even as big a problem as methane emissions from all the cows we eat. A few cheating diesels really didn’t make that much of a difference.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    This car recently made my “list” for my potential next car. Finding a manual for this trim isn’t that bad, but so far all of the ones I’ve found on the cheap side (like last year’s model) are autos.

    • 0 avatar
      kc1980

      The Auto is better….I know its heresy to say or think, but its just true. The DSG suits the character of the car so very well, its as if the gti was designed around it. The manual is decent, but only a hair more engaging and significantly slower.

      Also the clutch is one of those high grabby ones that can make the car difficult to launch smoothly. I actually tested a mk 7 manual the other day to see if i could be swayed away from the dsg in my mk 6…..nope. It just didn’t do that much for me truthfully. Certainly not enough to give up the smoothness, consistency, and relaxation in traffic. The DSG really does feel like a clutchless manual the you shift perfectly every time, with an pleasing DSG “fart “to boot.

  • avatar
    chris724

    I absolutely love that green color.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    “a full septet of colors are available at no charge”

    Can we just take a moment and applaud any automaker (however we feel about them personally) who offers more than 2 or 3 colors for free?

    GM is getting TERRIBLE about this BTW, I went on Buick’s “Build Your Own” to look at a 2018 Regal GS. The ONLY no cost color was RED. Literally every single other color would cost you extra. WTF?

  • avatar
    derekson

    Big fan of the GTI, but I’d probably spring for the SE for the upgraded brakes, differential, and LED projector headlights, especially since the SE now comes with the plaid cloth seats standard.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      Had it been available, that’s what I probably would have bought last time around. Now, I’m kind of tempted to drive the Mustang to a VW dealership and look at some numbers.

  • avatar
    FreddieNugen

    Love these GTI’s. I’ve owned them all since 2001(VR6). 2006, 2015.
    Not to mention the coveted neighbors 1975 Volkswagen Rabbit.
    Always bought the base model. Anything else is just frufru.

    Comparing this to a Civic SI is like comparing a Power Rangers Action figure to a chainsaw.
    Love the durable plaid cloth.
    I could do without the red calipers and trim.
    Can’t wait for the Mk 8. Bring it!

  • avatar
    KevinC

    One correction – the only LED lights at the front of an S are the DRLs. The S does NOT get the trick new LED headlights – those are halogen projectors that look somewhat like them (unlike the old pre-facelift reflector halogens on the S), but not the real deal.

    As for the dealership experience nowadays – I’ve driven various VWs on and off since ’83. My dealership experiences early on were always universally awful. But in the last decade I had good luck in metro Phoenix. And after buying my R in 2016, I took it in for some warranty stuff to a newer dealership near my (at the time) home. They were incredible. 2-way shuttle, free loaner cars (new stripper Jettas), incredibly fast, and great pricing, including having a chart on the wall comparing their pricing for some typical jobs to several other local competitors. I just returned for my 20k service, and total cost was $158.24 – and that includes 6 quarts of Castrol Edge 5W-40, a new oil filter, new air filter, new cabin air filter, drain plug, tire rotation, and the various “checks” that a 20k service calls for. In an out with an appointment in an hour and a half, including a wash. Incredible.

  • avatar
    Acd

    Since the other trims only come with a solid black interior this is the one I would buy. The plaid at least breaks up the depressing sea of darkness that makes up the other GTI interiors.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    The nice thing about the plaid is that if the dog yaks on it after a hard turn or something, the stain will be hard to see.

  • avatar
    King of Eldorado

    Is there some reason for the slow rate at which 2018 non-GTI Golfs are trickling into US dealerships? Maybe it’s a regional thing? (I live in the Southwest.) Of three VW dealerships within reasonable distance of my home, the closest has none in stock, another has one leftover 2017 in stock, and the third now shows 5 in stock that just appeared in the last few days. I’m a long-time Honda guy, but thought this time I might shop the Civic against the Golf, given the Golf’s high ratings, 6-yr. warranty, and the possibility of getting a good deal in light of the Diesel-gate fiasco. I really don’t want to pay top dollar based on how allegedly “hard to find” ordinary Golfs are.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Until I had my second kid, the GTI was always the car I “should” own according to my left brain. (Now, it’s too small inside.) But for some reason I never actually *wanted* one enough to pull the trigger.

    Any GTI I ever buy will have to be an Autobahn, though. For me, the plaid is a deal-killer. Just awful.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Can you deduct lease payments in your profession?

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        No; I only have to drive for work maybe once a month at most, so any deduction would be vanishingly small. (I last drove for work two weeks ago, to present to a board of directors having a retreat at a resort.)

        If I were a litigator constantly driving to interviews and depositions and such, maybe I’d have a reason to claim a car as a business expense.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Aw, that’s too bad. If you love the GTI, my thought is get it out of your system at some point with a 2 year lease. Life’s too short.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            My original evil plan was to lease a GTI once the deal’s up on my Jetta, but I might do a buy instead if I can get a good financing deal. Six year warranty, dontcha know.

  • avatar
    Yurpean

    As to dealing with VW dealers. A SCCA membership rntitled you to the Friends&Family purchasing program which is a cerificate for $500 under invoice. No more negotiating, the dealers live it as they get $500 from VW in cash and get a sale at invoice (which isn’t that bad). My last tgree purchases were done in about an hour.

  • avatar
    cpurser

    Is this generation of GTI considered reliable? This gen started in 2015, correct?

  • avatar
    Robbie

    To those considering to buy one: I got a end of year 2017 manual GTI Autobahn for more than $8000 under MSRP. Shopping these things therefore is truly annoying: it is completely unclear what a decent deal on a GTI really is.

  • avatar
    vehic1

    Corey Lewis Sold by an “awful company” that lies? 1) Ford – exploding Pinto, rollover Explorer, frequently dodging recalls, exaggerated fuel economy claims; 2) GM – ignition switch/stifled recalls, resulting traffic deaths; 3) Hyundai – exaggerated fuel economy claims; 4) Toyota – unintended acceleration; etc., etc. Let those without sin . . .
    Regarding the dealers – there are plenty of good and bad ones to be found, regardless of the brand. Caveat emptor.

  • avatar
    tpat3

    I just bought a ‘16 GTI SE with 8200 miles on it for $21K, leather and couldn’t be happier with it. A few months before that VW bought back my wife’s ‘15 TDI Jetta wagon for $17k and she got a new Golf wagon for $20k, her third VW wagon in 12 years. Diesel gate ended up working in our favor financially and they’ve all been good cars.

  • avatar
    jbookwitness

    Given VW’s spotty reputation for reliability, the smart strategy for anyone considering leasing a GTI would be to buy a used 2018 after a year when it has taken a 30% hit in value, then drive it until the 6 year/60k warranty is almost up, then sell it. The long warranty really doesn’t help the typical lease customer who gets a car for 3 years/36k and brings it back. The depreciation curve will flatten out after year 1, and re-selling the car with 6 months/5k left on the original warranty would be a nice selling point. I suspect this would cost most people less than any lease they could negotiate on a new car, with virtually no downside.

  • avatar
    jbookwitness

    6 years/72k warranty. Don’t want to sell them short. I wonder how long VW will offer this warranty?

  • avatar
    Mike

    Was shopping leftover 2017 GTIs and found an amazing deal… in Atlanta. Went to the local dealer and asked if they could compete, or even just come down to negate the cost to transport the car or go retrieve it, and was told if I could get such a great deal in Atlanta then go buy it. Somebody else will buy this car for what we’re asking.

    Alright then. So that’s what I did. Should be here next week.

    VW dealers. Ammirite?

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  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States