Volkswagen GTI Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Volkswagen GTI Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 1 recall, 3 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 6 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2014 2014 Volkswagen GTI 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2014 2014 Volkswagen GTI 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2013 2013 Volkswagen GTI 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2013 2013 Volkswagen GTI 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2012 2012 Volkswagen GTI 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2012 2012 Volkswagen GTI 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2011 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2011 2011 Volkswagen GTI 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2010 2010 Volkswagen GTI 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2010 2010 Volkswagen GTI 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 5 5 4
2009 2009 Volkswagen GTI 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2009 2009 Volkswagen GTI 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 5 5 4
2008 2008 Volkswagen GTI 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2008 2008 Volkswagen GTI 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 5 5 4
2007 2007 Volkswagen GTI 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2007 2007 Volkswagen GTI 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 5 5 4

Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen has manufactured models of GTI for 23 years. They average 24.4 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2020 GTI above average at 27 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2020 GTI to be $1,450 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $0 more over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The GTI consumes about 12 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

The GTI emits 327 grams of CO2 per mile, or roughly 4,905,000 grams per year. To put this into perspective, a normal tree absorbs about 21,000 grams of CO2 per year, so about 234 trees would offset these emissions. The GTI has start-stop technology.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 Volkswagen GTI 27 32 24
2019 Volkswagen GTI 27 31 25
2018 Volkswagen GTI 27 32 24
2017 Volkswagen GTI 28 34 24
2016 Volkswagen GTI 28 34 25
2015 Volkswagen GTI 28 33 25
2014 Volkswagen GTI 27 32 24
2013 Volkswagen GTI 27 33 24
2012 Volkswagen GTI 27 33 24
2011 Volkswagen GTI 25 31 21
2010 Volkswagen GTI 25 31 21
2009 Volkswagen GTI 25 31 21
2008 Volkswagen GTI 25 29 22
2007 Volkswagen GTI 24 29 21
2006 Volkswagen GTI 24 29 21
2005 Volkswagen GTI 24 29 21
2004 Volkswagen GTI 24 28 21
2003 Volkswagen GTI 22 27 19
2002 Volkswagen GTI 21 26 18
2001 Volkswagen GTI 21 26 18
2000 Volkswagen GTI 21 26 18
1999 Volkswagen GTI 19 24 17
1986 Volkswagen GTI 25 29 23

MPG breakdown by model options

The Volkswagen GTI has 59 different model options on record with the EPA since 1986. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2020 Automatic (AM-S7), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2019 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2019 Automatic (AM-S7), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 31 25
2018 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 33 25
2018 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2017 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2017 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 24
2016 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 33 25
2016 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2015 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 33 25
2015 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2014 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2014 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2013 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 33 24
2013 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2012 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 33 24
2012 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2011 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2011 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 33 24
2010 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2010 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2009 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2009 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 29 22
2008 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 29 22
2008 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 20
2007 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
2007 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 29 22
2006 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 29 21
2006 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2006 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 29 22
2006 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 29 21
2005 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2005 Manual 6-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 22 27 19
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2004 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2004 Manual 6-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 22 27 19
2003 Manual 6-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 22 27 19
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2003 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 28 20
2003 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2002 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 28 20
2002 Manual 6-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 22 27 19
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2002 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2002 Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 21 26 18
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 20
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
2001 Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 21 26 18
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2000 Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 21 26 18
1999 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 19
1999 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
1999 Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.8 L 19 24 17
1986 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 25 29 23