It's taken Volkswagen a little while to finally introduce the seventh-generation GTI to the United States. However, it's finally happening, and even better, VW is finally spilling the beans on the features and pricing for the 2015 model.

All new GTI models come with VW's EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 10 hp and 51 lb-ft over the outgoing model. In addition to the extra power, EPA fuel economy is predicted at 34 miles per gallon highway for manual-transmission models, a 3 mpg improvement. All models come standard with a six-speed manual, and the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is a $1,100 option. The new model is also 2.2 inches longer, 0.5 inches wider and 1.1 inches lower, which translates to more rear seat room and 10-percent more cargo capacity.

The new GTI is being offered in multiple trims, but the base S model with two doors carries a starting price of $24,395 (*plus $820 destination charge). That's just $195 more than the entry-level price for the 2014 model. Standard features include niceties like a drive-mode selector, touchscreen radio, LED foglights and heated front seats.

Buyers can step up to the GTI SE trim for $27,395, which adds a sunroof, rearview camera, leather seats and more. The GTI Autobahn is only available as a four-door priced at $29,595, and it adds navigation, a power driver's seat and automatic air conditioning in addition to the SE's upgrades.

For buyers who want even more performance, later this year, a $1,495 Performance Package will be available that includes a 10-hp boost, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. SE and Autobahn-spec models will also get adaptive damping.

The GTI is generally considered the daddy of the hot hatch world, and we loved the new seventh-generation when we tested it with all the performance goodies in Europe last year. Sales begin in June, and all US models will be built at VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico. Scroll down to read more about the new GTI, including more available options packages.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF 2015 GOLF GTI MODELS, STARTING AT $24,395

The latest Golf GTI adds more standard equipment and exciting new optional features

 Seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient

 Price rises just $195 over previous-generation GTI, despite more standard
equipment and an increase of 10 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of
torque from new EA888 TSI® engine

 Golf GTI Performance Package provides a great value at just $1495,
includes electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential

 Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping to be offered as an
option for the first time in the U.S.


New York – Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced pricing of the 2015 Golf GTI models. The entry-level S trim starts at $24,395 (plus destination and handling) in two-door form with a six-speed manual transmission, an increase of just $195 over the base price of the previous-generation two-door GTI. Compared with the previous GTI, the all-new 2015 Golf GTI adds the following features as standard equipment:

 Latest EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine offering 210 horsepower (up 10 hp) and 258 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 51 lb-ft)
 Driving mode selection feature
 VW Car-Net® connected services
 Touchscreen radio
 Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
 Ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights
 LED foglights

The 2015 Golf GTI will be offered in two other trim levels: SE and Autobahn. The SE model starts at $27,395 for the two-door model equipped with a manual transmission. The Autobahn model is available only in four-door form, starting at $29,595 when equipped with the manual transmission. A six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic is available as an $1100 option on all Golf GTI models.

Later in the year, Volkswagen will be offering the Performance Package, which includes larger brakes, a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and a 10 horsepower boost over the regular GTI, all for just $1495. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping system will also be available later in the 2015 model year on the SE and Autobahn models with the Performance Package.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI manages to do the seemingly impossible. While it's bigger and more spacious than the car that it will replace, it's also lighter and more fuel- efficient. Volkswagen is predicting that the EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating will improve by three miles per gallon, to 34 mpg, for the model equipped with the manual transmission. Based on the new MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture, the 2015 Golf GTI ends the cycle whereby new versions of a car end up heavier than the models they replace.

The 2015 Golf GTI is 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the current car. It is also 1.1 inches lower, which benefits both aerodynamic performance and the car's proportions. The interior package has been optimized to give 0.6 inches more rear-seat legroom and 1.2 inches of additional shoulder room in the back. The trunk is approximately 10 percent larger than in the car it replaces.

The seventh-generation Golf GTI will go on sale as a 2015 model in June. It will be built at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico factory.

GOLF GTI S

The Golf GTI S features the following standard equipment: 210-hp 2.0-liter TSI engine; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Bluetooth® connectivity; a touchscreen radio; Sirius XM® Satellite radio; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® integration; a leather- wrapped multifunction steering wheel, handbrake, and shifter knob; VW Car-Net® connected services; ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights; cloth sport seats with heritage GTI design; LED foglights; heatable front seats; and a new driving mode selection feature. The two-door GTI S with a manual transmission is priced from $24,395.

The Performance Package becomes available later in the model year on all trims, and includes: larger front and rear brakes, a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and a 10 horsepower boost over the regular GTI, for $1495.

A Lighting Package is available for $995 and adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System. The $695 Driver Assistance Package adds a front collision warning system and front and rear Park Distance Control. The six-speed DSG transmission is available as an $1100 option.

GTI SE

The SE starts at $27,395 for the two-door manual transmission model. It adds the following standard equipment: a power tilt and slide sunroof; Keyless access with push-button start; a rearview camera; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; the Fender® Premium Audio System; and leather seating surfaces. The Performance Package will be available later in the model year with the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping system for an additional $800 at this trim level.

GTI Autobahn

The Autobahn is only available as a four-door model, priced from $29,595 with the manual transmission. This adds navigation, a 12-way power driver's seat, and automatic air conditioning to the list of standard equipment on the SE.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


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      cypherxx666xx
      • 8 Months Ago
      i know i get downvoted for this, but as a DD you don`t need anymore car than this, it`s got it all.
        cgm9999
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cypherxx666xx
        Why? It's true. Jeremy Clarkson even said so :) In all seriousness though, in my line of work I get to know a lot of upper-management types and even some CEOs (smaller companies, but CEOs nonetheless). I was surprised to find that more than a couple actually drove GTIs to work everyday. As a car guy (and former GTI owner) I'd ask them what the deal was; why the GTI when they could afford so much more? All of them basically said the same thing you did - it's all the car they need. One guy even had a Ferrari 458 Italia. He said the GTI allowed him to fly beneath the radar and still have a premium feeling fun car to drive everyday that didn't attract hateful stares. A VP of Finance for a major restaurant chain told me that he couldn't believe how affordable his GTI was considering all that it did. He told me that as a "bean counter" (his words, too) he was fascinated how VW could sell such a car for such a price. It's really true, too; after you buy a new GTI for less than $30k (which is lower than the average price of a new car today), you get really spoiled. There's many cars costing thousands of dollars more that don't offer the level of quality materials and driving satisfaction that the GTI does. Think about it - what other car can do 0-60 in less than 6 seconds, return MPGs in the mid-30s on the highway, swallow a chest of drawers, put a smile on your face while driving on canyon roads, feel relaxed while cruising at triple digit speeds, and offer an Audi-like interior all for less than the price of a loaded Honda Accord?
      JaredN
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's nice to see that you can get the performance package on all trim levels. It's too bad that we don't get the 8" infotainment screen that they get in Europe.
      cgm9999
      • 8 Months Ago
      Saw it at the Denver Auto Show a few days ago and the pictures don't do it justice; the proportions are much better this time around. The car looks less dorky and breadbox-like with a faster windshield, lower stance and more purposeful look. Combined with the dramatically increased performance, better fuel-efficiency, lower weight and the availability of a real honest-to-goodness limited slip differential, this car is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a complete car for a very good price. It's seriously a ton of car for not that much money.
      EJ
      • 8 Months Ago
      The interior is light years ahead of all other previous interiors. Sat in one at the auto show and was pleasantly surprised. I actually prefer this interior over the new A3 interior.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      crossing the fingers those mexican build cars will be good this time.
        Joey Franklin
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        There is an article on vwvortex about all the upgrades to the facility. It has been totally redone and is on par with the new Chattanooga factory. I can't wait to drive one, it's my current next choice although i'm going to drive the 15 WRX, A3, and 228i this weekend.
      Sean
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is a great buy no matter what trim level you're looking at. Does VW offer navigation a la carte? It would be nice to get a 6MT with the eLSD, navi, and adaptive dampers. Looks like you're limited to the upper trims to get these goodies, but who wants the leather when you can have the forever-awesome plaid?
      RGT881
      • 8 Months Ago
      If I can get all this performance, top quality interior, luxury car features, fuel economy for $30k, heck even $32k then sign me up. I'll gladly sell my MKV GTI and use the proceeds towards this.
      what
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love my MKVI (2012) 35k miles in and this is on my list for a replacement vehicle.
      yyz
      • 8 Months Ago
      I was kinda hoping the MKVII would not be a huge leap in performance and quality over the MKVI I just bought 6 months ago. Having second thoughts.
        mybora99
        • 8 Months Ago
        @yyz
        You're good. You did it right. You have a car that has all the bugs finally worked out of them. Keep yours for three years and by that time the new GTI will have a lot, probably not all, of its bugs worked out. Do you really want to be the Guinea Pig for a brand new VW from ground up????
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @yyz
        what mybora99 said...first gen cars are never a good idea
        Christopher Anderson
        • 8 Months Ago
        @yyz
        The reason that the Mk7 Golf and GTI was released in Europe over a year ago was so they could work out the "first-year bugs." VW knows how important of a launch this is and they don't want to screw it up. While 2015 is the first model year in America, I don't think we'll see the bugs normally associated with a first year.
      brgtlm
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is on my short list of next cars. The SE model sounds like a good bet. I hope it comes with heated seats though.
        brgtlm
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brgtlm
        I already drove the new Golf as a rental car in Portugal earlier this year. It was a 4DR Golf TDI and it was really nice to drive. Got about 40MPG going about 75-80MPH on the freeways.
        Rob Lewis
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brgtlm
        Heated seats were standard on all MK6 GTIs, so I am assuming they will be on the MK7 as well.
      Sean
      • 8 Months Ago
      It also looks like the top tier 'Bahn model is a good $2k more than a Focus ST with the ST3 package.
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Sean
        The Focus ST may be capable and cheaper, but no way I'm taking that interior over the Golf's. The Golf has also always had a clean, handsome look to it. The Focus ST might as well be the Hyundai Veloster - flashy and hot if that's what you want, but it's far from subtle. I'd like to give the Focus ST a go some time, but it's unlikely I'd take it over this, power deficit or otherwise.
        JaredN
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Sean
        For me, the ST styling is just a bit too boy-racer. I prefer the more understated styling of the GTI, but I realize that is personal taste. Another issue with the ST is it's F150-sized turning circle.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Sean
        According to cars.com, Focus ST with ST3 is $29,000 including destination.
      Matt
      • 8 Months Ago
      Almost perfect, the only issues are: -All the wheel options are hideous. The TDI has the best wheels. -You can't a rearview camera with cloth seats? "If you don't want to run over your kids, you have to endure sweaty balls every time you drive". Thanks VW.
        superchan7
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Not to ignore your other complaints, but people have raised kids around cars for decades without rear view cameras. It's a luxury (I actually love them for helping me park).
          ufgrat
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Yes, but now the rear cameras absolve the parents of any responsibility for knowing where their kids are before the car goes into reverse. If the child is too young to know they shouldn't be behind the car, why isn't someone watching them? But asking that question means I'm a terrible person, and must be immediately down-voted.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          No, its a luxury. We've gotten along just fine without them for years, its just touchy feely do-gooders who think everything has to be made 'safe' who make you think its a safety feature.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Also, seat belts have been proven to save lives. Back up cameras? Not so much.
          Matt
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Something that makes the car safer for the occupants or pedestrians is a safety feature. I don't know how you could argue otherwise. Drivers "got along fine" without seatbelts for years also, does that make seatbelts a "luxury" too? I'm not saying make the camera standard. I'm saying allow me to get it as a standalone option on any trim level.
          Matt
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Superchan, safety features aren't luxuries, they are safety features. Moonroof/nav/heated seats/etc are luxuries. And it's not just your kids you have to worry about, it's other people's kids/pets. Automakers should never make available safety features inaccessible to certain trims. I'll pay for them, but don't make me buy luxury features I don't want to get safety features. BMW rips you off for safety features, but at least they are standalone options.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Pedestrians should respect what a moving vehicle can do, but that's asking me to have faith in my fellow man.
        cdrami
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Matt
        turn on your A/C which is std equip - youre lucky they even offer cloth seats on a +$25K car
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Or you could, you know, put them on a leash.
          TC
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Not sure how putting your sweaty balls on a leash will stop you running over your kids.
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Matt
        So buy one and swap wheels with someone on vwvortex.
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