2014 Volkswagen GTI Review

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI offers thrilling hot-hatch performance unmatched by nearly all competitors. Its performance and upscale, roomy cabin position it in the top third of our compact car rankings. An average reliability score keeps it from ranking higher.   

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin materials
  • Roomy seats
  • Good cargo space
  • Great overall performance
  • Slow navigation system with small screen

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for Families award. Currently the Volkswagen GTI has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 9.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Volkswagen GTI Overview

Is the 2014 Volkswagen GTI a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI hatchback is a top choice for performance enthusiasts. It puts down plenty of power and is even more fun to drive than the lively Volkswagen Golf. Inside, the GTI is luxurious and roomy. We named it our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.

Used 2014 Volkswagen GTI Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Volkswagen GTI comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that moves the car instantly and quickly for effortless highway passing. An accurate six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a slick six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with Sport mode and paddle shifters is available. The GTI achieves an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the automatic, which is below average for the class – the price paid for the additional power. The Volkswagen GTI offers an ideal combination of lithe handling, ride comfort, and exact steering.

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The five-seat 2014 VW GTI boasts one of the most lavish cabins in the class, featuring excellent build quality and materials. Front- and back-seat occupants can stretch out, as there is plenty of head- and legroom. There's also an abundance of cargo space – up to 46 cubic feet. Still, the Golf GTI's rear seats don't fold flat, so loading larger items can be a challenge.

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, an auxiliary input, and an iPod cable. The available touch-screen navigation system is sluggish and could use more screen real estate.

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Used 2014 Volkswagen GTI Prices

The average price of a 2014 GTI ranges from close to $16,300 for the base model with a manual transmission up to about $19,200 for the GTI Driver's Edition with a dual-clutch automatic. Pricing will vary depending on the car's location, condition, mileage, and equipment.

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We Did the Research for You: 44 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews alongside data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 44 Volkswagen GTI reviews to help you decide if the 2014 GTI is the right used car for you. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen GTI?

J.D. Power gave the 2014 Volkswagen GTI a reliability score of three out of five, which is considered average across the automotive industry.

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How Safe Is the GTI?

In all four of its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash evaluations, the 2014 VW GTI received the top rating of Good. It also earned four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover crash test. Volkswagen offers no active safety features in the 2014 GTI.

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Should I Consider Another Used GTI?

The 2014 Golf GTI marks the last year of the hatchback's sixth generation, which began production in 2010. Take a look at 2012 and 2013 GTIs, which are similar to the 2014 model but will likely cost less. Two-door Volkswagen GTI models are only available in model years prior to 2014, so keep that in mind if you’re considering that body style.

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Which Used Volkswagen GTI Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI is available in two trims: Wolfsburg Edition (base) and Driver's Edition. The Wolfsburg Edition includes Bluetooth with audio streaming, a CD player, AM/FM radio, an auxiliary cable, and two outlets. The Driver’s Edition adds a sunroof and a 5-inch touch screen with navigation. The Wolfsburg is nicely equipped and should satisfy most drivers.

CPO models are also available through VW. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2014 Volkswagen GTI and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen GTI or 2014 Ford Focus?

While the base Ford Focus can't live up to the GTI's performance, its sport-tuned ST trim can compete. Both hatchbacks have a turbocharged, four-cylinder base engine, but the Focus ST’s gets 50 more horsepower. The Ford Focus ST also has a lower cost of ownership than the GTI, while also offering responsive steering, everyday ride comfort, and excellent cornering ability. In the end, both vehicles are excellent choices.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen GTI or 2014 Volkswagen Golf?

The GTI and the Volkswagen Golf were built on the same platform, so they share many characteristics. The Golf is fun to drive and more affordable than the GTI. However, performance enthusiasts will prefer the GTI; it’s nimbler and faster, and it comes with a sport suspension. The GTI also has more standard features than the sparse Golf, and we named it our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.

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