|2012 VW GTI. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.|
The 2012 Volkswagen GTI is the German automaker’s hot hatchback vehicle, providing aggressive looks and sound along with performance thrills. Based on the Golf platform, the GTI comes with large 18-inch alloy wheels and either two or four doors. The car provides a smooth and quiet ride, with road noise levels matching those found in some luxury vehicles. Volkswagen provides a fun car that is still practical to drive on a daily basis, commuting in comfort down both highways and city streets.
Since it is built for driving fun, Volkswagen loaded the GTI with several performance-oriented features. A launch control system helps rocket the car forward when it is sitting still. The GTI also comes with a sport-tuned suspension, shifter paddles mounted to the steering wheel and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. The car’s front seats come with large side bolsters to keep the driver and front passenger firmly in place during hard cornering
Standard interior features in the GTI include power door locks and windows, an eight-speaker sound system, cruise control and heated front seats. The GTI also has the ability to connect to cell phones via a Bluetooth connection, allowing for hands-free talking while driving. The sound system comes with a jack that allows passengers to plug in an MP3 player. The top-of-the-line models come with a keyless entry and ignition system that works when the driver simply has the key in his pocket.