2015 Volkswagen GTI Priced From $25,215

A big part of the success of the Volkswagen GTI is its affordability, and the newest model will be no different. The 2015 Volkswagen GTI will start at just $25,215, including an $820 destination charge, when it goes on sale in June.

That price is for the base GTI S two-door with a six-speed manual transmission, and it represents an increase of just $195 compared to the last two-door GTI sold in the U.S. (For 2014, Volkswagen sold the outgoing GTI only as a four-door in the pricier Wolfsburg and Driver's Edition trims.) The four-door GTI S starts at $25,815.

All versions of the new 2015 Volkswagen GTI use an upgraded EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine rated for 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, increases of 10 hp and 51 lb-ft compared to the outgoing hot hatch. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but upgrading to the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic costs $1100 on any model.

The 2015 Volkswagen GTI S comes standard with a touchscreen audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED foglights, heated front seats, Bluetooth, and the VW Car-Net connectivity system. An optional $995 Lighting package adds adaptive xenon headlights with LED running lights. The $695 Driver Assistance pack adds forward collision warning and parking sensors.

Upgrading to the 2015 Volkswagen GTI SE means buyers get as standard a sunroof, push-button start, a backup camera, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, a Fender sound system, and leather seats. The SE costs $28,215 with a manual transmission with two doors, or $28,815 with four doors.

The final variant is the 2015 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn, which starts at $30,415 in two-door guise and $31,015 with four doors. Atop the SE's equipment list, it adds navigation, a 12-way power driver's seat, and automatic climate control.

Later this year, Volkswagen will make a $1495 Performance package available for all versions of the new GTI. It adds larger brakes, an extra ten horsepower (bringing total output to 220 hp), and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. GTI SE and Autobahn cars equipped with this package can also add the Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive suspension package, which costs $880.

The new-generation GTI is also more fuel efficient than before. According to the EPA, the 2015 Volkswagen GTI will achieve 25/34 mpg (city/highway) with a manual transmission and 25/33 with the DSG dual-clutch. The old car had ratings of 21/31 mpg with the manual and 24/32 mpg with the dual-clutch.

Brian Spicer
Seats look vastly improved; not that anything was wrong with the old ones … just from the pictures of the interior; the quality looks very Audi ish!
Brian Spicer
LOVE IT !!!   Finally Power Seats … so what this tells us is that the new Golf R is probably going to be ringing in loaded at not far off 40 Large …Looks like it's going to be a Loaded 2 door GTI for me as of next summer, instead of a Golf R
True Car Guy
No performance pack for even longer! WTF, I'm Done with this crap! And you have to get leather to get it?!?!   F-ing stupid VW!
WRX here I come!
Ugh. I was afraid they were going to do this.  No plaid cloth SE?  You have to get leather?
That's it, I'm done. I have waited foreverrrrr for the new GTI, and now it won't be available with the Performance Pack initially. Total bulls@#%. Seriously, I have abandoned the pursuit. Enough is enough.
red rotors
What about the GTD??
Brian Spicer
@True Car Guy  WRX is already starting to look dated compared to this GTI, and not very much faster!
red rotors
I hate being forced into leather also. Top of the line trim/seats should have the option to be a nice quality cloth.
True Car Guy
@Brian Spicer @True Car Guy  
Dated looking? Are you serious?  This MK7 is a step backwards from the MK6! Way less aggressive, boring tall Jetta like hood profile.  When you add in the same carbon build up problems as the MK6 since we are not getting the Euro market secondary port injectors because VW could give two craps about the US market, this thing has stay the hell away written all over it. 

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