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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“styling is a bit on the conservative side”
“drivers can enjoy true German-engineered performance without having to sacrifice comfort”
Kelley Blue Book
“the five-door can't help but look a bit more utilitarian than the three-door”
The Volkswagen GTI hatchback is available for 2009 in both three-door and five-door body styles. The three-door exudes a sporty appearance, relegating the five-door to the more utilitarian-looking GTI.
Automotive.com supports this opinion, commenting “the five-door can't help but look a bit more utilitarian than the three-door. It's still undeniably sleek and handsome, but it surrenders some of the three-door's youthful chic.” Motor Trend says, “Inside and out, styling is a bit on the conservative side but it fits the car's longevity and practicality.” A comment from Kelley Blue Book helps clarify: “Thanks to the GTI's clever hatchback design, drivers can enjoy true German-engineered performance without having to sacrifice comfort for four people or a roomy cargo hold.”
About the GTI’s profile, Motor Trend comments “the windshield rakes quickly back over the front of the passenger compartment and the roofline ends with a wind-cheating spoiler above the back window. This view also gains visual strength and a sporty stance from the way the car's waistline rises and the side windows taper above the rear fenders.” Automotive.com completes the exterior objectivity, saying the rear of the GTI is “clean, with large tail lamps mounted high on the car's haunches with twin exhaust tips peaking out from the lower left side of the black bumper.”
The GTI’s interior gets the same lukewarm response as its exterior. “Interior trim is mostly subdued, but there are some nice chrome accents on the dash and gauges as well as some unique material on the seats,” points out Motor Trend.
Interior practicality is where the GTI shines. “The Volkswagen GTI may look compact on the outside, but there's an amazing amount of room inside. The GTI offers passenger and luggage space on par with the Passat, VW's mid-size family sedan. Interior dimensions for the four-door GTI are identical to those for the two-door,” observes Automotive.com.
Both the exterior and interior styling of the 2009 Volkswagen GTI are orthodox in nature, but in terms of practicality it can’t be beat.