VW Golf MK8 GTI Owner's Manual

VW Golf MK8 GTI Owner's Manual
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Golf MK8 GTI – a five-door hatchback from the German manufacturer combines modern powerful features and stylish design. The car represents the 8th generation of GTI models and partially repeats the characteristic features and equipment features of its predecessor. From the first glance at the external features, one feels the strength, confidence and reliability of the car.

The car has clear body lines, restrained and muscular design. The cuts on the bumpers, the original shape of the optics and the traditional red line on the grille add modernity to the model. The same elements with logos are on the wings of the car. The dynamic design of the discs completes the picture. The massive grille segments add to the style, with a particularly impressive look when the LED fog lights are turned on.

A chrome exhaust pipe stands out on the front part.


The engine of the Golf MK8 GTI model is already familiar to motorists – a 4-cylinder 2-liter EA888 with turbocharging, which is combined with a 7-speed robotic gearbox. Such a layout allows you to reach a power of 242 horsepower, which corresponds to the figure of the previous model. The car accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds.

The car is equipped with an excellent disc ventilated brake system, the elements of which stand out in the overall design, even visually. The front suspension is McPherson, the rear is an independent multi-link suspension.

Other variations of 3-cylinder engines with 90 or 110 hp are also possible, as well as available 4-cylinder power units with a capacity of 130 or 150 hp.

Interior design

The car’s interior is dominated by a sporty style. Seats in the form of a bucket are equipped with several positions. The multi-rudder has a comfortable shape and a flat shape at the top and bottom. Ambient interior lighting is available in 30 colors. The illumination of the door handles and the space under the door gives a special charm.

The digital instrument panel Digital Cockpit Pro displays all the necessary information in front of the driver, which allows not to be distracted from driving the vehicle.

The car is presented in 4 variations: basic, Life, Style and R-Line. The equipment and configuration is different, but even the basic model has climate control and keyless access. In addition, there are all those options that were characteristic of the predecessor, the GTI of the seventh generation.

The main competitors of the Golf MK8 GTI were the models of well-known concerns, namely Toyota Scion, Ford Focus, and Honda Civic.

VW Golf MK8 GTI Overview

The VW Golf MK8 GTI is a high-performance version of the iconic VW Golf hatchback. Known for its sporty design and powerful engine, the GTI offers a thrilling driving experience combined with practicality.


  • Dimensions (Min-Max):
    • Length: Approximately 4258 mm
    • Width: Approximately 1789 mm
    • Height: Approximately 1456 mm
  • Curb Weight: Approximately 1,387 kg
  • Wheel Size: 18 inches
  • Model Variations: Base, Autobahn
  • Engine Options:
    • 2.0L TSI 4-cylinder
  • Engine Power:
    • 180 kW (241 horsepower)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: Approximately 50 liters


  • Standard Features:
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Optional Features:
    • Performance package with a limited-slip differential
    • 19-inch alloy wheels
    • Leather upholstery
    • Premium audio system


  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Ford Focus ST
  • Hyundai Veloster N
  • Subaru WRX


  • Tire Replacement: Typically every 40,000 – 60,000 kilometers
  • Battery Replacement: Usually every 4-6 years
  • Oil and Filter Change: Recommended every 8,000 – 10,000 kilometers
  • Common Check Engine Light Causes:
    • Malfunctioning oxygen sensor
    • Loose gas cap
    • Issues with ignition coils or spark plugs
    • Mass airflow sensor problems
    • Catalytic converter issues

Common Breakdown Causes

  • Turbocharger problems
  • Electrical system issues
  • Suspension and steering problems
  • Brake system issues
  • Cooling system and radiator problems