Volkswagen GTI MK6

The Mk 5 GTI moved the bar with its rounded look and an emphasis on four-cylinder power. It became one of the more memorable GTI generations ever sold on our shores.

Towards the end of the Mk 5’s run, enthusiasts were already looking ahead to the next GTI. The Mk 6 was released in Europe in 2008, whetting the appetite of enthusiasts. They saw photos of the Mk 6 and loved the more concentrated look of it compared the Mk 5’s rounder shape. American customers were ready when the Mk 6 GTI arrived din showrooms in 2009 – just in time for the 2010 model year.

On the Mk 6, the platform did not change from the Mk 5. The body was completely restyled, effective fixing some of the criticisms of the previous generation. They also worked on the interior by upgrading materials and improving ergonomics and comfort. The result is an upgrade in materials that made GTI owners quite happy. Up until this generation, the GTI was seen as just a hot hatch that was made to go as fast as intended. The Mk 6 added a higher level of driver feel to the mix. It was indeed a step towards in the right direction.

Under the hood, the 2.0liter turbocharged TSI engine was the sole offering with customers choosing from a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG gearbox. Power remained at 200-210 horsepower.

The only big news from the Mk 6 was the addition of the Autobahn edition. This was not a special edition, but a top-of-the-line trim that featured luxury amenities, such as dual zone climate control, as standard. A touchscreen for the infotainment system first appeared on the Mk 6, which included an optional navigation system.

During its time, Automobile Magazine was good enough to present the GTI their 2010 Car of The Year award.

The Mk 6 last sold in 2014. The GTI remained true to its mission and gave enthusiasts a sweet ride among hot hatches. However, competition was heating up. Volkswagen knew they had one something up their sleeve when the time came for the Mk 6’s replacement to arrive.