The 6th generation of the GTI has a cumulative PainRank™ of 7.69. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You could do worse (but you could also do better).
Owners of the 2009–2014 GTI model years have sent in 68 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (33%) followed by the brakes (10%) and the clutch (10%).