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2016 Volkswagen GTI S Performance Package

Hard to believe though it may be, 2020 rings in the reign of what will certainly be the new benchmark for small hatchbacks – the Golf Mk.8. The Mk.7 redefined the driving dynamics and performance of the category with what is generally hailed as the best VW chassis to date – the MQB platform. So it’s time to start looking at these models as potential values while we wait for the next GTI to bow.

The Mk.7 introduced a new strata of GTI trim levels. The base was a S, which gave you the Tartan interior, the turbocharged 2.0TFSI motor cranking out 210 horsepower, LED foglights, Bluetooth and a 5.8″ touchscreen, 18″ alloy wheels and a review camera. In other words, it wasn’t exactly a stripped model, and as such it’d cost you over $26,000 to get into one. Moving to the SE got you leather and a sunroof, along with automatic headlights, premium Fender radio and rain-sensing wipers. The top-tier Autobahn package further added navigation, power seats, and dual-climate control – by which point you were knocking on the R’s base price if you had fully optioned out your GTI.

So the one to get was the S if you could live without a sunroof, since it gave you the best look and the most bang for a buck. But there was a secret – the Performance Package, which gave you a further 10 horsepower and a limited-slip differential in front, along with upgraded brakes. Click one more option – the Lighting Package – and you got adaptive HIDs. This Pure White over Titan Black/Clark Plaid cloth 2016 had just that set of options, and just 5,500 miles since new:

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Year: 2016
Model: GTI S Performance Package
VIN: 3VWY47AU6GM065912
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 5,509 mi
Location: New Milford, CT
Price: $22,950 Buy It Now

Up for sale is my Candy White 2016 GTi S 2 door . The car has the rare Performance Package and Lighting Package along with a 6 speed manual and NO sunroof – the perfect spec GTi 2 door .The Performance pack gave you the upgraded engine , Limited slip diff and the Golf R brakes . The lighting Package gave you xenon lights with dynamic corning . Like all GTi’s of this year it has power windows , A/C , in dash CD, heated seats etc . It is adult owned , bone stock and has 5509 original miles .It carries the balance of the VW 5 year / 60K mile powertrain warranty and the 12 year corrosion warranty . It has never had any paintwork or damage and has not been used in winter weather .The front bumper has not been drilled for a license plate bracket . It came on Bridgestone summer tires and also has the winter floor mats ( still in the bag ) and the VW cargo liner in the loadspace . I have the window sticker and the owners manuals are still in their sealed box . I have the title in hand ( CT ) and the car may be viewed by appointment in NW CT . I took the car off the road a couple weeks ago before the inclement weather arrived and I’m finding my shop too jammed up with cars to keep it stored there . Car has never been left outside . I included a couple shots of the wheel wells and brakes to illustrate how fresh the car is . There are a couple tiny paint chips , but otherwise could pass for new . If you missed out on buying a 2 door GTi MK 7 new this might be as close as you could get now . I can work with your shipper and can store the car for a reasonable period of time if a carrier needs time to arrange pickup .

This really is just about exactly how I’d have spec’d my GTI, although I’m also a fan of the Night Blue Metallic and especially love the 2018 addition of Great Falls Green Metallic. The darker tones work a bit better with the fussy strakes on the front end. Otherwise there’s little to complain about. As the seller notes, if you missed getting into a Mk.7 this one really is just about new, well optioned and priced at a hefty discount from new. Granted, you may be able to find a few leftover ’19s that dealers are struggling to move, but a quick look at my local dealer still had the cheapest ’19s at $29,000 plus. To me this one seems like a good deal on a very lightly used and well optioned example.



  1. Cory
    Cory January 2, 2020

    This one is out of warranty. Not sure how much it matters, but I’d probably be looking for a 2018 with the 6 year 72k mike bumper to bumper warranty.

  2. Erik
    Erik January 3, 2020

    You’re also getting a branded title.

  3. Erik
    Erik January 3, 2020

    Weren’t there some pretty hefty discounts from msrp when these were new? I like the spec and the miles are low, bit that seems spendy.

  4. Cory
    Cory January 3, 2020

    Oof…didn’t see that.

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