With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the U.S.-spec 2010 GTI can go from 0 to 60 mph (96km/h) in 6.8 seconds and on to an electronically limited 130mph (209km/h) top speed while delivering an EPA-estimated 31mpg on the highway, and 21mpg in city driving.
When fitted with the optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, the GTi reaches 60mph in 6.7 seconds from a standstill and returns an improved EPA-estimated 32 mpg in highway driving, and 24 mpg in city driving.
In comparison, the 210HP Euro-spec GTI accelerates from standstill to 62mph (100km/h) in 6.9seconds (both manual and DSG) and has a top speed of 142mph or 238km/h.
In the U.S., prices for the 2010 GTI start from $23,990 (including destination charge) for the two-door model with a manual gearbox and top out at $25,690 for the four-door version with the DSG transmission.
For more details on pricing check out the official order guide below.