2019 Memorial Day Weekend Events Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events on Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 4:55 PM
A military cemetery with many gravestones and American flags

Pay your respects to our nation’s fallen service members and spend some quality time in the community at any of these 2019 Memorial Day Weekend events in Santa Monica! Read the rest of this entry »

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Won the Popular Mechanics Hatchback of the Year Award

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Awards, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf GTI on Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 2:41 PM
Side View of Blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you desire a compact hatchback that delivers some serious “kick,” then look no further than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, with its robust engine, quick acceleration, and pleasing driving dynamics. The 2019 Golf GTI was recently honored by Popular Mechanics magazine, which gave it the “Hatchback of the Year” award for its 2019 Automotive Excellence awards. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Mother’s Day Events & Activities Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 3:36 PM
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Are you aiming to do something special for your mom for Mother’s Day this year? Check out these 2019 Mother’s Day events & activities in Santa Monica! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use the Volkswagen Park Assist Feature

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Technology on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 1:57 PM
A black Volkswagen Tiguan parallel parking

Parking can be a challenging and stressful endeavor, especially if attempting to do it in a crowded location like here in the Los Angeles-area. However, with the Volkswagen Park Assist feature, which provides assistance with parallel parking or backing into a spot that’s perpendicular to the road — parking is a much easier endeavor. View here to learn how to use the Volkswagen Park Assist feature. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Earth Day Events and Activities Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 2:06 PM
Happy Earth Day title and a field of flowers

Do your part to contribute to a healthy planet and head to any of these 2019 Earth Day events and activities in the Santa Monica-area! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make a Phone Call with the Volkswagen Voice Recognition System

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Technology on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 2:26 PM
Making a Call Using the Voice Recognition Title and a man standing near the cargo area of a blue Volkswagen Tiguan

It’s not only very challenging to make a call with your phone while driving, but it’s also very dangerous. With the voice recognition system in select Volkswagen models, you can connect your device using Bluetooth technology and place a call with voice commands — while you safely keep your eyes on the road. View here to learn how to make a phone call with the Volkswagen Voice Recognition System. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Wins Cars.com “Best Compact SUV” Award

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen News, Volkswagen Tiguan on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 1:14 PM
Blue 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan parked near a campsite

Automotive shoppers have a plethora of choices in the compact SUV segment — but a model that stands out from the pack is the outstanding 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, with its sleek styling, excellent performance, roomy and versatile interior, and advanced multimedia and driving assistance technologies. The automotive experts at Cars.com agree, for the site gave the “Best Compact SUV of 2019” award to the 2019 Tiguan. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Easter Events and Egg Hunts Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 11:19 AM
Happy Easter title and a row of golden eggs

Enjoy some springtime fun with your family at any of these 2019 Easter events and egg hunts in the Santa Monica-area! Read the rest of this entry »

How Fast is the Volkswagen Golf GTI?

By Volkswagen Santa Monica | Posted in Golf Model Features, Volkswagen Golf GTI on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 3:46 PM
Golf GTI Driving in City

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the hot hatch of the VW Golf lineup, offering turbocharged engine power and sporty handling. It was designed to cruise long distances without compromising comfort and style. In fact, the “GT” in its name was inspired by Grand Touring or Gran Turismo — an Italian phrase for “touring” cars. So, what is the Volkswagen GTI 0 – 60 mph time? Read on to learn more about its speed and power!

Volkswagen GTI 0 – 60 MPH

The new VW Golf GTI houses a turbocharged, intercooled 2.0L TSI 16-valve motor paired with a six-speed manual transmission. With this powertrain, the Golf GTI produces up to 228 hp and up to 258 lb-ft torque. The best part? It’s surprisingly fuel-efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway rating. According to Car and Driver testing, the VW Golf GTI accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and can take on a quarter mile in 14.3 seconds, while reaching up to 100 mph.

What Are the Golf GTI Hatch’s Other Performance Features?

While you won’t be pushing the Golf GTI to its full potential on Beverly Hills and Brentwood roads, there’s plenty of performance features to enjoy. Some highlights include the following:

  • DCC® Adaptive Chassis Control: No to be confused with adaptive cruise control, this system allows you to alternate between three firmness settings to automatically control the damper valves.
  • Progressive Power Steering: With the help of variable assistance, this system makes steering at any speed easier and more fluid.
  • Sport Suspension: Sport suspension improves the Golf GTI hatch’s grip while delivering sporty driving feedback.
  • Performance Braking: Ventilated disc brakes help keep your car’s braking system functionally optimally at high and low speeds.
  • Limited-Slip Differential: As you travel, this system adjusts the torque balance as necessary to improve your control over the vehicle.
  • Paddle Shifters: When you choose the available seven-speed automatic transmission, you’ll enjoy manual control over gearshifts whenever the mood strikes.

When you look more closely at its speed and performance features, it’s easy to see why the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a favorite of Santa Monica’s everyday drivers and sports car enthusiasts alike.

Test Drive a Golf GTI at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Ready to see what the 2019 Golf GTI can do? Put it to the test at Volkswagen Santa Monica! Here, you can find a Volkswagen GTI for sale or apply for a Volkswagen GTI lease with competitive rates and terms. Contact us to schedule a test drive near Culver City and learn how it compares to the regular Golf.

Is there a Volkswagen first time buyer program in Santa Monica CA?

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership Information on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 3:33 PM
Side view of grey 2019 Volkswagen Golf

Buying your first car is a major milestone in your life. With car ownership, you’ll have increased mobility with access to more opportunities, along with a greater sense of freedom. Here at Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we’re here to help you get behind the wheel of your first car with our First Time Buyer Program! Read the rest of this entry »