My 2 Door is mostly ok for me. I rarely carry passenger in the back, and carrying big item is fine through the hatch. But what I do miss on the 4 door is the rear window that can be opened.....I wish the rear window on GTI can be crack open like most Minivan does....
Old thread, I know, but here's my 2 cents... I have a 2012 TDI 4-door w/tech package and I love it. I also love the 4-door GTI. To me these cars offer the perfect balance between sporty driving and practicality. As it's already been said, if I wanted a coupe, it'd be a real sports car, not a GTI (no offense). I think these cars serve best as practical/functional cars that happen to be fun to drive. Personally, I think the 4-door even looks better than the 2-door, which has awkward proportions to me. But at the end of the day, it's your money, your preference, your car...your decision.
I bought mine without knowing if it was 4 or 2 door. Ended up being a 2 dr. which looks better and is nice because the B pillar is not in my peripheral (also makes the front seating area seem more open). However, if i could go back i would get four doors for the following reasons:
1: Easier to take 4 co-workers to lunch.
2: Easier to hang dry cleaning and/or sport coat in the back.
3: Shorter doors are nice in tight parking spots.
4: Four door have electric tilt on the front seats, 2 dr have the rotary knob which inevitable breaks off, or just plain stops working).
5: Four door only costs $600 more.
Haven't read the whole thread, but here's my take:
2-Dr: pluses: cheaper
...looks better. The 2-dr makes the car look short and trunkated. The 4-dr fills it out nicely
...much easier to get passengers in/out
...much easier to get luggage/stuff in the trunk with the rear doors open
...much easier to clean the car
...requires less side room in a parking lot or garage to load and unload as the front doors are not as wide
...easier to get the rear seats back up after unloading hatch
...did I mention that it looks better? Says you have a sense of style and you don't just run with the crowd.
I too was on the fence about getting a 2dr vs. 4dr. I bought a 4dr and at first I regretted the decision. I seemed to notice more 2drs around. Since a couple of months have gone by I truly realized that the 4dr looks alot better. I absolutely love mine. It does fill the car out better than the 2dr.
And no I don't have kids or have to haul things around for my job that would make the 4dr more practical there by biasing my decision.
4dr all the way!
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I have a four-door and it's very practical, especially when you take the kids on the school run and/or using the car to take co-workers to lunch. Plus, the four-door is the top safety pick, which is important for you and your family. IMHO
After my kid is old enough to ride up front, I may consider a two-door for my next car. My wife's Tiguan is the family truckster and workhorse for our family.