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The car

Volkswagen GTI 2008

14 trips
24 MPG
Gas (Premium)
2 doors
5 seats

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170 tripsJoined Oct 2014
Typically responds in 1 hour


First Time Renter Instructions: 1. Create a TURO Account using this link: 2. Get Pre-approved to drive by uploading a photo fo your driver’s license and credit card info. 3. Wait For an Approval or call Turo if you need it right away 1-(866)-735-2901 5. Make a Request On This Car Note: the trunk can accommodate a weekend's worth of stuff for two or a standard carry-on. Questions? Check out the FAQs or send me a message. --------------------------------------------------------- This GTI is exclusively for rental on Turo. 🎉 MPG: 22 city / 29 highway Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5,100 rpm Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder Curb weight: 3,151 lbs Dimensions: 166″ L x 69″ W x 58″ H Seats 4 people comfortably (and 5 people if you're close😉). Lots of space in the hatchback for luggage. Very easy to park! Lighting cables available. Great car for getting around town, weekends in Tahoe, visits to wine country, or anything else you can think of. Rules: No Smoking. If there is evidence of smoke smell you will be charged $250 for cleaning. No Pets No racing Abide by the speed limits Do not take it to the track. Fees: $10 administration fee on top of the actual cost of gas/toll violations/citation. To avoid the fee Drive Speed Limit, Fill up the gas at the end of the rental, don't run tolls without Fastrak.


Automatic transmission
Audio input
Long-term car
USB input
Toll pass
Android Auto


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Prepaid refuel
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Post-trip cleaning
Return the car hassle free, without worrying about cleaning up after your trip. Does not cover upholstery cleaning, spills, stains, pet hair, or smoke removal.


13 ratings

Populus communicated well and the car was fun to drive and reliable.

I I.-May 22, 2019

The host cancelled this trip 11 hours before it started. This message was automatically posted by Turo.

Turo-Apr 26, 2019

Great first-time experience with Turo, and Populous did not disappoint. Communication was easy and the GTI was fun to drive, if a little noisy. (It is a sport vehicle with 125k miles on it, after all.) The car was an 'airport' rental and the Turo Valet Lot option worked out just fine. (Uber to the off-site lot, pick up the car, return it to the lot, and get a free ride back to the airport.) I will definitely use Turo again, and wouldn't hesitate to use Populous again, should my travels bring back to the San Francisco area.

Jack M.-Feb 10, 2019

First time renting VW GTI. first time with Turo, overall worked very, very well. Incredibly fast and easy pickup and return near SFO. Uber driver from SFO knew exactly where Turo location was. Picked up the car at night in the rain, luckily I knew the area and easy access to Hwy 380 which connects to either 280 or 101. Car was quite fun to drive, lots of power when needed, easy parking because it's small. Would not recommend for four adults as backseat is quite small. Drives like a sports car, tight and quick steering. A bit noisy on some highways but that's more due to the state of major roads in CA. I really liked the car. Populus was easy to communicate with - I couldn't figure out how to turn off the rear window wiper and I wanted to extend my trip by a day. Both solved quickly. This car is an incredible value. I normally rent from Dollar and it would have cost me $50/day over what I paid. Yes, the GTI wasn't new, but for my purposes it was great, and I would absolutely rent it again.

James D.-Feb 1, 2019

Thank You! It was such an easy process! Way better than getting a car at the rental car places. Populus was nice and easy to reach.

Rachael G.-Jan 3, 2019

Car Location
Fremont, CA 94555

San Francisco International Airport
Mineta San Jose International Airport
Oakland International Airport

Up to 15 miles
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