If the GTI doesn’t win with style, it impresses with speed

November 22nd, 2015 by

7 Cars the 2016 VW Golf GTI is Faster Than
There are a variety of reasons people choose to buy a vehicle, but when it comes to picking the 2016 VW Golf GTI over the standard Golf, the reasons typically come down to style and performance. Clearly, for an additional $5,000, the main reason is going to be power. For VW enthusiast, this may all come across as a no brainer, but what about those who are comparing their options for performance vehicles under $30,000? When taking a look at the 7 cars the 2016 VW Golf GTI is faster than, it becomes clear the model offers stiff competition against a range of makes and models.

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The first thing to know when comparing the Golf GTI to other models is just how fast the vehicle is. There are a few things to consider when it comes to determining how fast the GTI can accelerate, including the transmission and whether it receives the Performance Package upgrade. Car and Driver has rated tested it as achieving a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds when paired with the 6-speed DSG automatic and with the performance package figures included. The top speed of the model is also set at 124 mph. Which models fail to top these figures?

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2016 Dodge Dart: Though it may be dressed as a sportier model, the fact remains that the acceleration time is a woefully slow 8.2 seconds. It’s true the top speed is 127 miles per hour, but it would take a long race for the Dart to catch up to the Golf GTI.

2016 Mazda3: Oh the difference the turbocharger makes. The Mazda3 also comes with a 2.0-liter engine, but only produces 155 horsepower. The 2.5-liter option boosts this to 184hp, but that falls far behind the 220hp found in the GTI with performance package. The result? The Mazda 3 takes a full 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mpg from a stop.

2015 Civic Si: The newest Civic Si isn’t out yet, but last model year wasn’t too impressive, with the model accelerating a full second behind the GTI at a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds.

2016 Ford Focus ST: In some ways this one is debatable, as the GTI beats it in acceleration, but loses when it comes to top speed. You may not opt for the GTI if you’re hoping to win out on distance, as the Focus ST can reach a maximum of 150 mph. Revving at a stop light? That ST will take a full 6.3 seconds to reach 60 mph.

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2015 Ford Fiesta ST: Much like the Focus ST, in the long run it has a higher top speed, but when it comes to acceleration, the GTI has the Fiesta’s 6.7 second time beat. Maybe you won’t want to race them against each other on a track, but for your daily driver the GTI is going to be more satisfying.

2016 Hyundai Veloster: It’s not quite clear who this model is trying to fool, as it has all the appearance of a sportier vehicle, while only have 132 horsepower to deliver. Meaning, you could go ahead and drop down to a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and still receive more oomph. Even with the available tubocharged engine and its 201hp, the model still takes 6.8 seconds to get up to speed.

2015 Mini Cooper Convertible S: At the price point of this model, which comes in at $36,700, it hardly seems worth comparing. If you’re willing to pay so much, you may as well take a look at the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. Still, if this is a model you were debating, you should know it’s another instance where the acceleration sits at 6.4 seconds, though the top speed is set to reach 143 mph. For those who will never leave highway speed limits, that’s more a factoid than a speed you’ll ever reach.

Is the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI on the top of your list for affordable sports models? We think it should be. If you liked this post, be sure to check back here at the New Century Volkswagen Blog for more comparisons like this one.

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