2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

There is only one vehicle more iconic to the Volkswagen lineup than the Golf, and that’s the Beetle. Still, the Golf manages to be a favorite for its performance even if it doesn’t have the same recognizable lines. What it does have is a growing family, and you may be wondering how you’re expected to choose among the members. When it comes to the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI it’s a tough decision as one is more affordable and practical, while the other offers impressive power.

When it comes to their size and shape, the Golf and the Golf GTI are on the same level. Cargo capacity sits at 22.8 cubic feet and passenger volume is 93.5 cubic feet, so you’ll have the same legroom in either option. Both also have standard cloth seating and come in either two- or four-door styles, so basic design options are the same. In fact, the GTI has the same features and adds on to the Golf’s standard heated side mirrors, Bluetooth with audio, rearview camera and multi-function steering wheel.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$20,175 MSRP $25,595
25 city / 37 hwy MPG 25 city / 34 hwy
1.8-liter, 170hp / 184 lb-ft of torque Engine 2.0-liter, 210hp / 258 lb-ft of torque
5-speed manual Standard Transmission 6-speed manual

How do you choose between the Golf and Golf GTI?

With so many similarities, you may be wondering if it’s worth upgrading to the Golf GTI. It is, after all, more expensive, while offering the same basic functionality and better fuel economy. The Golf is an excellent choice for commuters or just as a standard compact car, but the Golf GTI appeals to those who are looking for even more fun behind the wheel. It has a 210-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four that easily outpaces the 170-horsepower 1.8-liter engine found underneath the hood of the standard Golf. The GTI also has larger front disc brakes and both of its transmission options are more impressive. The focus is clearly put on performance, and while this lowers the fuel economy, it does improve the driving experience. An optional Performance Package is also available for even larger disc brakes, increased horsepower and a limited-slip VAQ differential.

In addition to the features listed above, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI adds on 18-inch Austen Alloy wheels, sport side skirts, an integrated rear spoiler, Clark plaid upholstery, ambient door trim accent lighting, heated front seats, LED foglights and driving mode selection.

Want to know more about your full trim options for these two models? Stop by New Century Volkswagen or schedule a test drive online and we’d be happy to give you a full breakdown.

2016 Volkswagen Golf Front End
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Honeycomb Grille
2016 Volkswagen Golf Interior with leatherette
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clark Plaid Seats

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