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Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. Volkswagen Golf

In comparing the Volkswagen Golf GTI to the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Volkswagen Golf GTI versus the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Golf is a better car than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Volkswagen Golf GTI versus Volkswagen Golf Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Volkswagen Golf GTI ranges from $26,588 to $34,995 while a used Volkswagen Golf from the same model year range is priced between $19,999 to $25,990. For a new model, the Volkswagen Golf GTI's price is between $29,879 and $41,276, with the Volkswagen Golf priced between $21,812 and $25,810.

Volkswagen Golf GTI versus Volkswagen Golf Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Volkswagen Golf GTI is 8.4 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Golf's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Volkswagen Golf GTI being ranked 9 out of 51 Best Small Cars and the Volkswagen Golf being ranked 5 out of 51.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s base engine makes 241 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf base engine makes 147 horsepower. The Golf GTI is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 422 miles. The Golf is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 515 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room and trunk space. The Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the area of rear leg room. The Volkswagen Golf GTI and Volkswagen Golf are comparable in regards to front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room and rear shoulder room.

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2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen Golf

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,879 - $41,276

Used Asking Price:

$26,588 - $34,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,812 - $25,810

Used Asking Price:

$19,999 - $25,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.3 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 51
9 / 51
18 / 51
24 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 51
5 / 51
5 / 51
13 / 51

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Autobahn, S, SE

Trim Levels

TSI

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

241 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.077 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

23 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 422 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 515 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

19.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

17.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

110.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3133 lbs

Width:

70.4 inches

Height:

57.6 inches

Length:

168.8 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2945 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

58.2 inches

Length:

167.6 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

205/55R16