The new Volkswagen Golf is an iconic Volkswagen hatchback known for its fun driving dynamics and spacious cabin. The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is a variant of the popular Golf hatchback but delivers sportier performance and offers options that you can't get on the standard Golf model. To help you decide on which one's right for you, Volkswagen of Downtown L.A. is breaking down the differences between these two fan-favorite Volkswagen hatchbacks.


Powering the new Volkswagen Golf is a peppy 147-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has no trouble getting this car up to speed in a hurry. Under the hood of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI is an even more energetic turbocharged engine that's rated for an impressive 228 horsepower. And while the Golf GTI delivers more power, it falls behind in gas mileage when compared to the Volkswagen Golf.

Interior Options

Both vehicles showcase roomy cabins outfitted with a long list of standard tech features. However, these vehicles differ in available options. The Volkswagen Golf GTI offers optional enhancements like a larger, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a navigation system. You can even increase style in the Golf GTI by opting for the available leather upholstery. Unfortunately, these options aren't available on the Volkswagen Golf.

There's no doubt that you'll be pleased driving either the Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Golf GTI. But if you're interested in more athleticism and power, you may want to go with the new Golf GTI since it comes with several more performance features than the Volkswagen Golf. Another way to determine which model is right for you is by scheduling a test drive at Volkswagen of Downtown L.A. today. While you're here, our team can answer any questions you have to help you decide.

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