What's the difference between the Golf and Golf GTI? 

2018 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf GTI on Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 6:06 pm
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The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular hatchback cars on the market today. It comes with Volkswagen’s brand of reliability and efficiency and it is one of the most practical vehicles in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf GTI is a variant model, but what makes it different? Keep reading to find out. 

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What’s the difference between the Golf and Golf GTI? 

Truly speaking, the only notable changes made to the GTI as opposed to the standard Golf lay within the performance specs. The GTI features a much more powerful engine without losing much at all in terms of fuel economy. The standard Golf comes with a 1.8-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. That’s not so bad, right? It’s not bad at all. And it averages up to 34 highway MPG. If you are one that wants some more speed and power though, the GTI might be for you. A larger, 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine is under the GTI’s hood and it is powered by 220 horses. Even so, it still gets up to 33 MPG on the highway. Of course, the respective costs of the cars is also different. The Golf starts at an MSRP of just $20,910 whereas the GTI comes in at $26,415.

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red volkswagen golf gti in front of skyline

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2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI features 

We meant it when we said that the engine option is the only discernible difference between these cars. Standard features found in both cars include glass touchscreen displays, keyless access, Bluetooth audio streaming, VW Car-Net infotainment, automatic post-collision braking, and more. Each model has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and is secured by all-steel safety cages complete with front and rear crumple zones. Both the Golf and Golf GTI also offer unique senses of style not seen in any other Volkswagen vehicle. 

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