2021 Volkswagen Golf Vs Golf GTI Comparison

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2021 Golf GTI


Starting MSRP

1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder


2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway

City/Highway MPG

EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway

VW Car-Net® App-Connect


Interior Upholstery

Clark Plaid Cloth

Looking for a new hatchback that can take your Arlington commute to the next level? You will find two outstanding options from Volkswagen right here at Alexandria Volkswagen. How can you narrow down your decision to just one? Compare the Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI to see which configuration best suits your driving needs and budget.

Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI: Price & Engine Options

Compare the Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI in terms of performance, and you will see that the Golf GTI stands out as the more powerful option on Washington DC roads. However if fuel economy is a top priority, the Golf is the more efficient of the two. Explore the performance specs of each model below:

2021 Volkswagen Golf:

  • 147-hp 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that creates 184 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway rating

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI:

  • 228-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine that creates 258 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway rating

Cabin Design and Features

Now that you know a little more about how the two compare when it comes to performance, you may be wondering about the interior. The Golf and the Golf GTI share some similarities, including App-Connect, heated front seats, and front seats with adjustable lumbar support, but the Volkswagen Golf GTI offers a few unique touches that do not come standard on the Golf.

  • Clark Plaid cloth upholstery
  • Illuminated front door sills and interior ambient lighting

When looking at passenger and cargo volume, the Golf and the Golf GTI share the same dimensions. Both offer 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Compare the Golf vs. Golf GTI Today

The best way to compare the Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI is to take both for a test drive on Alexandria roads with Alexandria Volkswagen. While the Golf GTI is more powerful and has its own distinctive style, the Golf is more efficient and affordable. If you have any questions about financing or a Volkswagen Golf lease, you can contact us at any time for more information. If you are interested in a used Volkswagen Golf GTI, we can help you find a pre-owned model that checks all the boxes on your wishlist.

*Ask your dealer if this vehicle meets the emissions requirements of the state in which you are registering the vehicle. Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.

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