2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

When it comes to comparing Golf models, the choice is simple for some, but not so easy for others. It’s a bit like picking between a simple toaster vs one that can fit four slices, plus has special settings for bagels. Do you need all the extra features? In the end it’s up to you and your desires as a car owner, but just like with that toaster, you’re not likely to upgrade later down the road when you already have a car. So what are the main differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI?

The similarities between the models come down to the basic meat-and-bones of the vehicles, as they rest on the same platform and have the same hatchback body. Both are available for order as two-door or the four-door stock, with 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Tech features like standard App-Connect, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel are also the same, but when it comes to styling and powertrain figures, you'll start seeing some significant differences between these two popular options.

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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

Engine specs in the 2016 VW Golf vs Golf GTI

Though in many ways these vehicles are similar, sharing the same basic DNA, you're looking at two entirely different options when it comes to the powertrain. The standard Golf is well-equipped with a 170 horsepower 1.8-liter turbo four that provides ample power for most drivers. Then there are those who want just a bit more, and that's where the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes in. It not only has the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that packs a higher punch, but a six-speed manual transmission is a better option than the five-speed in the standard Golf, and the DSG is a silky-smooth upgrade. The front disc brakes are larger for the GTI, plus the optional Performance Package boosts performance further with 10 extra horsepower, larger front and rear disc brakes and the VAQ limited-slip differential.

When it comes to styling there are a number of differences between the models, though they may be subtle for those not familiar with the lineup. The first thing you’ll likely notice is the front end, with the GTI featuring slatted LED foglights, an aggressive honeycomb grille and bumper and a red line accent. The standard Golf has a slatted design that is simple and sleek with simple chrome coloring. Another big difference is the wheels, with the 15-inch Lyon wheels on the Golf and 18-inch Austen alloy wheels on the GTI.

If you’re curious about your full options, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Garnet Volkswagen or schedule a test drive online.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Honeycomb Grille
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clark Plaid Seats

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