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Volkswagen Golf


Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI


Starting MSRP


Trim Levels

1.4L Turbo


2.0L Turbo
147 hp


228 hp
184 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
28 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy

EPA-Estimated MPG

24 mpg city / 32 mpg hwy

Both the 2020 Volkswagen Golf and the VW Golf GTI hatchbacks are popular with Chicago drivers for their feature-packed cabins and spirited driving dynamics. Still, there are a few differences to keep in mind as you decide which is the best match for your driving preferences and budget. Keep reading to compare Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI pricing, tech features, and more with Jennings Volkswagen. Then browse our 2020 inventory to explore our Volkswagen Golf lease and finance deals!

Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Price

If you’re deciding between a Golf GTI and a Volkswagen Golf, lease or finance payments are probably your first consideration. The fuel-efficient VW Golf starts at $21,395, compared to $28,595 for the performance-minded Golf GTI. Here’s a look at the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI price across the trim lineups:

  • 2020 VW Golf Price by Trim
    • Golf TSI Price — MSRP $21,395
  • 2020 VW Golf GTI Price by Trim
    • VW Golf GTI S Price — MSRP $28,595
    • VW Golf GTI SE Price –MSRP $32,195
    • VW Golf GTI Autobahn Price — MSRP $36,495

Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Performance Specs

The VW Golf is available in a single trim, the Golf TSI. The turbocharged TSI engine is great at conserving fuel, whether you’re hitting the highway for your Northbrook commute or inching through rush hour traffic in downtown Park Ridge. The Golf GTI comes standard with a 228-hp turbo 4-cylinder engine, and performance-minded features like selectable driving modes let you fine-tune the GTI driving dynamics. As you can see from the specs, the Golf GTI base engine is more powerful, while the Golf engine offers better efficiency:

  • VW Golf Base Engine: 1.4L Turbo
    • 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque
    • 28 city / 36 highway mpg
  • VW Golf GTI Base Engine: 2.0L Turbo
    • 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque
    • 24 city / 32 highway mpg

If a new Golf GTI is out of your price range, harness those 228 horses with a used Volkswagen Golf GTI instead! Certified pre-owned models are in guaranteed like-new condition and have passed a 100+ point inspection by VW technicians.

Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Interior Features

Whether you choose the Golf GTI or Golf, you’ll have everything you need to stay safe and keep connected. Both models offer the following interior features standard:

  • Heated front seats
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • VW Car-Net® Hotspot
  • 60/40-split back seats
  • VW Car-Net Remote Access
  • Blind Spot Monitor & Front Assist
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Keyless access with push-button start

Upgrade options include the VW Digital Cockpit, which gives you access to navigation, safety systems, and more via a high resolution 12.3-inch touch screen. Plus, any CPO used Volkswagen Golf GTI or Golf will include many of the same features at a lower price tag.

Find a Volkswagen Golf Lease or Finance Offer in Glenview

Browse our inventory to find the perfect new or used Volkswagen Golf GTI on our lot, and then get in touch with your questions about auto leasing and financing. The team at Jennings Volkswagen is happy to guide you through the car buying process! Connect with us to explore leasing with bad credit, financing down payments, and much more.

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