VW Golf vs VW Golf GTI

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

What is the Difference Between the VW Golf and VW Golf GTI?

The Volkswagen Golf family is some of the most economical fun-to-drive vehicles on the market today. The Golf’s hatchback body style provides drivers with a useful amount of cargo space and each one of the Golf family members offers qualities that make each one great in its own way. You may be wondering what is the difference between the VW Golf and VW Golf GTI? The largest difference between the two hatchbacks is what is under the hood. Keep reading to see more differences between the two.  

Golf vs Golf GTI Engine Specs

The main difference between the Golf and Golf GTI is the engine. Powering the Golf is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower while the Golf GTI gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 210 horsepower. The Golf GTI has an optional performance package that increases horsepower output to 220. Both hatchbacks are one of the quickest cars in its class with the 2016 Golf going from zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds and the 2016 Golf GTI reaching 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

2016 volkswagen golf interior steering wheel dashboard
2016 volkswagen golf GTI interior plaid cloth seats

See our chart of differences between the 2016 Golf and 2016 Golf GTI for more information on what features are found on each hatchback.

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There are slight differences between the VW Golf and VW Golf GTI and while each one offers dynamic and fun driving, the Golf GTI offers more performance driven specifications. Interested in the Golf or Golf GTI, check out the available Golf inventory at Hall Volkswagen and check out the other Golf family member the Golf SportWagen