2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Trim Comparison: S vs SE vs Autobahn
The Golf GTI is original hot hatch. Produced back in ’76, two years after the release of the very first Golf model, the GTI line has been defining performance hatchbacks ever since. But that was then. How does the 2020 Golf GTI measure up in today’s standards?
Today, we’ll be comparing all the trims of the 2020 Golf GTI. Take a look below to see the differences between the S, SE, and Autobahn models.
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Each 2020 Golf GTI has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Each trim comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG) is available. FWD is the only drivetrain.
The Golf GTI S is an excellent entry level hot hatch. It has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirror Link, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a USB-C port. It also comes with numerous safety and driver assistive features, including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera.
The Golf GTI SE turns the comfort and convenience up a notch. The SE upgrades from cloth upholstery to genuine leather. It also gets a moonroof. The 6.5-inch touchscreen is replaced a with a larger 8-inch one. A traditional USB port is added, as are satellite and HD radio. Proximity keyless entry and push-button start are also standard.
The Golf GTI Autobahn improves the already-great driving experience. The DCC® adaptive chassis control and sport suspension combine for an unbelievably smooth ride. The GTI also gets adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and front and rear parking sensors. In the cabin, you’ll get integrated navigation, a premium Fender audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
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