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2020 BMW 230 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2020 BMW 230

2020 BMW
230

MSRP*: $35,300 to $37,300
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $33,330 to $35,190 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 21 - 24 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.8 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 248 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 174.7 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 69.8 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf GTI than the BMW 230, due to its greater head- and legroom. The BMW 230 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW 230 as you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The BMW 230 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW 230 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW 230 is a little narrower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the BMW 230, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The BMW 230 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW 230 is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the BMW 230 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
The BMW 230 has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making the Volkswagen Golf GTI the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW 230 has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The BMW 230 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.