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2020 BMW 230 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

New 2020 BMW 230

2020 BMW
230

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$35,300 to $37,300
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$28,595 to $36,495
Invoice* $33,330 to $35,190 $27,452 to $35,034
MPG - City 21 - 24 24
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 4 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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.

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

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.

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.