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2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195
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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* $22,267 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 29 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 39 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 53.7 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 147 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 167.6 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 70.8 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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
The Volkswagen Golf offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Golf GTI with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Golf you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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). Based on MSRP, the Volkswagen Golf is clearly a better financial choice over 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 Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Volkswagen Golf is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. When looking at overall length, the Volkswagen Golf takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Volkswagen Golf 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 Volkswagen Golf is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Volkswagen Golf has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Volkswagen Golf as you will in the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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