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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback has quite a following, but how do you know which is for you? We’re here to help weigh the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI so you can decide which is better for your Chicago drive. There’s no clear winner here — it all depends on what you need out of a new Volkswagen.

Price and Performance

The upgraded engine of the Golf GTI provides more power on the Orland Park streets, though if price is your top concern, the standard Golf may be more up your alley.

Volkswagen Golf

  • 170 hp, 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 lb-ft of torque
  • Available with a Tiptronic transmission (with Sport mode)
  • MSRP starting at $20,910 for the S trim

Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • 210 hp, 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard sport-tuned suspension with an optional DCC adaptive chassis control (choose from Normal, Sport, Comfort, or Individual modes)
  • MSRP starting at $26,415 for the S trim

Interior Features

Though both built on the Golf platform, the interiors of these two models are a bit different. Standard in both models is SiriusXM satellite radio,VW Car-Net App Connect, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

What sets the Golf GTI apart from the Golf are styling and convenience features like:

  • Plaid cloth upholstery
  • Heated front seating
  • Cooled glove box

Explore the Golf vs. Golf GTI Firsthand

When comparing the Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI, we’ve found that it all depends on what you expect from a car. If power is your priority, the GTI has a clear advantage, but the standard Volkswagen Golf offers value that’s tough to beat. It’s a decision you’ll have to make, but we can help. Contact Mike Haggerty Volkswagen today to learn more about either of these models or to schedule your test drive.

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