2019 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Volkswagen Golf*

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI*

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI

2020 Volkswagen Golf


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI



Trim Levels

28 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

24 mpg city / 32 mpg hwy
1.4L Turbo


2.0L Turbo
147 hp


228 hp
184 lb-ft


258 lb-ft

The Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI

For those drivers interested in the unique style and quality Volkswagen is known for, the recent interest in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is no surprise. Rigorous power and definitive efficiency pair up in a compact capable of far beyond its small size on any Chicago street. When looking into this exceptional four-door for a new Volkswagen Golf lease or loan, many also investigate the upgrade to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. At Mike Haggerty Volkswagen, we compare the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI to help you decide whether you prefer a 2020 model, a used VW Golf or a used Volkswagen Golf GTI to make the most of your budget.

Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Performance and Efficiency

One of the main issues that separates the VW Golf and the Golf GTI is their standard engines and performance systems. While the Volkswagen Golf wields significant power up to 184 lb-ft torque thanks to a compact, efficient 1.4L turbo engine, the VW Golf GTI delivers an impressive 228 horsepower for maximum agility in a small package. See below for the complete specs:

Volkswagen Golf

  • 1.4L Turbo standard engine
  • 147 horsepower
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  • 29 / 37 city/highway mpg split

Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • 2.0L Turbo standard engine
  • 228 horsepower
  • 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 24 / 32 city/highway mpg split

The Volkswagen GTI also comes with significant standard upgrades for its performance systems such as the ability to select between driving modes and VAQ limited-slip front differential lock to enhance traction and handling anywhere, from Orland Park all the way to the coast, and beyond.

Volkswagen Golf vs GTI: Pricing and Trim Levels

While for some Countryside drivers, performance is everything, the differences revealed in the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI comparison don’t end in the engine block. Another significant divide between these two four-doors is the starting price. Check out your options below:

Volkswagen Golf

  • The 2020 VW Golf TSI: $21,395

Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • 2020 VW Golf GTI S: $28,595
  • 2020 VW Golf GTI SE: $32,195
  • 2020 VW Golf GTI Autobahn: $36,495

With the Volkswagen Golf GTI you have the option of real upgrades across all aspects of this exhilarating car, including a panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), DCC® adaptive chassis control, and 8″ touchscreen navigation system in the Autobahn trim. If you prefer the dynamic options of the trims available in the GTI lineup, but are looking for a less expensive option, consider the range of used Volkswagen Golf GTI models in Oak Lawn. Or, for a more affordable option for the standard power and features, take a look at the Volkswagen Golf lease options and specials at Mike Haggerty Volkswagen.

Discover the Volkswagen Golf at Mike Haggerty Volkswagen

When you visit Oak Lawn to make the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI comparison first-hand, you’ll also have access to our dedicated service experts and staff to answer any further questions you may have about what sets these vehicles apart. At Mike Haggerty Volkswagen, we’re ready to help you find your Volkswagen Golf lease with one of our Zero-Down Lease Offers, or look through our wide range of pre-owned vehicles for a used Volkswagen GTI. Our specialists are ready to help you explore questions like the best mileage for a used car and more as you look for the right vehicle! Your VW adventure awaits! In the meantime, you can also compare the Jetta vs. Passat.

*2019 Model Shown

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