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Compare 2016 VW Golf vs Golf GTI | Stamford, CT

Serving Stamford, CT, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Darien, and New Canaan

The Volkswagen Golf has always been known for its practical design. Equipped with more high-tech features than ever before, the 2016 Golf will appeal to the commuters who need a versatile driving machine. Aside from its attractive price tag, the popular hatchback also delivers impressive gas mileage. Families will surely appreciate the Golf top-rated safety scores.

While the regular Golf is fun to drive, the GTI model brings a bit more performance to the table. The GTI roomy interior makes it a great alternative to a traditional sports car. Here is how the 2016 VW Golf compares to the new Golf GTI.

2016 VW Golf 1.8T 2-Door


2016 VW Golf GTI 2.0T 2-Door


Starting MSRP


25 city / 37 hwy mpg**

Fuel Economy

25 city / 34 hwy mpg**

1.8L inline four cylinder

Standard Engine:

2.0L inline four cylinder

170 hp


210 hp

200 lb-ft


258 lb-ft

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The Volkswagen Golf now comes standard with a strong turbocharged engine. With a total output of 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, the 1.8-liter engine enables the Golf to accelerate quickly. The extra torque definitely helps when cruising around town. Meanwhile, the GTI larger 2.0-liter engine develops 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

Although the GTI is quicker and sportier, the regular Golf will still put a smile on your face. According to Edmunds, the Golf feels more powerful than a lot of its competitors. Both hatchbacks can be equipped with either a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, the Golf 37-mpg highway rating is just a tad higher than the GTI 35 mpg rating. While the standard Golf is great for the people who are looking to have fun on a tight budget, the GTI is more of a high-performance driving machine.

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The Golf refined appearance will definitely cause onlookers to take notice. While the new Golf has a modern design, its beloved shape remains unchanged. The hatchback's ageless styling will help keep it relevant for many years to come. A few of the cool paint colors include Night Blue, Tornado Red, and Platinum Gray. Despite the numerous similarities between the two models, the GTI has a more aggressive look. Not only does the GTI feature a sporty body kit, but it also comes equipped with a special set of wheels.


If you are looking for a safe ride, the 2016 VW Golf will not leave you disappointed. Volkswagen built the Golf chassis to provide the maximum level of crash protection. Not only did the hatchback earn a five-star safety rating, but it also comes standard with a post-crash braking system. The optional Driver Assistance package supplies you with several high-tech driving aids, including blind-spot monitoring and a forward collision warning system. Although the Golf GTI offers the same safety technology, it does come equipped with a slightly stronger braking system.

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Both the standard Golf and the Golf GTI have a lot to offer. Like the regular Golf, the high-performance GTI is loaded with plenty of nice features. To find out which version of the Golf fits you the best, visit your local VW dealer to take a test drive.


*MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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