There are a number of factors people consider when searching for a quality used Volkswagen vehicle. Things like mileage, standard features, warranty coverage, and of course, probably the biggest factor: price.

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, it’s our goal to help drivers near Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach get behind the wheel of their perfect used vehicle at a price that fits their budget. To help make the process a little easier, we put together a detailed list of some of the best used cars under $20,000.  Continue reading to learn which vehicle might be the best choice for you.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Sharp design both inside and out, the 2016 VW Golf GTI is an incredibly versatile hatchback that comes with loads of tech and a performance style that you’ll find to be both nimble and just plainly, fun to drive.

VW Golf GTI Performance

The VW Golf GTI comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that provides up to 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Drivers have the option of either a six-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic transmission that, when partnered with its available performance package, increases output to 220 horsepower and can reach zero to 60 MPH in 6.1 seconds.

Its front-wheel drivetrain also comes with an available Driving Mode Selection feature that includes: Normal, Sport, Comfort, or Individual modes that tailors the engine’s responsiveness to changing road conditions.

Interior Design & Tech

Available in either a two-door or four-door hatchback style, the cabin comfortably fits up to five adult passengers with 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. Behind the rear seat, you’ll find an outstanding 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which outperforms most large sedan models. Fold down the 60/40 split-folding rear seat and the cargo volume increases to an impressive 52.7 cubic feet.

Staying connected on the road couldn’t be easier in the VW Golf GTI. Every 2016 VW GTI includes a suite of tech features, including: a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, VW Car-Net® App-Connect, Bluetooth® phone and audio, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which help you easily connect to your favorite music and streaming services. 

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Active Safety

The VW Golf GTI provides a number of standard safety features like a back-up camera along with a Driver Assistance Package, which includes:  Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Distance Control, and Parking Steering Assistant

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Reliability and safety are at the heart of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta ,but don’t for a second believe those are the only things that make this performance sedan special. A spaciously designed interior and available turbocharged engine makes for an exceptionally comfortable and exciting ride.

VW Jetta Performance

The 2015 VW Jetta base and S trim levels come with 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engines that provide up to 115 horsepower with 125 lb-ft of torque. The SE and SEL trims are loaded with a stronger 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine that produces up to 170 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque.

You have the option of either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. You also have the choice of going with either a diesel engine with the TDI trim or a newer hybrid option.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Design and Tech

You’ll find plenty of room both in the front and rear seating areas that easily fit up to five adults with 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. The trunk provides 15.5 cubic feet of space, which outsizes a number of its rival sedans and can significantly be increased when the 60/40 split-rear folding backseat is lowered—perfect for loading up the weeks’ worth of groceries or for a weekend camping trip up the coast.

The 2015 VW Jetta has a simple, functional dashboard and its controls come with a number of upgraded tech features, including: VW Car-Net® App-Connect, Bluetooth® phone and audio, iPhone and iPod compatibility, and an available Fender® premium audio system.

Active Safety

The VW Jetta provides a number of standard and available safety features to help keep you out of harm’s way, including: Traction and Stability Control, VW Car-Net® telematics with crash notification and roadside assistance feature, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Forward Collision Warning.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Compact SUVs are the perfect vehicle for those in search of a little more added space and durability, while still offering an outstandingly agile ride. The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan accomplishes all that and more; it perfectly bridges the gap between standard and upscale design and performance.

2015 VW Tiguan Performance

The VW Tiguan comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged engine that produces up to 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the option of a front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain, the VW Tiguan offers drivers a sporty and responsive driving experience.

Speaking of all-wheel-drive, the 2015 VW Tiguan has 4MOTION®; a great feature for those looking to take their compact SUV off the beaten path. The system is designed to evenly transfer torque among all four wheels, providing power where and when you need it most.

Interior Design and Tech

Increased space is one of the main reasons drivers choose a compact SUV, and the VW Tiguan delivers with 119.2 cubic feet of interior volume. Combine this with 56.1 cubic feet of max cargo capacity, and you’ll have no problem doing things like shuttling the JV basketball team across town or loading up the family for a day at the beach.

Speaking of family road trips, the VW Tiguan provides a number of great tech features to please the entire family, including: a 5-inch touchscreen display, VW Car-Net® App-Connect, Bluetooth® phone and audio, along with auxiliary audio input and USB ports throughout the cabin to connect all your smartphone and tablet devices.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Active Safety

The 2015 VW Tiguan is designed to provide the most advanced safety features to help keep you and your family safer while on the road. Standard and available active safety features include: Traction and Stability Control, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, Post-Collision Safety System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and more.

Test Drive a Used Car Under $20,000 Today

No matter which used car under $20,000 you choose, Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine is committed to helping you get behind the wheel of the vehicle that’s best for you.

If you’re a driver near Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach ready to take a closer look, stop by our convenient location or schedule a test drive today!