Volkswagen Golf GTI Trim Levels

If you’re in the market for a performance-driven hatchback with turbocharged power, supreme style, and the latest in-car tech, the Volkswagen Golf GTI undeniably fits the bill.

To help our local hatch seekers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach choose the Volkswagen Golf GTI that will best suit their needs, Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine has put together the following trim level review.

Volkswagen Golf GTI: Model Recap

Let’s get started with a quick recap of what comes standard on every Volkswagen Golf GTI trim: exceptional performance from a 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged engine that produces 210 horsepower. Plus all GTI trims are eligible to receive a 10-count horsepower boost, beefed-up brakes, and a special limited slip front differential with the available Performance Package.

Each trim—S, SE, and Autobahn—is available in two-door and four-door configurations. Both versions seat five and feature a 60/40 split fold and a center pass-through, so you can divvy up where you put people, pets, and cargo or fold it all away to take advantage of the Volkswagen Golf GTI hatch’s total cargo capacity of 52.7 cubic feet.

Volkswagen Golf GTI S

Exterior: The outer VW Golf GTI S is purposefully equipped while conveying its signature athletic aesthetic. LED fog lights light the way, a sporty rear spoiler gives it an aerodynamic edge, and heated side mirrors make foggy blind spot checks a thing of the past.

Interior: Plaid cloth seats with heating function, a leather-wrapped wheel that tilts and telescopes, and a chillable glove box (all standard): The inner Volkswagen Golf GTI S screams performance luxury.

Media and Tech: This model year brought a number of technology upgrades to the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s trims. S-level buyers get a brand new infotainment system that takes the center dash. It operates from a striking 6.5-inch touchscreen and includes smartphone integration through Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™.

Check out these additional features that are standard on the entry-level trim:

  • Bluetooth® phone and audio
  • Rearview camera
  • VW Car-Net® telematics
  • Satellite and HD Radio®

Volkswagen Golf GTI SE

The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s middle trim, the SE, adds several upscale convenience features to the S’s already long list of standards. 

Hatches Have More Fun: The SE’s standard sunroof allows you to dial up the fun factor in your Volkswagen Golf GTI and truly soak in southern California’s gorgeous weather. SE buyers will enjoy the SE’s sixth sense when dusk hits or a rain storm moves in with automatic headlights and wipers. And keyless ignition and entry streamlines your time in the driveway for quicker takeoffs.

Let’s not forget that the SE also marks the trim that brings in all-leather seating.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn

Imagine your Volkswagen Golf GTI hurdling down Germany’s most famed high-speed freeway. Then the top Autobahn trim is for you.

Elite Comfort and Convenience: The Autobahn trim brings in a savvy navigation system to act as your personal map, assistant, and guide, ensuring that you take the fastest route to wherever you decide to venture next. Plus Autobahn driver’s seats are 10-way power adjustable, allowing you to find the perfect race stance.

The Autobahn also features dual-zone automatic climate control to provide optimal comfort for the driver and passenger up front and riders in the back.

Driver Assistance Package: SE and Autobahn trims are eligible to add on the Driver Assistance Package, which includes numerous cutting-edge, safety-focused technologies that help you park, stop, switch lanes, and be more aware of your surroundings. A few include:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automated parallel parking

Test Drive Your Chosen Volkswagen Golf GTI Trim

We hope our overview of the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s trim levels helped you select the one that’s most you! Now all that’s left to do is take your hot hatch pick for a spin.

Head to Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine to make it happen. You can even pick out the Volkswagen Golf GTI from our inventory you’d like to try out and schedule your test drive ahead of time online.

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