The 2019 Volkswagen Golf vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

When you’ve decided that you’re interested in a sporty hatchback, you may find yourself stuck deciding between the 2019 Volkswagen Golf vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI. Both vehicles have their similarities, but there’s a few differences to take note of to find out which one is the right set of wheels for your trips around Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano. At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we’re here to help you decide!

Keep reading our VW Golf vs. VW Golf GTI comparison to find out how these impressive vehicles differ, and which one is better suited for your travels!

2019 VW Golf vs VW Golf GTI: Engine Specs & Performance

The Volkswagen Golf is outfitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine. The VW Golf GTI includes a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI® engine. Both engines come paired with respective 6-speed manual transmissions. In terms of power, the VW Golf can produce 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The VW Golf GTI, on the other hand, elevates the performance to the next level by delivering 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Style & Design

Despite being the same frame and body style, there’s a few notable differences between the VW Golf vs. VW Golf GTI. The VW Golf GTI includes some more performance-based style and components. The more noticeable of these are the red brake calipers. However, from behind the wheel it’s easy to get a feel for the sport suspension. The VW Golf doesn’t include the sporty components found on the VW Golf GTI, but it certainly is the starting point for the other’s style and appearance.

Driver-Assistance Technology

While the VW Golf GTI offers a more sporty performance and style, the VW Golf offers some added comforts in the form of driver-assistance technology features. These features utilize exterior-mounted sensors that are used to measure the speed of the vehicle and its distance from the object ahead.

The Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking work together to detect an object in the vehicle’s path that could potentially result in a collision. The system then adds brake pressure to reduce the severity of impact as well as giving you a window to stop the vehicle completely. The included Blind Spot Monitor notifies you of a vehicle approaching your blind spot, so you can avoid a crash while changing lanes.

Choosing Your Next Car: 2019 VW Golf vs VW Golf GTI

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we hope that this Volkswagen Golf vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison helped you learn a bit more about these respective hatchbacks, what they offer, and of course—how they differ. But if you need more insight in order to make your decision, you can check out both up close and in-person at our dealership. You’ll tell which one is right for you simply by sitting behind the wheel!

Schedule your test drive with either or both vehicles at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We’re here to help drivers in Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano learn all about their options, so they can find the vehicle that’s right for them!