What’s the difference between the Golf GTI and the Golf?

November 16th, 2015 by

GTI and Golf

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf

Different drivers look for different things out of their vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a powerhouse to pull you down the highway, or a gasoline sipper to take you where you need to go for the least amount of cash, there’s a Golf model for you. Performance, capability and efficiency are where two of Volkswagen’s similar models differ. On the outside, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the 2016 Volkswagen Golf may look like the same car, but what sits under their hoods makes all the difference in the world.

Once you get behind the wheel of these hatchbacks, the differences couldn’t be more obvious. To get an idea of how the two models differ, take a look at this chart, examining the capability, efficiency and affordability of both models.

2016 Golf GTI vs 2016 Golf
2.0-liter I-4 Engine 1.8-liter I-4
210 / 258 lb.-ft. Horsepower / Torque 170 / 184 lb.-ft.
34 MPG Hwy MPG 37 MPG
$24,995 MSRP $18,495
*Comparison examines the 2016 Golf GTI S and 2016 Golf TSI

A model for every driver

GolfAs you can see, both models have their own specialty. For drivers looking to save not only at the dealership, but at the gas station as well, the original 2016 Volkswagen Golf would likely be a better fit. It’s more conservative with its fuel consumption making it the overall more affordable choice. On the other hand, the Golf GTI model prioritizes power and performance.  While the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI may have a higher price tag, but it also comes with additional premium features including upgraded upholstery and Satellite radio.

Whether you’re looking for an exhilarating ride or want a fuel-saving family vehicle, we’ve got them here at Island VW. Feel free to check out the models available in our inventory!


2016 Golf GTI in our inventory 2016 Golf in our inventory

Similar exterior styling

GTIEven with the differences under the hood, it may be hard for some to tell the difference between these vehicles. They both offer very similar styling, so if you’re looking for a comfortable, spacious hatchback, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Both also come with a variety of different convenience and entertainment features designed to give you a more enjoyable and safe driving experience. This includes great additions like a first row LCD monitor, remote keyless entry and more.

You can also find the models available in some of the same colors, however certain colors are unique to each model.

2016 Golf GTI Color Options

  •        Reflex Silver Metallic
  •        Night Blue Metallic
  •        Deep Black Pearl
  •        Pure White
  •        Carbon Steel Metallic
  •        Tornado Red

2016 Golf TSI Color Options

  •        Night Blue Metallic
  •        Tungsten Silver
  •        Black
  •        Pure White
  •        Tornado Red
  •        Platinum Gray Metallic
  •        Silk Blue Metallic

New models at Island Volkswagen

If you’d like to do a direct comparison yourself, feel free to stop by our dealership to see both models in person. If you like, we’ll be happy to take you out for a test drive so you can experience both vehicles for yourself to help you decide which is right for you.

To get started, simply contact us to schedule an appointment for a test drive.

Which model do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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