Is Golf R or the Passat GT the Better VW Performance Model?

September 4th, 2018 by

2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

While the Volkswagen Arteon will be hitting the market very soon, right now there are only 2 performance-centered VW models on the market. Those would be the 2018 VW Golf R performance hatchback and the GT performance trim of the 2018 VW Passat sedan. If you’re looking to drive a powerful Volkswagen model, which is the right choice for you? We’ll detail all the differences for you today to make that choice easier. It’s the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT!

2018 VW Golf R and 2018 VW Passat GT Comparison

Model Trim2018 Volkswagen Golf R2018 Volkswagen Passat GT
Baseline Engine 2L Inline 4 3.6L V6
Horsepower 292280
Torque (lb-ft) 280 258
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automated Manual
Standard Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 2422
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 14.518.5
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 52.715.9
Seating Capacity 55
Starting MSRP $39,785$29,145

One look at the table above and we can see that the 2018 VW Golf R and the 2018 VW Passat GT are very different. More than that, there isn’t a clear winner as each model has many distinct advantages over the other.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R has a lighter engine but more power, a better fuel economy rating, and far more cargo capacity with its hatchback build.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT has a more spacious cabin, a more stylish exterior, a bigger fuel tank capacity, and, its biggest win, a far cheaper starting price.

So, which Volkswagen performance-focused model is the one that speaks most to you?

Test Drive a VW Performance Model in Philadelphia, PA

Want to test drive a VW Golf or VW Passat model? Viewable in our online inventory, we have a 2018 Passat GT model currently stock and available for a test drive and/or purchase. If you’re in need of any additional information, please call or visit us here at VW of Salem County. Located in Monroeville, New Jersey, the VW of Salem County dealership is a short drive down to North Jersey from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.