2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf


2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Starting MSRP

1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder


2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway

City/Highway MPG

EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway

VW Car-Net® and App-Connect

Beige or Titan Black Cloth

Interior Upholstery

Clark Plaid Cloth

The VW Golf compact hatchback is a perennial favorite around Vineland thanks to its sleek styling, spacious trunk, and sporty handling. You may have noticed that Volkswagen offers a handful of different Golf models, including the Golf GTI. Not sure whether to go for that Volkswagen Golf lease deal, or whether the high-performance Golf GTI is a better fit? Read the head-to-head comparison below from Volkswagen of Salem County to find out! We’ll be taking a closer look at the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI engines, interior features, and more to help you make the call.



2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Engines

The Golf GTI is essentially an upgraded version of the Golf. For a higher starting price, it offers a 228-hp turbocharged engine and an array of deluxe interior features. So, which model can deliver the experience you’re looking for when you hit the road in Millville? First, we’ll explore the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI engines and performance specs side-by-side:

2021 Volkswagen Golf Engine

  • 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway rating
  • 6-speed transmission or 8-speed automatic transmission

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Engine

  • 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
  • 228-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway rating
  • 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode

Choosing between the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI has more to do with what you prioritize most on your daily drives in Washington Township. Looking for track-ready performance? The Golf GTI delivers higher horsepower and faster acceleration. If you’re looking for an efficient commuter car, opt for the Golf.

If price is the only thing stopping you from choosing the GTI, consider a used Volkswagen Golf GTI. Pre-owned models offer similar specs and most of the same features, but at a lower price than new models. You can also save when you purchase a new Golf at Volkswagen of Salem County with our Volkswagen Golf lease deals!

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Interior Features

Whether you choose a new GTI, a Volkswagen Golf lease, or a used Volkswagen Golf GTI — you can count on a long list of interior features for comfort and convenience on every drive. The Golf comes standard with equipment like App-Connect and VW Car-Net® intuitive user interfaces. The Golf and the Golf GTI have a lot in common inside the cabin, including features such as:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Composition Color Touchscreen with 6.5-inch display
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • Leather-wrapped Gear Shift Knob
  • Heated Front Seats

As we mentioned above, the GTI adds luxe interior appointments. These include:

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Illuminated Front Door Sills

Explore Volkswagen Golf Lease & Finance Options at Volkswagen of Salem County!

Ready to move forward with a Volkswagen Golf lease or finance deal? Our team is here to assist with every step of the car-buying process. Contact us to set up a test drive, or stop by our dealership in Monroeville to get behind the wheel of your favorite new or used Volkswagen Golf GTI today!


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