Choosing between the 2016 VW Golf GTI vs Golf R
There are a variety of reasons people pick one car over another, but one of the most difficult decisions has to be made by those who are debating performance specs. If you’ve narrowed your way down to the VW brand, choosing between the 2016 VW Golf R vs Golf GTI is made more complicated by the fact that they share the same body. You can’t say one is too small compared to another, and the differences in style are mostly subtle.
|2016 VW Golf GTI||vs||2016 VW Golf R|
|210 hp||Base Horsepower||292 hp|
|258 lb-ft||Torque||280 lb-ft|
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As you can see in the chart above, and are probably well-versed on if this is a serious decision for you, the Golf R has much more impressive performance specs. Then again, it’s all a bit relative. Compared to the standard Golf, which only gets 170 horsepower, the 2016 VW Golf GTI is a powerhouse. It’s certainly no slouch and is an excellent option for those looking for a fun car for the daily drive. The Golf R, on the other hand, is more like a dream hatchback. It was designed for those seeking a performance model, and comes with 4Motion AWD and an XDS electronic differential lock to improve traction and prevent understeering.
While it’s true the AWD system is not available in the Golf GTI, the performance package does add on the VAQ front limited-slip differential and larger disc brakes, while also boosting the horsepower to 220hp. It’s still a compromise in comparison to the Golf R, but one you’re unlikely to regret unless you are looking for every advantage at the track. To put it all in perspective, the Golf GTI has a zero to 60 time of 5.7 seconds, while the Golf R achieves the same feat in just 4.9 seconds. Are you going to notice that when trying to pass someone on the highway? Maybe not.
If we haven’t made it clear, the main differences are going to be when it comes to performance, with the Golf R also getting premium features like Bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, 3-mode electronic stability control and keyless access with push-button start. For the extra cost, we would hope this would be the case.
Factoring in cost and performance, which model is the better deal? Drop us a comment below, and check back here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog for more Volkswagen news.