2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Though Volkswagen has a solid following, there are plenty of new drivers who may not be as familiar with the brand, or why they might opt for one vehicle over another. This issue is especially muddy when it comes to the Golf family, which continues to expand with vehicles that can have wildly different features, and price tags, despite looking relatively similar. To help those who aren’t in the know, we’re breaking down the main differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI. These two models are relatively close when it comes to pricing, but the standard Golf does have a lower starting price. The reasons for this are obvious, as it’s a model that competes against other entry-level cars, which means a simpler take on stylistic cues while having impressive cargo space thanks to the hatchback design. The Golf GTI, on the other hand, does have a price increase, but with it comes a much more potent engine and significant adjustments to its styling.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$20,175 MSRP $25,595
25/37 MPG 25/34
170hp Horsepower 210hp
184 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft

Should you drive the 2016 VW Golf or Golf GTI?

When it comes down to it, both the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the 2016 Volkswagen Golf are favorite among drivers and journalists alike. The Golf earns praise for its safety and driving dynamic and makes an excellent small car for families, commuters and shoppers on a budget. The Golf GTI adds on a 210 horsepower engine that makes it just a bit more fun to drive, and it has a performance package to boost the thrills further. Though the vehicles appear similar, details like a unique honeycomb grille, red grille accent, and unique GTI bumper help make it stand out from the standard Golf. The interior is likewise adjusted, with Clark Plaid seats, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with red accent stitches and red highlights throughout giving it a sportier aesthetic over the simple piano black and brushed metallic trim of the Golf.

Aside from performance and styling, the Golf and Golf GTI are similar vehicles in most of the ways that count to drivers. They both have 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space and can be ordered as two-door models or come stocked at Napleton Volkswagen Springfield as four-door options. Standard features in the 2016 Volkswagen Golf include heated side mirrors, VW-Car-Net App-Connect, a 6.5-inch touchscreen system, a rearview camera and a multi-function steering wheel. The Golf GTI has these features as well and adds on LED foglights, Driving Mode selection, ambient door trim accent lighting and heated front seats.

Still not sure which model is right for you? Stop by Napleton Volkswagen Springfield to take them both for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen Golf in Silk Blue Metallic Color Option
Front design of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2016 Volkswagen Golf premium leatherette upholstery option
Interior of 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI with Clark Plaid Seats

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