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


One of the best hatchbacks on the Sterling market is the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a sporty and fun drive. Many ask about the differences between the Golf and the slightly more deluxe Golf GTI. There are advantages to both, so Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles covers the 2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI comparison below. Check out Volkswagen Golf lease deals with us!

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Engines

The higher price on a Volkswagen Golf GTI lease or finance offer comes with some benefits. One of these has a more robust engine. However, Tysons Corner drivers who prioritize fuel economy should seriously consider the Golf:

2021 Volkswagen Golf Engine

  • 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 147 hp
  • 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 engine that creates 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 228-hp
  • 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

You can find similar specs on used Volkswagen Golf GTI models. Your choice in this area of the Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI depends upon your priorities as a Springfield driver, whether you want good fuel economy or the robust performance of the 2.0L Turbo. Another edition of the Golf is coming soon: the Golf R.

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. GTI: Interior

If you pursue a Volkswagen Golf lease, you’re getting a lot of great interior features. The standard equipment on the Golf includes App-Connect and VW Car-Net®,  a set of intuitive user interfaces for all connectivity needs on Alexandria roads. The Golf shares many standard features with the GTI including:

Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI Standard Interior Features: 

  • 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

The GTI interior includes more distinctive standard features, like its signature plaid upholstery that’s even on used Volkswagen Golf GTI models and more:

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

Test Drive the Golf and Golf GTI at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles!

At Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles, we’re happy to have both the Golf and the Golf GTI ready for you to test drive in Sterling! We’ve also got deals on used Volkswagen Golf GTI models. If you’re looking for a Volkswagen Golf lease, consult our car buying tips. And please contact us today to schedule a test drive on either of these hatchbacks. Curious about other Volkswagen vehicles? Compare the Volkswagen Jetta vs. Volkswagen Passat today to find out which Volkswagen belongs in your driveway!

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