Archive for the ‘Volkswagen GTI’ Category

Is it Worth it to Buy a Standard 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI over a 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

Monday, February 24th, 2020
The rear and side view of a white 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Difference Between the Standard 2020 Volkswagen Golf and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

When checking our lot of compact cars here at Folsom Lake Volkswagen, you may notice the multitude of 2019 Volkswagen Golf-types that we have.  You may find, say, the 2019 VW Golf GTI and wonder, “What’s the difference? It’s more expensive, but they have the same name!”  

To help you out, we decided to compare the two and give you a better idea of if it’s worth purchasing a 2019 VW Golf GTI or stick with the 2019 VW Golf.

The Difference in 2019 Volkswagen Golf Models is in the Engine

Volkswagen Golf


2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

1.4L 4-cylinder Turbo 6M Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder Turbo 6M
147 hp Power 228 hp
184 ft-lbs. Torque 258 ft-lbs.
32 combined MPG Fuel economy 27 combined MP

As you can see, the engine is perhaps the biggest difference between the two.  For those wanting additional power to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, look no further than the sporty engine found in the 2019 VW GTI.  With over 80 more horsepower in its 2.0-liter engine, the 2019 Golf GTI trades fuel economy for more power, making it a fun ride if you combine it with its sporty handling should you use the recommended premium unleaded fuel.  The model is great for those looking for an extra kick, but daily commuters may still enjoy the additional mileage the VW Golf has to offer.

The interior seat view of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Smaller Amenities Found in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Outside of the engine specifications, the 2019 VW Golf GTI has some upgraded creature comforts not otherwise offered.  One of those features is the standard heated front seats, which come in handy during those chillier evenings.  Also, it’s worth mentioning that the 2019 VW Golf GTI was given a Top Safety Pick Rating from the Institute for Highway Safety last year. Other unique features found at higher trim levels include:

  • Driver Navigation
  • Parking Assistance
  • Optional Adaptive Suspension

Any way you cut it, there are plenty of pros and cons to think about when deciding between the 2019 Volkswagen Golf and the 2019 VW Golf GTI.  Stop on in today at Folsom Lake Volkswagen to test one out and see which one is the best fit for your lifestyle!

Further Reading: 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Trim Level Comparison

How to Use Android Auto for Messaging in a Volkswagen Golf

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
silver volkswagen golf side view

Video guide to using Android Auto for text messages

Sometimes you are expecting an important message while you are driving, but it is more important to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Thankfully, you can still read your text message with Android Auto in your Volkswagen Golf vehicle. The video below will show you how to use Android Auto for messaging in a Volkswagen Golf.


2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Safety Rating

Saturday, June 1st, 2019
white volkswagen golf gti rear end

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has an award-winning safety rating

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI won an award in May 2019 for its incredible safety rating. Here at Folsom Lake Volkswagen, we are proud to sell Volkswagen vehicles that stand up to safety crash tests and keep passengers safe on the roads. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is available here, and our sales team can show you some of the award-winning safety features. For now, keep reading to learn about the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI safety rating.


Is the Golf R worth the extra cost over the GTI?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Black 2018 Golf GTI vs blue 2018 Golf R

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Golf R

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is something of a dream car for many enthusiasts because it’s one of the longest-running nameplates in the lineup and the first performance vehicle. Even if you weren’t driving back when it was first released, you might still find yourself eyeing it up. Except there’s one competitor that looks much the same, but offers more performance features. So which model is the right choice for you? In comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Golf R, we’re setting out to help you decide on price vs performance. (more…)

Top Volkswagen Golf GTI pictures from Instagram

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
2015 Golf GTI MK1 Golf GTI

When it comes to VDub enthusiasm, few vehicles hold as much weight as the Golf GTI. True, there are those who miss the hippie van days of the Microbus and the quirky appeal of the Volkswagen Beetle is still a strong contender. Still, performance is enough to light the fire in anyone’s heart. Seven generations of GTI models give us plenty to admire, but these are our top picks for Volkswagen Golf GTI pictures as seen on Instagram. (more…)

VW debuted what could be a road-ready VW Golf GTI TCR

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Golf GTI TCR Red and Gray

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Production

To be clear, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR isn’t a new vehicle name, in the sense that the model is an actual touring car. That is to say, a vehicle that is built for actual track racing, but based on a production vehicle. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR that could go into production for a wider audience is a road-ready concept model that has a capped speed of 155 mph, but can be increased to 164 mph by removing the electronic top-speed limiter. (more…)

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Engine Specs and Performance Information

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI on country road

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is about to hit dealerships anytime now and with it comes the pure, unadulterated power that can only found under the hood of a turbocharged hatchback. If you are interested in a Volkswagen Golf GTI but aren’t sure if you can handle all that get-up-and-go, take a look below as we explore its performance features and see if this hot hatch is right for you.


Good Housekeeping Names High-Performance Golf GTI the Best New Compact Car

Sunday, April 9th, 2017
2017 VW Golf GTI Good Housekeeping Best New Compact Car

2017 VW Golf GTI Good Housekeeping Best New Compact Car

There’s much to like about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, with its impressive performance, connectivity features, versatile design and a wide array of standard features. Good Housekeeping magazine agrees, for they gave the 2017 VW Golf GTI the Best New Car Award in the compact vehicle category.  (more…)

What’s the difference between the Golf and the GTI?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

For drivers looking for a versatile vehicle that’s great for both families and commuters alike, many find that the hatchback is able to meet all of their driving needs. In that case, Folsom Lake Volkswagen is really your best bet to find the hatchback that’s best for you. Volkswagen has a selection of hatchback models that may look similar, but offer very different driving experiences. Take a look at how the two top hatchbacks fare in this comparison. (more…)

2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs GTI

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs GTI

If you’re looking for power out of your Volkswagen vehicle, you’ve got a few options to choose from. Within the Golf family itself, there are two vehicles that offer an impressive amount of power while still managing to be fuel efficient and affordable. The Golf R and the GTI are the two most powerful Golf vehicles in the line and offer impressive power for hatchbacks. If you’re wondering which of these impressive Golf hatchbacks is right for you, we’ve taken the liberty of pitting the two against each other in this 2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs GTI comparison. (more…)