2016 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

While the 2016 Volkswagen Golf and the 2016 Golf GTI have similar names, they are two different models with some obvious distinctions, so we put together a comparison of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI to help you better understand which vehicle might work best for your needs.

Both  the Golf and the Golf GTI are equipped with a number of driver assistance features, such as Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, and Park Assist. Both vehicles also have a 6.5” touchscreen with the VW Car-Net® App-Connect System for smartphones to help keep you entertained and focused on the road. Both offer 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with adjustable cargo floors and folding rear seats. 

The Golf is the more affordable of the two vehicles, starting at $19,315 while the Golf GTI is slightly more expensive, starting at $25,815. Continue reading to see how these vehicles differ from one another and find out which one is your dream Volkswagen.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
MSRP $25,815
1.8L Engine 2.0L
25/37 MPG Fuel Economy 25/34 MPG
170hp Horsepower


2016 Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI Fuel Economy and Power Specs

The Golf has a slightly smaller engine with a 1.8L, while the Golf GTI sports a 2.0L. If you are looking for a vehicle with a little more horsepower, the Golf GTI is the better choice with 210 horsepower. However, if horsepower isn’t necessarily a priority of yours, the difference in horsepower between the two vehicles is small enough, with the Golf having 170 horsepower.

As for fuel economy, the vehicles are matched in their city MPG at 25, while the Golf has a slight advantage with 37 highway MPG, versus the Golf GTI’s 34 highway MPG.

Still can’t decide which vehicle is right for you?

Schedule a test drive in the Golf or Golf GTI with Folsom Lake Volkswagen today!

Interior of Golf touchscreen
Exterior of Golf with Driver
Full interior of Golf GTI
Golf GTI driving in city landscape