2017 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Volkswagen Golf


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Both critics and consumers agree the Volkswagen Golf is a fine choice. You may be wondering how it compares to its sportier sibling: Golf GTI. No matter which one you choose, you can expect great pricing, performance, and fuel economy, but there are some differences to note before you make your purchase. Timmons Volkswagen of Long Beach has done the legwork for you. Look below to compare the Golf vs. Golf TI for yourself!


The Volkswagen Golf offers an affordable trim level for drivers of all stripes. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Golf Sedans’ price by trim:

New Golf

  • 2017 VW Golf S: $19,895 starting MSRP
  • 2017 VW Golf Wolfsburg: $21,595 starting MSRP

New Golf GTI

  • 2017 VW Golf GTI S: $25,595 starting MSRP
  • 2017 VW Golf GTI Sport: $27,995 starting MSRP
  • 2017 VW Golf GTI SE: $30,890 starting MSRP
  • 2017 VW Golf GTI Autobahn: $34,095 starting MSRP
2017 Volkswagen Golf


The VW Golf and Golf GTI rest comfortably within the same price bracket. So, how do they perform? Look below to compare their capabilities:

  • Engine: The Golf comes with a 170-hp 1.8T 4-cylinder TSI engine, while the Golf GTI is powered by two versions of a 2.0T 4-cylinder TSI engine.
  • Specs: Capable of 170 hp, the Golf delivers a blend of practical power and efficiency. Opt for the Golf GTI, and you can expect 210 to 220 hp.
  • Transmissions: The Golf features a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic and Sport Mode, while the Golf GTI gets a 6-speed manual or automatic.
  • Features: As the more athletic rendition of this classic sedan, the Golf GTI gets a few performance packages and features not found on the standard Golf, such as a VAQ differential, upgraded brakes, and DCC adaptive chassis control.
2017 Volkswagen Golf


With its standard 1.8T engine and manual transmission, the VW Golf earns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway rating. Surprisingly, the Golf GTI isn’t too far behind. With its 220-hp 2.0L engine and manual transmission, it earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway rating. So, if your priority is fuel economy, the Golf fits the bill. If you can take or leave a few miles per gallon for more performance features, the Golf GTI is a solid option.

2017 Volkswagen Golf

Test Drive One or Both in Long Beach!

Stop by Timmons Volkswagen of Long Beach to compare the Golf vs. Golf GTI, or put it up against other worthy VW models like the Passat. If you have questions about our new and pre-owned Golf Sedans, or wish to apply for financing, contact us online or by phone at (855) 832-3136. Our sales department is available every day of the week!

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