2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Split screen images of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI offer a very similar build and the same passenger volume and cargo space specs so drivers will have no trouble hauling in either vehicle. What sets these two Volkswagen hatchbacks apart is where they put their focus. While the 2018 Golf was built for practicality and to cater to smaller budgets, the 2018 Golf GTI was built to offer a performance-focused variant with optimal handling and a fun-to-drive nature.

If you are just looking for a quality VW model with hauling versatility, we would suggest taking a closer look at the 2018 Volkswagen Golf. However, if you love to drive and want a little extra punch from the accelerator, we would recommend spending a little more up front for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Find some additional specs and engine option information below.

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

$20,910 Starting MSRP $26,415
25/34 Fuel Economy 25/33
1.8-Liter Inline Four-Cylinder Base Engine 2.0-Liter Inline Four-Cylinder
Yes People First Warranty Yes

Engine Options and Performance

Both the 2018 Volkswagen Golf and 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI offer one engine option with the choice between manual and automatic transmission. As you might expect, the 2018 Golf GTI engine is more powerful than the one found in the 2018 Golf and the 2018 Golf GTI also offers a few extra performance-boosting features.

Coming standard in all 2018 Volkswagen Golf models is a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque paired with a manual transmission. Adding the available automatic transmission will also bump up the torque rating. If a punchy engine is not something you are looking for, this engine will offer you plenty of power to perform basic driving functions like passing on the highway. It also offers a smooth ride even when bumps in the road are present.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Manual transmission is standard, and an automatic dual-clutch transmission is available. Upgraded brakes, an upgraded suspension system, and a limited slip differential are just some of the other available performance features found on the 2018 Golf GTI.

Car shoppers interested in reviewing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf and 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI models further can find additional research pages via the Baxter Volkswagen Westroads homepage under the research tab. Additionally, car shoppers are also welcome to visit the dealership to speak to a sales rep in person about which VW hatchback model is the right fit.