How Much Does the Volkswagen GTI Cost

There are only two GTI trims. The base S trim starts at $28,595, 

and the GTI SE starts at $32,195. 

Comparing base trims, the GTI is one of the most expensive cars in 
the class. However, its price is 

similar to other performance-oriented hatchbacks, such as the 

Honda Civic Type R.

2020 Volkswagen GTI

GTI Interior

How Many People Does the GTI Seat?

This VW seats five people. Both rows of seats provide ample 

head- and legroom for most adults to ride comfortably. The seats 

remain supportive even on long drives, and the front seats are 

adjustable enough that it's easy to find a comfortable driving 


Cloth upholstery and heated front seats are standard, while leather 

upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available.

GTI and Child Car Seats

Installing child safety seats in a GTI is fairly easy. This VW's 

LATCH hardware is easy to find and use. The back seat has two 

sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

GTI Interior Quality

The GTI features one of the nicest cabins in the class. It looks 

good, and there are so many premium materials that at first glance, 

you could mistake the GTI for a luxury vehicle.

GTI Cargo Space

Few other compact cars and hatchbacks can match the GTI's cargo 

capacity. This Volkswagen gives you 22.8 cubic feet of space 

behind the rear seats, which is enough room for several sets of golf 

clubs or the family's vacation luggage. Fold the rear seats down, 

and you get 52.7 cubic feet of room.

GTI Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker 

audio system, a USB-C port, and Bluetooth. VW's Car-Net App-

Connect also comes standard. It incorporates connectivity features 

like a WiFi hot spot, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and 

Mirror Link.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate 

control, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, a traditional 

USB port, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, satellite radio, 

and navigation.

The infotainment system is easy to work with. Even in the base 

trim, the screen has crisp graphics and the controls are within easy 

reach of the driver. The intuitive menu layouts make it easy to find 

and adjust settings as well.

GTI Performance

GTI Engine: Perfectly Punchy

All GTI models feature a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-

cylinder engine, and it's a great fit for this sporty Volkswagen. This 

turbo-four helps the GTI deliver lively acceleration whether you're 

taking off from a stoplight or trying to get around another vehicle 

on the highway.

A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a seven-

speed dual-clutch automatic is available. Both transmissions pair 

well with the turbo-four engine.

GTI Gas Mileage: The Price of Performance

Almost every other compact car is more fuel efficient than the 

GTI. It gets 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. For 

comparison, the Honda Civic gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, while 

the Mazda3 gets 27/36 mpg.

GTI Ride and Handling: Enjoy It

The VW GTI is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. It 

boasts nimble handling, accurate steering, and sturdy brakes – 

everything you need to be able to carve up winding roads. The ride 

quality suffers a bit over rough pavement, but it's fine most of the 

time. This hatchback comes with front-wheel drive (all-wheel 

drive is not available).

GTI Reliability

Is the Volkswagen GTI Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Volkswagen GTI a predicted reliability 

rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Volkswagen GTI Warranty

Volkswagen covers the GTI with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-

to-bumper warranty.

GTI Safety

GTI Crash Test Results

The 2020 GTI earns an overall safety rating of five out of five stars 

from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also 

received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal 

crash and rollover tests.

GTI Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rear view camera, 

forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic 

emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic 

alert. Available features include front and rear parking sensors, 

parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, and 

lane keep assist.

GTI Dimensions and Weight

The GTI is 14 feet long. It has a 3,031-pound curb weight with the 

manual transmission. Models with the automatic transmission 

weigh an additional 66 pounds.

Where Is the Volkswagen GTI Built?

Volkswagen builds the 2020 GTI in Germany.

Which Volkswagen GTI Model Is Right for Me

The GTI comes in two trims: S and SE. Both come standard with a 

228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-

speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. You can add a 

seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for $800.

The base S trim comes well-equipped, and many buyers will no 

doubt be satisfied with it. Still, the SE is worth the extra money 

because it offers several comfort, infotainment, and driver 

assistance features you can't get in the base trim (especially if you 

add the Autobahn package).


The GTI S carries a base price of $28,595. Standard features 

include cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a 6.5-inch touch 

screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB-C port, and Bluetooth. 

VW's Car-Net App-Connect also comes standard. This 

incorporates connectivity features like a WiFi hot spot, Apple Car 

Play, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.

Standard driver assistance features include a rear view camera, 

forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic 

emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic 



The GTI SE starts at $32,195. In addition to the base trim's 

features, the SE comes with leather seats, a sunroof, proximity 

key less entry, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, a 

traditional USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

The available Autobahn package ($4,300) adds a fully power-

adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 

eight-speaker Fender audio system, navigation, front and rear 

parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive 

cruise control, and lane keep assist.

Which Is Better: Volkswagen GTI or Subaru WRX?

The Subaru WRX can't match the overall quality of the GTI, but 

the WRX is one of the few compact cars that delivers the same 

kind of engaging driving experience. Both vehicles have lively 

engines and adept handling, but the Subaru is a bit more powerful. 

It is also worse on gas, partly because of its standard all-wheel-

drive system and premium gasoline requirement. The WRX and 

GTI each have comfortable seats and intuitive tech features, but 

the VW provides much more cargo space, has a noticeably nicer 

interior, and receives a higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: Volkswagen GTI or Mazda3

The Mazda3 is a truly worthy challenger to the GTI, and you'll 

basically have to let your personal preferences decide this match 

up. Both cars are among the most athletic cars in the class, and 

both feature upscale interiors with user-friendly technology. The 

GTI has a bit more room for people and cargo, but the Mazda gets 

better fuel economy ratings. While the GTI only comes as a 

hatchback, the Mazda3 is available in sedan and hatchback body 


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