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2020 Volkswagen GTI

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Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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2020 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $28,595
2020 2.0T SE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $32,195
2020 2.0T Autobahn 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $36,495

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI gains standard automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. All models also receive the next generation of the brand's Car-Net telematics system and wi-fi hot spot capability.

The trim lineup has also been simplified down to two, with the Autobahn shifting to a package that's available for the SE model.

Choosing Your Volkswagen GTI

The VW GTI is available in two trims: S and SE. Starting prices check in at $29,515 including destination for the S and $33,115 for the SE.

Engine Choices

Part of the GTI’s allure over the standard VW Golf is the uprated engine. The GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 228 horsepower and a stout 258 pound-feet of torque from a low 1,500 rpm.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available for $800. An electronic limited-slip front differential helps the GTI get the power to the ground.

Despite the different number of gears and final gear ratios, both transmissions earn an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Based on the Golf platform, the five-seat GTI has similar dimensions. The hatchback shape makes the most of its 103.6-inch wheelbase and affords rear passengers with 38.1 inches of headroom and 35.6 inches of legroom.

Cargo capacity is also impressive at 22.8 cubic feet, which expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

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Safety Features

The essential driver-assist features are included as standard, such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

However, the more advanced systems are available only on the SE trim with the Autobahn Package. This brings adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system, and automatic high beams.

Connectivity

The GTI S features a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a wi-fi hot spot, Car-Net telematics, and one USB port. The SE trim upgrades to an 8-inch display with satellite radio, HD radio, and another USB port.

The Autobahn Package further adds navigation and an eight-speaker Fender audio system.

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S - From $29,515

The GTI differentiates itself from standard Golf trims with uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, subdued red trim, 18-inch wheels, and lower ride height. The S trim features fog lights, daytime running lights, and taillights that are all LED, while the automatic headlights are of the lesser halogen type.

Inside, the GTI S gets cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, manually-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a six-speaker audio system.

SE - From $33,115

The SE trim adds chassis upgrades, adaptive dampers, adaptive LED headlights, and creature comforts such as a panoramic sunroof, the larger 8-inch touchscreen, leather seating, keyless entry, and push-button start.

The Autobahn Package is $4,300 and includes a laundry list of premium features. It bundles a 12-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, the Fender audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, the automated parking system, automatic high beams, and VW's dynamic chassis control adaptive damping system.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 VW GTI S trim may be lacking several features that are expected at this price range, but it has the go-fast hardware as well as the plaid cloth seats which are quintessential for the full GTI experience.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Practical body
  • Classy interior
  • Excellent handling
Cons
  • Aging design
  • Not as flashy as rivals
  • Small infotainment screen
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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A classic soldiers on. The image of the hot hatchback was built in large part upon the shoulders of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The 2020 Volkswagen GTI is the last of the current generation, here for one more year before a full redesign reaches North America.

The Golf (covered separately) has suffered some casualties for 2020: the wagon body and Golf R are no longer with us. As one of the top sellers in the range, the GTI fared well. Three trims are still available, with either a manual or automatic transmission.

The GTI may be aging, but it retains all the charm that made it a classic. Hot hatches bring personality to practicality, and the GTI does it with sense and taste, from the plaid upholstery to the handsome exterior. This GTI is business as usual, and that’s a good thing.

Exciting … At the heart of the GTI’s appeal is its performance. The GTI carries over with the same engine, a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder unit. The turbo’s thrust is impressive without being jumpy, and the limited-slip differential does a good job of putting the power down upfront.

But the real star of the show is the handling. The tires are grippy and the steering responsive, with a well-balanced ride that’s comfortable on country backroads and highways alike. Around town, the GTI is pliant enough for back-seat riders without sacrificing the drive.

The GTI doesn’t even ask too much of an efficiency penalty. The turbo engine achieves an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon combined with either transmission. That’s a few behind most economy hatchbacks, but it’s far better than most dedicated sports cars.


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… Yet sensible. The other part of the hot hatch formula is, of course, the hatch. The GTI’s body is as good as any, and better than most. The footprint is small, but the GTI feels larger inside.

Rear leg room is average at 35.6 inches, but head room is adequate and there’s plenty of room to stretch up front. Front seats have a wide range of adjustability, and the GTI’s seats are more supportive than those in the regular Golf.

Its 22.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity is enough to embarrass many compact crossovers. That’s doubly true with the rear seats folded, when the GTI’s capacity swells to 52.7 cubic feet.

Even the design is sensible. The exterior is sporty but conservative, with just enough personality to remind other drivers that it was a GTI passing them. The interior is a step above most competitors, and it works fine for family duty.

A worthy goodbye. Adding to the GTI’s family-friendliness is its full suite of safety tech. Automatic emergency braking comes standard, and the GTI scored generally well in federal and independent crash tests.

Unlike the regular Golf, the GTI also starts with blind-spot monitoring (and the plaid upholstery we enjoy so much). The base 6.5-inch touchscreen isn’t anything to write home about, but the Autobahn trim adds a better 8-inch system.

Even the middle SE trim is good value, with its leather upholstery and panoramic sunroof. This being the final year of the current generation means that discounts should be available. If you can find a deal, the GTI may be one of the best performance bargains on the market.

Final thoughts. This generation of GTI is on its way out, and it’s not the most modern vehicle on the road. The infotainment system is smaller than many, and the GTI hasn’t caught up to the swoopy aesthetics of modern crossovers.

But in our eyes, that’s not entirely a bad thing. The 2020 VW GTI still delivers everyday usability with a healthy dollop of excitement. Few cars can combine the two so well. While we look forward to the redesign, this year’s GTI is no slouch.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 7-spd Tiptronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
53.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
168.0 "
Exterior Width
70.8 "
Exterior Height
57.8 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,062 Lbs. / 3,128 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way (2-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Climatic
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Fcw W/autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 20,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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