The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI arrived in 2015, and there have been limited visual updates since. There has been a handful of performance updates since and new packages since 2015, including the 2019 Golf GTI’s 8-horsepower increase and new Rabbit trim. The 2020 VW Golf GTI will continue as a visual carryover with a few tech tweaks, a simpler lineup, and a new Autobahn package.
On the outside, the 2020 VW Golf will hit showrooms virtually identical to the current model. While this design is still sharp, buyers who crave something new may want to wait a year, as we expect VW to release a redesigned 2021 Golf GTI.
Inside, the 2020 VW Golf GTI will carry on with the same basic design as before, but it will gain a few tweaks to its features. The biggest updates will be the all-new Car-Net infotainment system and standard in-car Wi-Fi. The 2020 Golf GTI SE will gain a new Autobahn package that will add a Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, automatic dual-zone climate control, and Fender premium audio.
Under its hood, we expect the 2020 VW Golf GTI to continue with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 228 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The 2020 GTI will remain front-wheel drive only.
Another big change for the 2020 VW Golf GTI will come in the safety department, as it will add standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2019 GTI received the IIHS Top Safety Pick award with the optional headlights and automatic emergency braking. Stay tuned to see if these ratings carry into the 2020 Golf GTI unchanged.
The 2020 GTI will be available in just two trim levels, S and SE, which means the Rabbit and Autobahn trims will not carry on.