Earlier reports indicated a redesigned Volkswagen GTI was coming in 2021. Unfortunately, that’s been pushed back a year and the 2021 VW GTI will be a carryover model.
The latest-generation Volkswagen GTI hasn’t changed much since its debut in 2015, as it’s carried on with the same basic hatchback look taken from its source material, the Golf. Atop its Golf base, the GTI adds sportier bits, including fins on the outer edges of the front bumper, a unique grille, larger wheels, a restyled rear bumper, and dual exhaust.
Inside, the GTI again borrows heavily from its Golf platform but gains some extra metallic accents, sportier gauges, more heavily bolstered seats, and a few other minor nips and tucks.
Under its hood, the GTI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2020 GTI qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation with “Good” ratings in all but one crash test, an “Acceptable” passenger-side small-overlap crash test, and “Acceptable” LED projector headlights. It also features a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. We expect the safety ratings and equipment to remain the same in the 2021 GTI. However, it’ll likely lose the Top Safety Pick status, as the latest IIHS requirements include a “Good” rating in all crash tests.
The 2021 Volkswagen GTI’s pricing will range from $29,690 to $38,740 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2020 GTI