2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf R

The hot shots of hatchbacks, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf R. What is it that helps these two stand out against the crowd and how is it that they differ from one another?

While the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R do share a number of similarities, there are a number of glaring differences that could force your hand to choose one steering wheel over the other. One of the most obvious differences that you might have noticed from the chart is going to be price. The Golf R is the top-of-the-line as far as the Golf family goes, and that’s because it's not just built to impress based on its performance but because it’s also built to be taken to the track.

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2017 VW Golf GTI vs 2017 VW Golf R
2.0L TSI Engine 2.0L TSI
24 city/ 34 hwy mpg Fuel Economy Rating 22 city/ 31 hwy mpg
No AWD Yes
$25,595 MSRP $39,375

Test Drive the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R in Sayville NY

If you were to pop the hood on either the Golf GTI or the Golf R, you would find that the two hatchbacks share the same 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Despite being the same, engine output is different. The 2017 Golf GTI is able to earn a slightly better fuel economy rating for both city and highway driving, but still manages to produce 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. (With the Autobahn package, the GTI is able to boost its horsepower rating to 220.)

While the Golf GTI is a performance-packed hatch, and will thrill most any daily driver, the Golf R is the hatchback for extreme enthusiasts who still are sticking to a budget. The Golf R produces 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which helps it to achieve 0-60 in less than 5 seconds. Its DCC dynamic chassis control and 4Motion all-wheel drive will help you to remain in control of all this power, but also manage inclement weather as well as rougher roads.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R both are IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicles, helping to not only deliver a thrilling ride, but a confident one. They offer peace of mind and the assurance that they have topped the safety charts and go above and beyond standards.

In addition to impressive safety technology, both hatchbacks also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To learn more about these systems and how to pair them with your smartphone, or if you have any specific questions about any of the Volkswagen Golf models, we would like to welcome you here to Donaldsons VW. We would be more than happy to help and invite you to sign up for a test drive as well.

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