Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Pros: Outstanding balance between invigorating performance and day-to-day practicality; impressive refinement; cargo versatility of hatchback body style; decent fuel economy

Cons: Automated-manual transmission’s behavior feels odd to some drivers; rear roof pillars are a bit thick, blocking the view to the corners

2021 Volkswagen Golf

CG Says: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI gats a revised infotainment system, but is otherwise unchanged. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the sporty “hot-hatch” performance version of VW’s Golf lineup. It comes standard with a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. All models are front-wheel drive and offer a choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. An adaptive suspension is a performance option. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and rear-traffic alert. The Golf GTI is an impressive car that upholds this time-honored nameplate’s status as a benchmark among performance-focused sporty hatchbacks. What the GTI might lack in outright horsepower compared to others in the Sporty/Performance Car category, it more than makes up for in terms of sprightly handling, surprising practicality, and a high level of refinement. It’s simply one of the best vehicles in its class.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices S: $29,690
SE: $33,660
Autobahn: $37,940

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Volkswagen Golf GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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