Differences Between VW Golf R and VW Golf GTI at Karen Radley VW

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, New Models, Volkswagen Golf on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 10:25 am
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2015 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Our lineup of Volkswagen Golf models at Karen Radley Volkswagen serves countless functions and appeals to many different drivers and lifestyles. The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen with its cavernous cargo space is ideal for families while standard Golf trims deliver a fun drive and exceptional fuel economy. Those models will appeal to a majority of families and drivers in the Woodbridge area, but some drivers are looking for more excitement and higher performance. Adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers who enjoy the Volkswagen brand will love the track-ready VW Golf R and the thrill-inspiring VW Golf GTI. To help those drivers who long for mind-blowing speed find the hot hatchback that fits them best, we have developed a 2015 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2015 Volkswagen GTI comparison.

Golf R and Golf GTI Engine Options

At the heart of our performance-tuned Golf argument lies the question of — what’s under the hood? Track-ready Golf R editions shell out an explosive 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter dual-injection four-cylinder platform that is married to a smooth six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Employing a similar turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the Golf GTI manufactures a thrilling 220 horsepower when equipped with the Performance Package. If you are looking for horsepower, there is plenty to go around between these two hatchbacks, but if you are looking for top speeds of 155 mph, the Golf R is what you are looking for.

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Golf R and Golf GTI Drivetrains

Another primary difference between the Volkswagen Golf R and the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the drivetrain used. With a front-wheel drive drivetrain, the Golf GTI delivers miles and miles of rubber-burning, tire-squealing fun that is tough to beat. Unless you get behind the wheel of the performance-tuned all-wheel drive Golf R. With Volkswagen’s innovative 4MOTION all-wheel drive system under the hood, the Volkswagen Golf R automatically monitors and adjusts traction to deliver turn-hugging performance and mind-blowing track times.

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Golf R and Golf GTI Price

Price is an important aspect of any car-buying decision and definitely factors into our 2015 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison. There is no doubt that the 292-horsepower Golf R merits its base $36,595 price tag, but that is a significant investment for most car shoppers. By comparison, the Golf GTI delivers slightly less horsepower and a different brand of thrills at a more affordable $24,785 that has a broader appeal.

Regardless of how much you are looking to spend on a performance-tuned hot hatchback or what features you are looking for, it is tough to dispute that these two Volkswagen masterpieces definitely toe the line and deliver miles of excitement. For an up close look at these two road rockets, schedule a test drive and stop and see us at Karen Radley Volkswagen in Woodbridge, VA. You can also feel free to contact us directly for more information on either model.