2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

2020 MODEL
$28,595 - $37,295
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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 28, 2020
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Bright red or shiny blue, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is admired worthy in all its glory. It could be named as a reptile of the car age, the Golf GTI is fast, nimble, and glorious. On top of this, it has the best fuel economy in the segment and performs tremendously well on turns and straight lines. 

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Pros

The joy of driving is what Golf GTI live for

Plush and comfortable interiors

Intuitive infotainment system

More than enough cargo space for a hatchback

Cons

Bit pricier for its segment

Low fuel economy

Stiff suspension system

What's New?

Many crucial safety features now come as standard

Warranty coverage shortened

Now comes with 2 years of scheduled maintenance free of charge

Probably the last hatch in the lineup


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28595

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 4700 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/13.4

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

168 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

3062 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

52.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

959 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/36/31 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Review video

Styles

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback in Dark Iron Blue Metallic color 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback in Deep Black Pearl color 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback in Night Blue Metallic color 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback in Tornado Red color
Dark Iron Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.1

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.3

Exterior

8.7

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.6

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S

S

power
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$28,595 - $29,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $28,595 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $29,395 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE

SE

power
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$32,195 - $32,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $32,195 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr Hathcback (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $32,995 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn

Autobahn

power
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$36,495 - $37,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $36,495 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $37,295 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.7

Overall Rating


Priced $28,595 for the base trim and $32,195, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes loaded with all the features and figures. Sold as a full-fledged hatchback, Volkswagen is not providing packages for the car. For 2020, the German make has made the GTI safer with many standard features such as traction control. This may be your last chance to get your hands on the sharp machine. Volkswagen is planning to get rid of the hatchback by the year 2021. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front view
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.3/10
Interior

 

8.7/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

8.6/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Features

8.0/10

The game is set and the wind is gusting, keeping the ball flying high. High as a falcon, the 2020 Golf GTI is Volkswagen’s fast-paced trigger. Available in 2 different trim levels, namely - Golf GTI S and Golf GTI SE, the hatch differentiates itself with features such as an 8-inch touchscreen sound system, panoramic sunroof, and leather seating surfaces. No external packages are available for the hatchback and it proves to be an all-rounder in the segment. Counted many a time as one of the best hatchbacks in the market, the USA is also a homeland for the GOLF being one of the most sold hatches.

Trims 

Volkswagen Golf GTI S

Volkswagen Golf GTI SE

Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn

MSRP (M/T) (FWD)

$28,595

$32,195

$36,495
MSRP (A/T) (FWD) $29,395 $32,995 $37,295

Key Features

16" 5-spoke two-tone machined alloy wheel

Adds/Upgrades to GTI S Adds/Upgrades to GTI SE
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18" 5-spoke two-tone machined alloy wheel

 
 

Driving Mode Selection

8" touchscreen sound system

 
 

VAQ front limited-slip differential

Panoramic sunroof

 
 

 

Leather Seating Surfaces

 

Which trim to choose?

With just two trims to choose from and no packages involved, the 2020 Golf GTI is an all-rounder. Although, the higher trim, which is the Golf GTI SE holds many crucial features such a panoramic sunroof which comes as standard in the SE. Adding just $4000 to the deal, you can upgrade from Golf GTI S to Golf GTI SE. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Engine and Performance

9.1/10

A Turbocharged 4 cylinder 2 liter inline 4 powers the 2020 Golf GTI with specs such as maximum horsepower produced being 228hp at 4700 rpm and maximum torque produced is 258 lbs./ft. at 1500 rpm. Built for solid acceleration and instant torque makes the Golf GTI, one of the most peppy and excitement tuned hatchbacks of 2020. 

Turbocharged 4 cylinder 2 liter inline 4 powers the 2020 Golf GTI

Mated to the system is a 6-speed manual transmission which is butter smooth and quick. Also available is an automatic dual-clutch transmission which keeps the mill pushing hard even in the trickiest of punches. It's predictable driving dynamics make it a confident daily commuter which corners like a pro.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

MSRP

$28,595

$27,400

$25,000

Engine

2.0L Premium Inline-4

2.0L Premium Inline-4

1.5L Premium Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual w/OD

6-Speed Manual w/OD

6-Speed Manual w/OD

Power

228 hp @4,700rpm

250 hp @6,000rpm

205 hp @5,700rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @1,500rpm

260 lb-ft @1,450rpm

192 lb-ft @2,100rpm

Comparing all the cars in the segment, you will find that all the cars here offer an excess of 200hp. The Golf stacks itself in the middle of the 2 Hyundai's.

Acceleration 

Instant power punch being the keyword here, the 2020 Volkswagen or we may say ‘Folkswagen’ is actually a people’s car. Daily driver with the heart of a sports hatch, the 2020 Golf GTI is fantastically fantastic in its acceleration and is marketed for the same. 

Models

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

5.5 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.2 sec

15.2 sec

Top Speed 155 MPH 155 MPH 137 MPH

Engine

2.0L Premium Inline-4

2.0L Premium Inline-4

1.5L Premium Inline-4

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI goes 0 to 60 MPH (Miles per hour) in 5.9 seconds, which is faster than most mid-size sedans. Although in a drag race with its competitor, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster, the Golf GTI will take another 0.4 seconds to touch the line.

Ride and Handling

Nimble like a Quidditch broom, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI marks glory in its acceleration and handling. Cutting corners like a pro, the Golf GTI moves brilliantly. Transmission and engine perform their duties like a newly married couple while the brakes keep the progression running like a civilized mother. Well, if the car is so fast, it definitely needs an admirer first of all and a tamer as well. We believe you can be both and the hatch won’t disappoint.

Braking

It's not hard to guess if the car is so nimble and fast, braking is the only tamer this beast will ever need. Fitted with specially designed GTI brakes, the stopping mechanism of this hatchback makes the car stop in under 120 ft. Ventilated disc brakes keep the system in shape and hold it from getting too hot while on tracks, the 2020 Golf GTI is a performer in every sense. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI brakes

Models

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

Brake Rotors Front

13.4"

13"

12.3"

Brake Rotors Rear

12.2"

11.8"

11.1"

Curb Weight

3062 lbs

3036 lbs

2906 lbs

60-0 MPH

118 ft.

N/A 109 ft.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Fuel Economy

9.9/10

Fuel economy is where the brilliance of German engineering comes in to play. Presenting one of the best fuel economies in the sports compact hatchback market, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI makes 24 miles in a gallon of fuel in the city traffic. It makes 32 miles per gallon on the freeway and makes combined economy of 27 miles per gallon. Top-notch acceleration and one of the best fuel economy, what else do you look for in a hatchback. 

Model

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

MPG (City)

24

22

26

MPG (Highway)

32

29

32

MPG (Combined)

27

25

28

Fuel Capacity 13.2 gallons 13.2 gallons 12.4 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 317/422/356 miles 290/383/330 miles 322/446/347 miles

Emission (Tons/year of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

7.1

N/A

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Interior

8.3/10

Following the age-old rule book, the interiors of the 2020 Golf GTI are all things Volkswagen and all things German. Luxury not being the choice of importance for this hatchback, the powerhouse features simple and clean aesthetics in the cabin. Features like dual-zone automatic climate control system make this compact hatch a feast of the year 2020.

Seating and Comfort

5 people can easily squeeze in the hatchback with comfort. Pretty enough headroom and legroom is one of the best in the segment keeping it relevant for the folio it caters to. Although, the rear seats may feel a bit cramped because of its size but it's enough to fit an average-sized person. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior

12-way adjustable seats make it even more comfortable coupled with leather upholstery. 

Model

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/55.9/41.2

38.1/56/42.6

37.5/56.9/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/53.9/35.6

35.9/54.3/34.1

36.8/55/37.4

Interior Features

The interior features of the 2020 VW Golf GTI Include:

  • Power windows
  • Rear door bins
  • Climatic manual air conditioning
  • Refrigerated/cooled box
  • Sports steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • Emergency communication system
  • Rear seat center armrest with pass-thru with storage
  • Driver and passenger heated-cushions
  • Front center armrest
  • Piano black instrument panel insert, door panel insert
  • 6-way driver and passenger seat adjustments

Infotainment

The information and entertainment features of the compact hatch include:

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Infotainment Display
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • VW Car-Net Hotspot internet access
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • 1 1st row LCD monitor
  • Smart device integration
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Brake pad wear

Cargo Capacity

One of the best cargo capacity in the hatchback segment, the 2020 Golf GTI houses 23 cubic feet of space in the rear boot. Further expandable by pushing down the rear seats, you can carry 5-6 standard size baggage. Good enough for a picnic stroll or your daily run to the office, the Golf GTI is happy to outperform on every aspect. 

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI houses 23 cu.ft. of space in the rear boot

Model

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

Cargo Capacity

23 cu.ft.

20 cu.ft.

14.7 cu.ft.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI touchscreen
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI touchscreen
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat folded
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear seat folded

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Exterior

8.7/10

Meaner than the meanest of machines, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI houses perfect curves to embody the darker sense of emotions. Proud GTI branding on the black grille in the front hugging the crafted lamps on either end produce an aura of a race machine with the precision of a daily driver. Fog lamps fitted on the outskirts look brilliance in all its senses.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Side View

Relatively low-key lines and creases give the front stance the center point in its design language. Walking to the rear presents you with circular rear lamps and a spoiler that performs both aesthetic and functional duties. 2 chrome tip exhausts compliment the folio further to the extent of perfection. 

Model

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T S 4dr Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Si

Curb Weight

3062 lbs

3036 lbs

2906 lbs

Length

168"

166.9"

182.8"

Width

70.8"

71.3"

70.8"

Height

57.8"

55.1"

55.5"

Ground Clearance

5.1"

5.3"

N/A"

Wheelbase

103.6"

104.3"

106.3"

Exterior Features

The exterior features of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI include:

  • Spoiler
  • Black grille
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Front and rear mud flaps
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front seat
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear view
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear view
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front view
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI front view
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI wheel
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI wheel

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Safety

9.0/10

On the safety front, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with features such as:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights
  • 4 wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Security system pre-wiring
  • Immobilizer

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Competition

8.6/10

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2020 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback

In a tug of war between the two most popular hatchback in the market, the Veloster is cheaper and produce more power both in terms of horsepower and torque. Although it hosts less fuel economy then the Golf GTI, the Veloster is a capable hatch. But where it lacks is its understanding of roads and drivability. Get the 2020 Golf GTI if you are looking for a fast hatch with enough power and drive perfection. Get the Veloster for better interior styling and rugged looks.

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2020 Honda Civic Si coupe

Not a head-on collision in any sense, the 2020 Honda Civic Si coupe is cheaper and also produces much less power than the Golf GTI. Bad economy and power produced of the Civic Si makes the Golf GTI a clear winner here. 

2020 Honda Civic Si coupe

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Final Verdict

Character defining and nimble, that’s what 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI stands for. Perfectly priced to target the most enthusiastic of the lot, the German make has done a fantastic job in bringing the best of speed and acceleration together with razor sharp handling and precision.