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The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Has a Sporty Look and Improved Performance

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Passenger's side front angle view of red 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI New Features and Release Date

When the Volkswagen Golf GTI debuted back in 1975, it practically invented the hot hatch segment, with it combining the versatile hatchback design of the VW Golf with a very high level of performance. After all of these years, the Golf GTI is still going strong. With a pleasing redesign and improved performance for the 2022 model-year, the iconic hot hatch is better than ever. Read more to find out about the new features and release date of the 2022 Golf GTI.


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Specs and Features

Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Grey 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI with forested mountains in the background

If you desire the stylish design and everyday practicality of the iconic Volkswagen Golf — but want a car that offers a very high level of performance, then you’ll be very impressed with the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Read more to find out about its performance specs and features. 


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI Win Car and Driver “10Best” Award

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Grey 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and white 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you desire the style and refinement of a Volkswagen — but with some extra “kick” and an elevated element of driving excitement, then look no further than the high-performance 2020 VW Golf GTI compact hatchback and the high-performance 2020 VW Jetta GLI compact sedan. Both the 2020 Golf GTI and 2020 Jetta GLI recently won the respected Car and Driver “10Best” award. (more…)

What IIHS safety rating did the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI get?

Friday, June 21st, 2019
Grey 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI with mountains in the background

In addition to its quick acceleration, excellent driving dynamics, and stylish and versatile hatchback design, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI delivers high-level safety with its high-strength and crash-optimized body, advanced airbag system, and many safety-enhancing driving assistance technologies. This safety prowess was recently confirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with the organization naming the 2019 VW Golf GTI a TOP SAFETY PICK. (more…)

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Won the Popular Mechanics Hatchback of the Year Award

Monday, May 13th, 2019
Side View of Blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you desire a compact hatchback that delivers some serious “kick,” then look no further than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, with its robust engine, quick acceleration, and pleasing driving dynamics. The 2019 Golf GTI was recently honored by Popular Mechanics magazine, which gave it the “Hatchback of the Year” award for its 2019 Automotive Excellence awards. (more…)

How Fast is the Volkswagen Golf GTI?

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Golf GTI Driving in City

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the hot hatch of the VW Golf lineup, offering turbocharged engine power and sporty handling. It was designed to cruise long distances without compromising comfort and style. In fact, the “GT” in its name was inspired by Grand Touring or Gran Turismo — an Italian phrase for “touring” cars. So, what is the Volkswagen GTI 0 – 60 mph time? Read on to learn more about its speed and power!

Volkswagen GTI 0 – 60 MPH

The new VW Golf GTI houses a turbocharged, intercooled 2.0L TSI 16-valve motor paired with a six-speed manual transmission. With this powertrain, the Golf GTI produces up to 228 hp and up to 258 lb-ft torque. The best part? It’s surprisingly fuel-efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway rating. According to Car and Driver testing, the VW Golf GTI accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and can take on a quarter mile in 14.3 seconds, while reaching up to 100 mph.

What Are the Golf GTI Hatch’s Other Performance Features?

While you won’t be pushing the Golf GTI to its full potential on Beverly Hills and Brentwood roads, there’s plenty of performance features to enjoy. Some highlights include the following:

  • DCC® Adaptive Chassis Control: No to be confused with adaptive cruise control, this system allows you to alternate between three firmness settings to automatically control the damper valves.
  • Progressive Power Steering: With the help of variable assistance, this system makes steering at any speed easier and more fluid.
  • Sport Suspension: Sport suspension improves the Golf GTI hatch’s grip while delivering sporty driving feedback.
  • Performance Braking: Ventilated disc brakes help keep your car’s braking system functionally optimally at high and low speeds.
  • Limited-Slip Differential: As you travel, this system adjusts the torque balance as necessary to improve your control over the vehicle.
  • Paddle Shifters: When you choose the available seven-speed automatic transmission, you’ll enjoy manual control over gearshifts whenever the mood strikes.

When you look more closely at its speed and performance features, it’s easy to see why the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a favorite of Santa Monica’s everyday drivers and sports car enthusiasts alike.

Test Drive a Golf GTI at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Ready to see what the 2019 Golf GTI can do? Put it to the test at Volkswagen Santa Monica! Here, you can find a Volkswagen GTI for sale or apply for a Volkswagen GTI lease with competitive rates and terms. Contact us to schedule a test drive near Culver City and learn how it compares to the regular Golf.

2019 VW Golf Models Honored by Car and Driver Magazine

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
White 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack with mountains in the background

Car and Driver “10Best” Awards for 2019 VW Golf Models

The Volkswagen Golf family is filled with many different iterations of the stylish, versatile, and fun-to-drive hatchback. Car and Driver magazine honored these models for its annual 10Best list. (more…) Gives Best of 2018 Awards to VW Atlas and Golf GTI

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Yellow 2018 VW Atlas and Black 2018 VW Golf GTI

The VW Atlas is an all-new SUV, delivering a pleasing blend of spaciousness, utility, off-road performance and technological sophistication. The VW Golf GTI combines the style, refinement and hatchback versatility of the VW Golf with a high-performance engine. Both models recently won Best of 2018 Awards. The Golf GTI was named the Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year, while the VW Atlas won the top honor of Best of 2018.  (more…)

Compare the VW Golf vs. VW Golf GTI

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
2017 VW Golf

Shop New VW Golf

There are a number of key differences between the Volkswagen Golf and VW Golf GTI, though both models are remarkable hatchbacks well-suited to urban environments. The Golf GTI takes the formula of the baseline VW Golf and adds additional luxury features, including additional engine options, sport suspension, and Fender premium audio technologies. The decision ultimately comes down to the features you value and your budget, which we’ll go into more detail about shortly.

How to Determine whether the VW Golf or the VW Golf GTI is Right for You

Both models offer a number of available and standard performance, interior, and safety technologies that can truly revolutionize the way you drive. You’ll find such features as a rearview camera system designed to help you see obstacles when you’re backing up, VW Car-Net Security, and a variety of driver assistance technologies such as an available Forward Collision System and available Blind Spot Monitor designed to help you avoid potential accidents when you’re on the move.

The important differences lie in their powertrains. The Golf GTI offers a thundering 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque along with up to 34 mpg on the highway** and 24 mpg in the city**. The baseline Golf, on the other hand, offers a standard engine that delivers 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. However, the baseline model has a more efficient engine with 36 mpg on the highway** and 25 mpg in the city**.

Test Drive the Golf and Golf GTI Today at Volkswagen Santa Monica Today

To see whether the baseline Volkswagen Golf or the upgraded Volkswagen Golf GTI is the ideal hatchback for you, visit us today at Volkswagen Santa Monica and take them each for a test drive. We’re dedicated to providing you with the absolute best Volkswagen service in the Santa Monica area, and we look forward to having the opportunity to demonstrate these remarkable vehicles to you. Contact us today to learn more about the Volkswagen Golf lineup!

2017 VW Top Safety Pick Ratings from IIHS

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
2017 vw passat top safety pick iihs

What 2017 Volkswagen Models are the Safest?

It was a big year for Volkswagen as they had six 2017 models earn the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick, vehicles must have earned good ratings in IIHS tests evaluated in five categories: frontal impact moderate overlap, frontal impact small overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints. It must also offer an autonomous emergency braking system that earns at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention. The 2017 Top Safety Pick+ is issued to vehicles that have met all of the Top Safety Pick criteria and must offer headlights that earn at least an acceptable rating for visibility and lack of excessive glare.   (more…)