Redefining the sporty hatchback, the 2022 VW Golf GTI and Golf R are coming onto the scene with a mission to impress. With their sporty powertrains, modern styling cues, and high-tech features, these two new VW hatchbacks are sure to get the job done. However, many Torrance drivers may be wondering how these two models are set apart. Learn more about what each of these new VW models has to offer before visiting Volkswagen Santa Monica today.


The new VW Golf GTI allows you to command the roads ahead with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that moves 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This model is only available with front-wheel drive and works alongside a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Meanwhile, when you opt for the sportier R model, you'll find a 315-horsepower engine that delivers 310 pound-feet of torque. This model comes with the impressive 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system that features a rear differential for improved handling. You'll also have access to selectable drive modes that optimize your driving performance in different situations, including Comfort, Sport, Race, Special, Drift, and Individual. You'll find the same transmission options as its GTI sibling.

Interior Accommodations

The latest Golf GTI receives a more modern design than its predecessors. You'll find a clean dashboard dominated by a 10.3-inch gauge cluster and a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Meanwhile, the unique three-spoke steering wheel includes touch-sensitive controls and the front seats have red accents and exclusive plaid inserts. When you opt for the Golf R, you'll find a similar design with a few additional upgrades. For example, replacing the plaid design, your seats will be wrapped in premium Nappa leather. Plus, you'll find exclusive blue accents and R badging throughout the entire cabin. Other impressive upgrades include ambient lighting with 30 colors and stainless-steel pedals. Both models are expected to include connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth.

Learn More at Volkswagen Santa Monica

If you're interested in bringing home the new VW Golf GTI or Golf R for yourself, we encourage you to visit our dealership in Santa Monica today. Our team will be happy to walk you through their differences and even get you behind the wheel for a test drive. We look forward to speaking with you!

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