Archive for the ‘Volkswagen Golf GTI’ Category

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…)

Get Top Performance with the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Monday, November 28th, 2016
2017 volkswagen golf gti grille

What Does Golf GTI Stand For?

No doubt that you have heard of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but do you know what the GTI stands for? The automotive industry likes using acronyms to describe various models whether it pertains to its intent, its design or any other reason that could be behind it. In the case of the Golf GTI, the GTI acronym signifies something to do with its performance aspect. The GTI usually stands for something along the lines of Grand Touring Injection, Gran Turismo Iniezione or some other variation of that term. In the end, it is used to signify the inclusion of a fuel injection system.   (more…)

New Features on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Friday, November 11th, 2016
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2017 VW Golf GTI vs 2016 VW Golf GTI

The Golf family is the most popular group in the Volkswagen lineup and the Golf GTI is known as the “hot hatch” in the family. The compact hatchback not only combines the practicality and versatility of a large interior but adds a robust engine for an athletic and aggressive demeanor. What sets the Golf GTI apart from the rest of the Golf siblings is its powerful engine, a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission and a stylish interior that features near-luxury materials. When looking at how the 2017 VW Golf GTI compares to the previous outgoing model, the new Golf GTI received a number of additional standard features as well as an all-new Sport trim option.   (more…)

Fine Tune Your Driving Experience Using the VW Dynamic Chassis Control

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
How to Use Volkswagen Dynamic Chassis Control in the golf r

How to Use Volkswagen Dynamic Chassis Control

Driving a car engineered for sporty and thrilling performance isn’t just about a powerful engine or sport-tuned suspension. Models like the Golf GTI and Golf R also have the available Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), allowing you to have the driving experience you want. If your model has these capabilities, then you’ll surely want to understand how to use the Dynamic Chassis Control.


The Most Powerful Production Golf GTI, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport, Celebrates 40 Years of GTI Thrill

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
40th Anniversary VW Golf GTI Clubsport USA Release Date us arrival us availability

40th Anniversary VW Golf GTI Clubsport USA Release Date

Not every model engineered and produced by Volkswagen makes it over to this side of the globe. Different markets get different vehicles. It’s business, and we get that. But that hasn’t kept us from getting excited over the potential for a 40th anniversary VW Golf GTI Clubsport USA release date.


Compare the Differences Between 2015 Golf GTI Trims and Find the Right Vehicle for Your Needs

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Differences Between All 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Trims

Differences Between All 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Trims

The Golf GTI is a hot hatch built for top performance and a thrilling drive. If you know that the model is right for you, it’s now time to customize it with your preference of body color and trim level. Take a look at the differences between all 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI trims to find out which features you need to best suit your driving style.


Golf TDI vs Golf GTI

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Difference Between 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI vs Golf GTI

Difference Between 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI vs Golf GTI

The names of the Golf TDI and Golf GTI may sound alike if said quickly enough, but there are actually some serious differences between the two models in the Golf family. Read on to learn more about each one, as well as some of the similarities and differences between the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI vs Golf GTI.