2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Both the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI offer drivers compelling and comfortable rides--as perfect for the daily Los Angeles commute as it is for Beverly Hills shopping. But each vehicle similarly boasts unique qualities that make them ideally suited for different kinds of drivers. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison, and find out which vehicle is right for your needs when you give each one a test drive at Volkswagen Santa Monica.


The new Volkswagen Golf delivers 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of available torque with its 1.8L inline, four-cylinder 16-valve engine. This ensures a smooth, elegant, comfortable ride, and it features enough power to accelerate easily and hold speeds with just as little effort. Its front-wheel drivetrain ensures a confident and assured ride, which is similarly reflected in its strut-type front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. With a 103.8-inch wheelbase, the Golf can handle with precision, but it also features an exceptional comfortable and spacious interior.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI, however, prioritizes its athletic, dynamic performance. Sporting a 2.0L 16-valve 4-cylinder TFSI engine, the Golf GTI boasts 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of available. This adds a little pep to its step, and it handles with a more visceral feel. It too features a front-wheel drivetrain, which gives it an assured and forceful ride, but it also features a slightly shorter wheelbase, which gives it a slight edge in handling. The Golf GTI is similarly lower to the ground and an overall shorter vehicle, and with larger tires and all-season wheels, the Golf GTI is ready to operate at peak performance year round.


Now let us take a look at the features each vehicle has to offer. We’ll start with the 2017 Golf:

  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Comfort seats
  • Volkswagen Car-Net
  • Rearview camera system
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • Touchscreens sound system
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Next, let us see what features are available on the 2017 Golf GTI:

  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Engine braking assist
  • Hydraulic brake assist
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Electronic stability control
  • Intelligent crash response system

Choosing the Best Vehicle for You

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf offers drivers a comfortable and casual ride. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, as well as an impressive selection of features that only serve to enhance that comfort. Its ride is causal, though it features enough power to keep it exciting. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, on the other hand, features only minor differences. These differences, however, add up to make for a more powerful experience. This commitment to dynamic power and nuanced handling is reflected in its available features as well.

Test Drive the 2017 Golf and the 2017 Golf GTI at Volkswagen Santa Monica

Contact us online or call us at 855-975-9627 to learn more about the unique qualities of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI. After you arrange your test drive, we'll see you at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA!