The hot hatchback has long been a staple of the Volkswagen lineup. Models like the Golf GTI and Golf R deliver impressive performance paired with hatchback versatility. So how do you know which hot VW hatchback is right for you? Looking at the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Volkswagen Golf R breaks down the difference between these two cars.
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Golf R Engine Performance
The “hot” in the hot hatchback comes from the engine performance. Both the 2019 Golf GTI and the 2019 Golf R are powered by turbocharged engines. Powering the 2019 GTI is the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine. This engine gives the GTI 228 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.
Powering the Golf R is the advanced EA888 four-cylinder TSI 2.0-liter engine. Performance numbers for the Golf R check in at 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy ratings for the 2019 Golf GTI check in at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highways for 27 mpg combined. 2019 Golf R models are rated at 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highways for 24 mpg combined.
Does the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Offer All-Wheel Drive?
The Golf GTI and Golf R both offer automatic and manual transmission options. The Golf GTI is only available in front-wheel drive, while the 2019 Golf R offers Volkswagen’s 4Motion All-Wheel Drive System.
How Much Does the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cost?
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is available with at a starting MSRP of $27,595. The 2019 Golf R has a starting MSRP of $40,395. This does not include destination charge, and individual dealer pricing may vary.