The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a more practical alternative to a traditional sports car. Many drivers love this performance hatchback’s excellent passenger and cargo space. Class-leading interior quality also helps the Golf GTI stand out from the competition. According to the Riverside VW dealership, additional standard safety technologies have arrived for 2020.
There are two available trims: S and SE. Riverside Volkswagen drivers can look forward to experiencing strong performance. Motivating the 2020 Golf GTI is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque connected to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both trims are front-wheel drive only.
Not only is the Golf GTI quick, but it also returns competitive fuel economy. While manual-equipped models return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway, expect the automatic Golf GTI to deliver 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway.*
Great handling gives the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI an extra fun factor. A sports-tuned suspension helps the hatchback stay level in corners. VW’s DCC adaptive damping suspension is optional. You’ll also appreciate the car’s variable-ratio steering system, which provides more road feedback at highway speeds. High-performance summer tires are offered as a no-cost option.
The Golf GTI’s refined yet sporty exterior styling will help it age gracefully. Signature red accenting and mesh inserts give the front fascia a sporty look. Dual exhaust finishers are also standard. While both trims feature red brake calipers and 18-inch machined wheels, adaptive LED headlights are found on the SE trim. Some of the available paint options include You can pack from six different paint colors, including White Silver Metallic and Red Tornado.
One of this hatchback’s biggest highlights is its versatile interior design. Every passenger will have ample head- and legroom. There’s also an impressive 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. In terms of interior quality, the Golf GTI ranks among the class leaders. While heated cloth seats come standard, leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.
Volkswagen packs the Golf GTI with user-friendly technology. A 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard. Drivers will also enjoy VW’s Car-Net mobile app. Aside from giving you remote access to the vehicle using your smartphone, this app can also connect you to emergency roadside assistance. Some of the other standard equipment includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. You’ll find a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen on the SE trim. Some of the upgrades featured in the optional Autobahn package include navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a Fender premium sound system.
In terms of crash protection, the new Golf GTI scored an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. This year, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring were made standard.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.