Comparing New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI to Last Year’s Model


The Volkswagen Golf GTI has long been a popular and practical hatchback vehicle with a renowned sporting pedigree — all at a reasonable price point. The car’s array of features and impressive horsepower make it suitable for all kinds of driving from city roads to the highway. It drives like a sports car without the price tag, and it even offers comfort, 23 to 53 cubic feet of cargo space, and folding seats. Versatility with a racy edge is why so many people have favored this hatchback over others for so many years.

If you thought the 2019 model was great, Volkswagen has been working on upping its game for 2020. Here, you’ll find out what’s changed and how this year’s improvements affect GTI’s performance, safety, appearance, and price.


New Features on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI


General Features


With the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, packages were available at extra cost to get special features that made driving more comfortable and relaxing. But buyers will be pleased that with the 2020 model, those features come standard. For example, the 2020 comes with the manufacturer’s Car-Net telematics system and WiFi hotspot capability for easy internet access on the go. Driving enthusiasts love that heated sport seats are now also standard, and there are also tech features that come as standard, including an eight-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to stream apps from your smartphone as you drive.

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Built-in safety features are one of the most significant upgrades for the 2020 GTI. While the 2019 GTI offered the Driver Assistance package as an optional add-on, the 2020 model now offers these features as standard. The package includes pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, auto emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) – Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) helps the vehicle maintain a preset speed and distance from the car in front of you. When activated, if the car in front of you speeds up or slows down, the sensors can detect the change and your car follows suit up to the preset speed and/or preset gti safety feature


Blind Spot Monitor – The Blind Spot Monitor is a feature that can sense what you might miss. If you attempt to change lanes, Blind Spot Monitor can help alert you to other cars that may be in your blind spot. The Active Blind Spot Monitor (available when a vehicle is equipped with Lane Assist) on select models can also counter-steer within the limits of Lane Assist to help keep you in your lane if you attempt to change lanes when a vehicle is in your blind gti safety features


Front Assist – The Forward Collision Warning (included in Front Assist) system can help monitor traffic and can alert you acoustically and visually to a potential rear-end collision with the vehicle moving ahead. If it senses that a collision is imminent, Autonomous Emergency Braking (included in Front Assist) can support the driver with increased brake pressure or, if the driver does not react at all, it can apply the brakes automatically. The Pedestrian Monitoring (included in Front Assist) feature can warn of pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle and, under certain circumstances, can brake automatically to help mitigate the outcome of a collision with a pedestrian if the driver doesn’t respond to the warnings.

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Lane Assist – When moving above 37 mph, the available Lane-Keeping System (Lane Assist) can sense if you start to drift into another lane without using the turn signal. Within the limits of the system, Lane Assist can help keep you in the current lane when lane markings are detected.

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Customers love the Golf GTI for its signature understated yet purposeful styling that complements its excellent performance capabilities. The GTI 2019 and 2020 models look similar, with the exception of new colors. In 2020, GTI is available in several new colors, including Deep Black Pearl, Tornado Red, and Pure White. This year’s model also comes with two trim level options, and its Autobahn trim is available in the SE package.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI remains the best-performing vehicle at its price point, and thus, no significant performance upgrades were necessary from the 2019 to the 2020 model. You’ll find the same great engine, the same horsepower, and the same gas mileage in both vehicles. This fuel-efficient vehicle averages 32 miles per gallon, and its performance and impressive acceleration is powered by:

  • A two-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine
  • 228 horsepower
  • 258 pound-feet of torque
  • Race-bred handling
  • A manual six-speed transmission (or a seven-speed automatic transmission for a higher price)
  • Autobahn-tuned sport suspension and a limited-slip differential



Warranty and Price

CarsDirect reports that the standard price for a base 2019 GTI is $28,490 while the 2020 usually costs around $29,515. This price bump can be attributed to the now-standard Driver Assistance package and the six-speed transmission, which costs more now in 2020 than it did in 2019.


The overall cost may be higher if you opt for an automatic transmission, which adds $800 (less than the $1,100 difference it cost to upgrade the 2019 model). If you require delivery, the destination fee is $945 ($25 more than the previous year). The Autobahn package, available for $4,300, includes several extra luxury features, such as a leather interior, a Fender sound system, and adaptive cruise control.


The 2019 VW Golf GTI used to come with a six-year, 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, but the manufacturer has lowered the warranty to four years and 50,000 miles for the current model.


Come Experience the Golf GTI for Yourself

At Dick Hannah Dealership, we have an impressive inventory of new and used vehicles for you to test drive — including the newest 2020 Golf GTI. Pay us a visit or give us a call to discuss your questions and find out if this esteemed pocket-rocket ride is just what you need to put some excitement into your driving!

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