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Compare the 2018 VW GTI vs the 2018 VW Golf R

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The 2018 VW Golf GTI is an icon of the hatchback industry--one of the hottest hatches in history. Its mix of power and price can't be beat by many rivals in the Concord and Charlotte area, and it has some undeniable good looks.

But its big brother, the new 2018 Volkswagen Golf R, is really tempting rival.

And if you're not turned off by a price that scrapes the 40K mark, it's well worth the time to take a look at similarities and differences between the GTI and the Golf R.

Luckily for you, we've laid it out pretty clearly:

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Price: GTI vs Golf R

  • 2018 Golf GTI: starts at $26,415--standard features include LED taillights, Driving Mode Selection, and VW Car-Net App-Connect
  • 2018 Golf R: starts at $39,785--standard features include DDC adaptive chassis control, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, and VW Digital Cockpit

Price for both of these hatchbacks includes VW's incredible 6-year/72,000 transferable bumper-to-bumper new-vehicle limited warranty, which adds a lot of value just by itself.


Power: GTI vs Golf R

  • 2018 Golf GTI: standard 2.0-liter TFSI turbo engine, good for 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque
  • 2018 Golf R: standard 2.0-liter TSI turbo engine, good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque

Both need premium fuel to get best performance.


Practicality: GTI vs Golf R

  • 2018 Golf GTI: sees up to 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway; delivers up to 53.7 cubic feet of cargo space
  • 2018 Golf R: sees up to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway; delivers up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space

So, the Golf GTI is more affordable, gives you plenty of space for gear, and is still plenty powerful. But, for a $13,370 price boost, the Golf R gives you 72 HP and 22 LB-FT of torque more, all-wheel drive comes standard, and you get a lot more standard features.

Still can't decide?

Visit Hendrick Volkswagen of Concord to test-drive your favorite.


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