2016 VW Golf R vs GTI
An aspect a lot of drivers look for in their vehicle is its power and capability. When you think of powerful vehicles, you probably think of massive trucks built for towing, but that’s not what Volkswagen has in mind. Volkswagen has worked hard to make powerful vehicles available for everyday drivers, without sacrificing the ever-important fuel efficiency.
So if you’re looking for an affordable and powerful vehicle for everyday driving, look no further than the Volkswagen Golf. The Golf family of vehicles offers two models, both of which offer impressive power and efficiency. See for yourself in our 2016 Golf R vs GTI comparison.
What we’ve gathered from our comparisons is that both vehicles have a lot to offer drivers in terms of efficiency, power and interior technology, and whichever you pick will be a great choices in the long run.
Since we haven’t gotten all of the details on the 2016 GTI yet, for the purposes of this comparison, we’ll be examining the 2015 Golf GTI.
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R
With the new model year, drivers of the Volkswagen Golf R are sure to enjoy the extra power of this hatchback. The Golf R features a 2-liter, turbocharged and intercooled, 16-valve inline-4 engine at its heart with an iron block and aluminum head and direct fuel injection. Add this to the 6-speed manual transmission and you’ve got one powerhouse of a hatchback. The Golf R is capable plenty of power while still offering great fuel efficiency.
If you’re looking for the most amount of power you can get in your hatchback, the Golf R is the right choice for you.
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2016 Volkswagen GTI
Like the Golf R, the GTI is also one of the powerhouses of the Golf Family. While the GTI may not offer the same level of power as the Golf R, it more than makes up for it in terms of affordability. Not only is the GTI marked significantly lower than the Golf R, but it also offers better fuel efficiency which means even more savings in the long run. Add that to their closely matched top speeds and you’ve got to admit that the GTI is quite the contender.
Drivers looking for a great deal with savings that keep rolling in are well matched with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
[More from 2016: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Engine specs]
Technology in the 2016 GTI and Golf R
Starting with the 2016 model year, both of these models will feature the VW MIB II infotainment system with the VW Car-Net App Connect and USB capability, all of which controlled using the integrated 6.5-inch touch screen found in both vehicles.
Both models also come with an updated Driver Assistance Package which includes multiple new safety functions including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front assist, lane assist and a parking pilot.
If you’re interested or have any questions on either of these models, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Capo VW. We’re happy to help in any way we can. While it will still be some time before the 2016 models arrive on the lot, drivers can contact us and we’ll make a note to let you know when they become available.
Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!