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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,398
8 listings nationwide

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0T Final Edition SE Convertible FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$38,857
10 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Now in its last year of production before a major makeover, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI five-door hatchback embodies the benefits (and drawbacks) of the hot hatch formula. The quick, ...

2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0T Final Edition SE Convertible FWD
Kyree Rollerson Preview:

The distinctive Beetle came to represent Volkswagen as soon as it debuted several decades ago, and then returned with renewed vigor when a modern version was introduced in 1998. Unfort...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 8
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
GuruJ11M4 writes:
Plush but expensive
Looks/Style Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD worse.
"Value"
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD better.
"More room"
2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0T Final Edition SE Convertible FWD
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GuruB6J5K writes:
It is a delight to drive and has all the options except leather seats.
Beetleragtop writes:
Front Seats Ranked 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Final Edition SEL Hatchback FWD worse.
"Nicer and more durable interior"
Family Car Ranked 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Final Edition SEL Hatchback FWD worse.
"Both cars are very nice...the SE Premium has all the options the the SEL has."
Beetleragtop writes:
Front Seats Ranked 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Final Edition SEL Hatchback FWD worse.
"Nicer and more durable interior"
Family Car Ranked 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Final Edition SEL Hatchback FWD worse.
"Both cars are very nice...the SE Premium has all the options the the SEL has."

Specs

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0T Final Edition SE Convertible FWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
24 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
30 MPG
32 MPG
33 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
174 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
184 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.6:1
9.6:1
11.7:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard --
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Rollover 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 41.3 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 31.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 17.4 cu ft 7.1 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 705 lbs
Exterior
Length 168 in 168.8 in
Width 70.8 in 71.9 in
Height 57.8 in 58 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 100.1 in

Available Options

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Cornflower Blue
  • Dark Iron Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure White
  • Tornado Red
  • White Silver Metallic
2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0T Final Edition SE Convertible FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl/Black Roof
  • Platinum Gray Metallic/Black Roof
  • Pure White/Black Roof
  • Safari Uni/Black Roof
  • Stonewashed Blue Metallic/Black Roof

Option Packages

  • Wind Deflector

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